The wait is over for an iPhone 7 release date. According to Forbes, the iPhone 7 is slated for release on September 16 of this year, just over a month away.
The Forbes report on an iPhone 7 release date originally sourced a Bloomberg article, which said the iPhone 7 would be announced on September 7 at an event hosted by Apple. The original wording of the Bloomberg article – which Forbes posted on its own site – says the following.
“Somewhat burying the headline in an article about MacBook Pro upgrades [more on that shortly], Bloomberg has casually confirmed that Apple will launch the iPhone 7 at an event on September 7th… What’s more September 7th ties in perfectly with news last month from Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will begin on September 9th, with a subsequent release date of September 16th.”
It is unknown why Bloomberg changed its article to remove the September 16 iPhone 7 release date, but it does not change its reporting on the expected iPhone 7 announcement on September 7.
iPhone 7 Features
So we have been reporting for some time that the iPhone 7 release date was expected to come in September 2016, at the earliest. But what will be the features of the new phone once the iPhone 7 release date is set in stone? According to Forbes, it will be disappointing for diehard Apple fans.
Why? The reason why is the iPhone 8. Wait, you say. Why are we talking about the iPhone 8 when we just literally reported a supposed launch date for the iPhone 7? According to Forbes and other outlets that follow technology, the iPhone 8 is going to be the big, new device with all the fancy features.
“Part of that disappointment comes from the leaks around the iPhone 8 that make it sound like the real ‘next generation iPhone,'” Forbes reported. “Why would anyone go for the incremental upgrade of the iPhone 7 when the iPhone 8 is updating so much more?”
They make a point that many iPhone users may agree with, but we have yet to see how the potential release of the iPhone 8 in 2017 – some 10 years after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the original ground-breaking iPhone to the world – could impact sales.
No Stereo Speakers?
While we know the iPhone 7 is likely for a release next month and we also know the iPhone 8 is likely to have the most advanced features – causing some users to hold off on an upgrade – what we do not know is what exactly the iPhone 7 will have that could be considered ground-breaking.
That said, Mashable is reporting that it has discovered at least one interesting design feature rumored to be in the new iPhone 7 just in time for rumors about its expected release date.
The feature is somewhat odd for people like me, who stream music out of their phone during the work day or in the evenings while we cook or read. But Mashable says no stereo speakers are expected in the new iPhone 7 upon its release in September.
“With less space to fit components, it would be tough to squeeze in a secondary speaker into the already tightly packed iPhone.”
“Stereo speakers would be a good, but not great reason to ditch the headphone jack. But if that’s not the reason, then what will be? It’s starting to sound like whatever the reason is, it won’t be one we’ll be thrilled with.”
So you read that correctly. The iPhone 7 release date of September 16 could introduce users like me to a world without included stereo speakers we have come to love. Instead, for quality sound, we’d need to use either an iPad Pro or possibly – and this is a stretch – purchase external speakers that connect via Bluetooth.
What do you think? Are you excited about the iPhone 7 release date or will you wait for the iPhone 8 in 2017? And should Apple ditch the stereo speakers in the iPhone 7? Tell us in the comments section below.
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