Rumor: Apple may save the iPhone 7 name for 2017

Later this year, in September, Apple will introduce two new iPhones, and we're all (more or less) expecting them to be called iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, since they succeed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series. However, according to a tip received by Venture Beat, Apple won't be using the iPhone 7 name this year, instead saving it for 2017 - when the company will celebrate 10 years since the release of the original iPhone. In consequence, the new Apple handsets that we'll see this September could have iPhone 6-something names.

While this is only a rumor for now, saving the iPhone 7 name for next year kind of makes sense, because the 2016 iPhone models will likely not bring major design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal became the latest credible source to report that this year's iPhones should largely resemble the current models, at least on the outside. The most important change that the next iPhones are expected to bring is the lack of a 3.5 mm headset jack, which will make them about 1 mm thinner than the 6s series.

Venture Beat further notes that, with the 2016 iPhones, Apple seems to be moving to a three-year redesign cycle (from the two-year cycle that the company has got us used to). So next year, when an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will probably arrive, they should bring a bevy of new features and enhancements, possibly including glass backs, and OLED displays with embedded fingerprint sensors.

If the iPhone 7 name is indeed saved for 2017, we're really curious to see the names of this year's new iPhones. What do you think Apple will come up with?

source: Venture Beat

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The iPhone 6 OE: Ordinary edition. I'm still gonna pick up the 6 OE+/Pro model......for science! :P

14. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Sounds awful.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I know. I had a brain fart trying to get the first comment in :^(.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So basically. Apple wants an excuse to use the same low resolution display used in the iPhone 6/6S with no OIS camera. Yet be able to charge the same high prices for what is really not a flagship.

39. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Why make a new model with so little change?

2. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Iphone 6x

33. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iPhone 6$

3. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

In the way that sequel to piranha 3d was piranha 3dd, it will be 6ss though I'll have to admit that this 'ss' well never be good as those 'dd's

4. Bobo88

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

Probably it will take the SE name.

5. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

"saving the iPhone 7 name for next year kind of makes sense, because the 2016 iPhone models will likely not bring major design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s" The hypocrisy!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so its really iPhone 6 SS?


Posts: 927; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Super Saiyan edition?

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

More closer to the Nazir version actually... I mean it is Apple we are talking about in the end.

7. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wtf 6 ss lol

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Lookslike dont wana fight with the beast even with the name !!! Samsung NOTE 7 !!

9. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

These rumors change every 30 minutes it seems its getting crazy. If they do name it iPhone 6 something i wouldn't feel like upgrading because i wont feel behind since it still falls under the iphone 6 category. if they name it iPhone 7 even though it looks the same people wont want to feel like they dont have the the latest iPhone

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Seeing as how the SE is selling better than estimates thought.... I don't think normal people care too much honestly.

41. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Selling better than estimates? Where is your damn source link? Stop saying damn stuffs without damn source?

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

iPhone 6.5 iPhone 6S SE

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The first thing came in my mind after reading this article is... iPhone 5 iPhone 5S iPhone 5SE So its a safe bet that the upcoming iPhone will likely be called 6SE to put the naming scheme more inline with little 5SE... Just my two Aussie Cents, which are slightly cheaper than Yankee cents! G'Day!

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 1894; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I am thinking this, as well. If there is no iPhone 7 name this year, it will be the 6SE, and 6SE Plus.

31. 35tomycity

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 16, 2015

Greetings to ya

32. libra89

Posts: 2276; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

There is no 5SE, only the SE, so this doesn't make sense. That was the rumored name and not the actual name.

37. Subie

Posts: 2359; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You sir, are right!

38. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That seems to be the most logical conclusion.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2539; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Everyday, the rumour for the up coming iphones just seem to get more akward and more confusing. What's next? That apple decides to leave their ios 10 for 2017? And from this, I guess they must have left out some important changes in the software for 2017.

17. darryllmcgee

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

iPhone 6C

18. darryllmcgee

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Besides iPhone 6C, I cannot think of a second name. :O

19. john111

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

The next iPhone will be called the iPhone SEV (half 7) :D

22. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Yeah, more excuse for "non-innovation" year. They spam us ervery year for the taglines like "Awesome Product Ever", "The Best iPhone yet" and blablabla. And this year what can we expected ? "We just launch the same phone as previous year because we have to wait Samsung for their awesome OLED screen. Lel

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