Rumor: iPhone 7 to launch week of September 12

By , Jul 23, 2016

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Apple typically launches new iPhones in September and assuming the company sticks to its release schedule, this year should be no different. With only six or so weeks until an official introduction, prominent leakster and VentureBeat reporter, Evan Blass, posted on his @EVLeaks account on Twitter that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released during the week of September 12. New iPhones typically go on sale on Friday, so we’re guessing Friday, September 16, is our release date.

“iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th,” reads Evan’s tweet.

Assuming he’s right and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus hit store shelves on September 16, we’re guessing Apple will start taking pre-orders for the devices a week earlier, on Friday, September 9, in which case a media event should be scheduled a few days earlier, on a Tuesday.

And that, my friends, leads us to conclude that we’re probably less than a month away until invites for an Apple event start going out. Of course, this is all pure speculation based on one guy’s tweet.

For all we know, “release” in Evan’s tweet could be reference to “pre-order”.

In that case, we’re looking at a media event on Tuesday, September 12, with the official handset release on the following Friday, September 23. Another possibility: an event on September 13, pre-orders start on September 16 and the new devices ship on September 23.

24 hours later, Blass clarified that September 16 refers to the retail release.

For the sake of completeness, a few prior iPhone models launched on September 9.

It’s interesting that Blass didn’t refer to the new iPhones as “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus”, but as “iPhone 2016”. Now, some people have said that beginning with this year’s iPhone refresh Apple will stop tacking a numeral on iPhones. If true, we’ll refer to iPhone models by their model years, like with Macs (i.e. mid-2014 MacBook Air, early-2015 MacBook and so forth).

Nomenclature techniques aside, your guess is as good as ours so feel free to make predictions of your own and share them with other readers in the comment section below.

By the way, Blass is the same guy who earlier this week poured called water on the iPhone 7 Pro rumor, saying there will be only two new iPhones this fall, code-named “Sonora” and “Dos Palos” after small towns in California (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus code-names were “N71” and “N66”, respectively).

Source: Evan Blass

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  • Things to consider:
    Apple’s Back to School promotion ends on Monday, September 5th. The announcement could be held the following day on Tuesday the 6th but that doesn’t seem too likely. They will probably hold the event the following week on Tuesday, September 13th. The pre-order could start that Friday, but we need a release date for iOS 10 before the pre-order. I don’t think a September 12th week release works; it’s likely the pre-order.

  • Rob

    Someone’s using dictation… You wrote ‘called’ instead of ‘cold’ haha

  • racerhomie2

    Sounds great ,uniformity

  • Great Lengths

    Same old shit, different year. Yawn!

    • I would camp outside 🙂

      • Great Lengths

        Of course you would, it’s fanboy sheepeople like you who are the reason why crApple could care less about doing anything new an innovative anymore. Because they know fanboys like you will just buy whatever they release! SMH

      • tariq

        What’s wrong with being a fanboy? I’m a fanboy of Samsung. And if some people whana a newer phone. Good for them. You make it sound like it’s a bad thing to like a company

      • Great Lengths

        I don’t know why you’re complaining then. If you’re a fanboy and you’re stupid enough to go buy a “newer phone” when the “newer phone” is 98% identical to the shit you already got in your pocket, then go right ahead. But don’t get butt hurt when NORMAL PEOPLE talk shit and call you a lame ass fanboy!

      • Great Lengths

        That’s fine if you wanna be a fanboy and waste your money buying the same recycled shit over and over and over again. But don’t whine and complain with NORMAL PEOPLE talk shit because they think you’re an idiot!

      • I will ignore your rudeness. I’m not a sheep, just a loyal fan who has been with Apple for years. I don’t care if they re-release the iPhone 4 as “the next best thing.” I will be there for them because they have been there for me.

      • Great Lengths

        “I will be there for them because they have been there for me.”

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you act like Tim Cook came to visit you when you were sick in the hospital or something LMAO!

        My bad though bro, I take back the ‘fanboy’ comment. You’re not a fanboy, you’re just a fuckin TOOL!

      • Great Lengths

        “I will be there for them because they have been there for me.”

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA omg bro seriously? You act like Tim Cook came to visit you while you were sick in the hospital or something! LMAO!

        In light of new evidence, I retract my previous statement about you being a fanboy. Clearly you’re just a fvcking tool!

        Judging by your profile pic it’s obvious why you could care less though. Not like it really matters when you’re spending mommy and daddy’s money right? Maybe one day when your balls drop and you get out there in the real world and actually have to WORK for your money, then maybe you’ll start to demand more for your hard earned money. But for right now, you just keep on sucking mommys tit while you can. =)

      • Jerry

        Damnn Kevin you just got SERVED!

      • I would have, if he was right. He’s completely wrong though so no harm done 🙂

      • I actually own a business that I started from scratch, I am going back to college for a Master’s degree, I have blogged about Apple products for nearly four years and have been quoted by other blogs, and I work for my money. My parents did not give me anything; you have no right to judge who I am because your judgement is completely off.

      • tariq

        without apple, i wouldnt know what laptop to buy for school lol
        I really really hate windows and other softwares!

      • leart

        don’t waste your time with those kind of people.. im a crazy fan of idevices and i don’t give a **** what those trolls say, im having fun with my devices instead those trolls are spreading their frustration over blogs 🙂

      • Bob Smith

        I’m pretty much a phone agnostic, but I feel like so many people just hate android for no reason. When I ask them why, they just say, “because android sucks” or “because apple is better”. I don’t know why everyone hates android, but I think people pay a premium for iOS for the more fluid experience and large user base(at least in the US), am I correct? For me personally, I switched to android because of all the technical features that a jailbroken iPhone just simply can’t do

  • Andrew

    Week of my birthday! 🙂

  • Norbi Whitney

    New Jailbreak dropped!