Will we see the Apple iPhone 7 launched earlier than expected next year?

Will we see the Apple iPhone 7 launched earlier than expected next year?
It hasn't even been two months since the launch of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, but already there is talk about the next iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone. According to a person who claims to be familiar with Apple's plans, the tech titan is going to design, develop, and mass produce the next iPhone ahead of schedule. This source insists that Apple is looking to take advantage of what it expects will be heavy demand for a re-designed iPhone 7.

Apple's design schedule calls for a newly designed iPhone to be followed the next year with an "S" model that keeps the same design as the prior year's phone. In 2014, Apple raised the screen size from 4-inches on the Apple iPhone 5s to 4.7-inches on the Apple iPhone 6. A 5.5-inch phablet, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, was also introduced. That led to this year's Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Apple's schedule now calls for a newly designed Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus for 2016. According to the source, Apple is concerned that as we move into 2016, sales of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will start to wane as consumers wait for the newly designed iPhone 7.

The best person to turn to when you want to figure out what Apple is doing with its mobile products, is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He is always among the earliest with iPhone information, and his calls have usually been right on. Kuo sees Apple beginning to mass produce the iPhone 7 during the third quarter, which essentially means there will be no change to the release schedule. He says that Apple will stuff 3GB of RAM into the iPhone 7 Plus, with the iPhone 7 sporting the same 2GB of RAM used on the current models.

For the last four years, Apple has released its new iPhone(s) around the third week of September. The Apple iPhone 4s was launched in October of 2011. The Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 3GS both went on sale in June, as did the OG Apple iPhone. The Apple iPhone 3G was released in July.

Kuo is also looking for Apple to introduce a 4-inch iPhone in the first-half of 2016. While images of a such a device circulated last year, the so-called Apple iPhone 6c was never produced. But last April, there was a report that AU Optronics had received an order for 4-inch iPhone panels that Apple would use on a new phone in 2016. That story now dovetails perfectly with Kuo's rumor.

source: AppleInsider

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34 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

Apple are usually consistent in their announcement dates and I expect to see a 4.7 inch iPhone 7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. But then again, Note 5 was launched earlier this year even though it was always launched at IFA in September.

4. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

While you are right, I really wish they could make a 5.2" device so other manufacturers would follow suit. The iPhone 6 is too tiny for many, while the iPhone 6 plus is too big for most. Hell, if Apple learned how to reduce the bezels, the plus could feel like a 5.2" smartphone.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody is following Apple on phone sizes. Apple followed the rest of the market to larger phones.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"wish they could make a 5.2" device so other manufacturers would follow suit" I am gonna let everybody lol at you until you realize what you wrote. You are here for only 3 days and you are already a shill.

20. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Yes, follow suit by making flagship phones that are the usable for them (size wize). But yes, just call me an undeserving name. Classy.

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

So you still dont realize there are 5.2" phones? Btw nice upvote you gave yourself there:http://imgur.com/4tmdXsi P.S. I know you are a SamsungPhanboy aka Ratchet just by upvoting yourself and you also made 2 accounts on the same day: http://www.phonearena.com/user/ordinary_patriot http://www.phonearena.com/user/techandbeers Patriot got banned with ease and now you are using this one to troll. #exposed

24. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Never said there aren't 5.2" phones. I'm saying there aren't many 5.2" flagships these days. As for whatever else you are saying, I have no clue what you're talking about.

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?nYearMin=2015&fDisplayInchesMin=5.2&fDisplayInchesMax=5.2 "I have no clue what you're talking about" Yea thats usually the excuse you will hear of a guilty person when evidence is right there, kek.

23. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Wow. 1700+ posts since April 2015? No wonder you're mad lol

25. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

So more posts=mad?

29. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Man ,stop this investigation s**t

30. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Seriously, who is this guy? He's annoying as hell and I literally have no clue what he's talking about.

39. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Just ignore the clown

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

They use to launch the iPhone in the Summer prior to the iPhone 4s. I can see them going back to that due to the iPad and Apple TV being launched in the fall. I believe the Apple Watch and iPhone can be one event. The only catch is what will they do with the software updates and WWDC? Maybe they release the new phones with iOS 9.x and update them to iosX in the fall.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or maybe they are copying Samsung and trying to beat them to the lunch before Samsung starts the Note sales? Like Samsung did them and it had some very positive feedback, like sales...lol I find it so amazing that when Apple does something, you fans try to act like you know exactly why they did it? So tell me genie of the apple, why is it Apple release 3 bad firmwares in a row, why are they breaking working features and why is the quality of the phone had to again break before they made the phone the right way?

27. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The next iPhone IMO may be radically different...slimmer bezels, bigger camera sensor (around 2.6 maybe?) New battery tech and enhanced version of their A9 chipset, the A10 at 1.9Ghz.

33. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Apple's iPhone is slow tech follower, they'll improve 3-4 component, and leave the rest as same as last gen iPhone, its always like that

32. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The Note 5 was launched early only because the iPhone plus model became a serious threat. It was no longer king of the phablet. The iPhone Plus took that title over night.

3. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

We hear this every year lmao

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, Ming Kuo's an amazing analyst - he states the bleeding obvious every year and gets it right 50% of the time. I'll predict now - next iPhone will have a faster processor, slightly better battery life, slightly thinner, slightly lighter, higher resolution screen. I bet I'm right about something.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder what's in store for the 7 Plus. Does it stay a blown up version of the standard size, or does it go full on phablet?

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm hearing rumors that it will have even more ram, so I can see it doing more.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They should go full phablet with it. Let the 7 be the plain phone.

12. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I think theyre going to use the same iP6 design.

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

New devices will be minor upgrades from the current ones, so not worth spending money!

14. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Hopefully, they won't be lazy and add multitasking to the Plus and OIS to the smaller model. A bigger battery and an AMOLED display would be nice.

38. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Amoled? Lol nawwww Maybe some IPS NEO or LTPS. Buuuut apple already make some gorgeous displays tho. Just keep on doing what's best.

15. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Nooo, it will be launched exactly ont he same day as IP 6s and the previous phones, i.e, 9-10 September.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The question is, if they do launch early, will we see all the articles about it being a desperate move?

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If they ship very early, then absolutely, the same should be said of Apple. Samsung did it to try and salvage a fiscal quarter, and the results were still mixed (components up, low-end devices up, flagships down), so it was the right call. It will be easy to see if Apple does it to salvage the previous quarter, and if they do, it should be called for what it is.

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