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iPhone 7 release date rumours & new features

David Price | June 23, 2016
Apple to ditch usual upgrade cycle, save features for iPhone 8 | iPhone 7 headphone jack 'safe for now' according to reports.

According to the source that supplied the photo, Apple has decided to remove the physical Home button because it can go wrong, and can be expensive to replace. While we're taking this 'leak' with a pinch of salt, it could be on the money - recent rumours suggest a buttonless iPhone 7, and this is the first 'proof' that it could be happening. We'll have to wait until September to find out for sure though! 

iPhone 7 design: Deep Blue colour option

A rumour that emerged on 9 June has been labelled "Sketchy" but we're actually kinda hoping this one's true because the mock-up we've shared above is really rather nice.

According to a report from Mac Otakara, the iPhone 7 will come in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and a new Deep Blue, which will replace the Space Grey we're used to.

This is the first time we've heard any rumours about a blue iPhone, but it does seem entirely possible. Samsung offers blue flagship phones that seem to be among the more popular options, so Apple might decide to follow Samsung's lead.

Following the reports from Mac Otakara, designer Martin Hajek has published some gorgeous concept images of the Deep Blue iPhone 7. See more over on Martin's website.

iPhone 7 design: Leaked case renders

As first reported by 9to5Mac, the latest iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) leak is a case leak. The case renders, of both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, seem to showcase the rear-facing dual camera setup and a smart connector, in-line with current rumours. However the keen eyed amongst you will point out that the iPhone 7 render doesn't boast either of these features. What does this mean for the iPhone 7?

Forbes writer Gordon Kelly claims this "confirms" that the features in question are unique to the Plus model, but we're not so sure. Yes, when combined with previous leaks it suggests that the iPhone 7 will not boast the same features as the high-end iPhone 7 Plus, but this is in no way a solid confirmation.

Also, it's worth noting that these iPhone 7/7 Plus cases are due to go on sale at the end of the month despite the iPhone 7 not launching until September (we assume). That alone, along with the fact that any case manufacturer with inside knowledge wouldn't launch a case months early and ruin their relationship with Apple, suggests to us that the latest leak is nothing more than a PR stunt and the design is based on previous rumours. 


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