Apple Inc. has set the iPhone 7 release date, and it seems we’ll see the smart phone for the first time on September 9. We’ve got just 20 days to go before the device is shown off to the world.
Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has had a solid idea of what the iPhone 7 specs will look like for months. He, and his peers on Wall Street have offered some insight into what to expect from the next device. Here’s our round up of all of the specs of the phone, and some evidence to support that September 9 iPhone 7 release date.
iPhone 7 specs revealed
The iPhone 7 specs aren’t much of a mystery. After months and months of digging through the supply chain in Asia Mr. Kuo has come up with a list of features that will likely make it into iPhone 7. His ideas have been backed up by many leaks from the supply chain in recent weeks.
Force Touch is the most important part of the next big smartphone release from Apple. The rest of the iPhone 7 specs will be overshadowed by the inclusion of the haptic feedback tech.
Tim Arcuri of Cowen and Co. reckons that Force Touch will be a hit, and it might change the way people use the iPhone forever. “It takes a two-dimensional screen and basically makes it three-dimensional,” he wrote. I guess we’ll find out what that means in September.
Tavis McCourt from Raymond James reckons that the iPhone 7 will be impressive all around. He says that it will have a “significantly better use experience.” The bump in RAM, which will hit 2GB in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, will likely help users he said.
On top of the increase in RAM, Apple is also going to make the iPhone 7 specs faster at their core. The A9 chip will be central to the way people use the next Apple smart phone. Srini Sundararajan of Summit Research says that the A9 will give users “performance to kill for.”
9to5Mac reckons the A9 chip will be faster than the A8X used in the iPad Air 2 last year.
The iPhone 7 specs may be very different on the inside, but on the outside it will look almost the exact same as the iPhone 6. That illusion will only last until you take a close look, however.
The iPhone 7 will offer more colors than the last Apple release, and my mimic those on offer with the Apple Watch. That means rose gold and space black.
The device will also be thicker than the iPhone 6, built to fit the Force Touch pieces and strengthen the frame. Apple will use Series 7000 aluminum in the iPhone 7. That’s the stronger metal used in the Apple Watch, and it will help avoid further bending issues in the iPhone.
Tracking iPhone 7 sales
For those that own shares in Apple and aren’t just waiting to buy the next smart phone from the firm, the sales numbers are all important. There is no clear agreement on whether the iPhone 7 sales will be able to match, or exceed those of the iPhone 6, but Wall Street is very nervous about the next release from Apple.
Shares in the Cupertino firm have lost more than 13 percent of their value in the last three months on forecasts that the iPhone 7 sales won’t live up to those of its predecessor.
Sherri Scribner of Deutsche Bank reckons that sales of the iPhone have “peaked.” She says that the “iPhone’s growth to underperform the overall market’s growth as we anniversary the iPhone 6 launch.”
The world smart phone market is barely growing at all. It managed to jump just 2 percent in the three months through June. That means very low growth in iPhone 7 sales, or even a fall in units shipped in the next gen Apple smart phone.
Ming Chi Kuo of KGI despite being very bullish on the features of the iPhone 7, agrees with Scribner. Mr. Kuo reckons that even though Force Touch could be a big hit, it won’t be able to push sales beyond those of the iPhone 6.
He’s looking for sales of between 65 and 75 million iPhones in the last three months of 2015. In the same months of 2014 Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones.
Apple Inc. sets the iPhone 7 release date
September 9. That’s the date we’re waiting for. Apple has, according to most of those in the know, chosen the exact same time as last year to place the iPhone 7 release date.
That means that the device will likely be up for pre-order for the first time on Friday September 11. The iPhone 7 release date, or when you’ll be able to find the device inside an Apple Store, will hit on September 18.
Putting the iPhone release date then makes sense, and it has been backed up by more than one release in recent weeks. A leaked memo from a Vodafone executive noted that September 18 was indeed the day earlier this Summer.
A tech writer based in Japan said that they had heard the same thing from the country’s biggest carriers.
Japan, Germany and the UK are all countries that tend to get the new iPhone on its first day. It doesn’t seem as if that will change for the iPhone 7 release date. Bar the US the three are the world’s most populated developed countries. (There is some contention about the population of France and what, exactly, constitutes the UK, but we can’t imagine that keeps Tim Cook awake at night.)
Buzzfeed, which cited sources familiar with Apple’s plans, said that the September 9 was the most likely. If it doesn’t arrive then, it will be no more than a couple of days wither side of that date.
The iPhone 7 release date is September 9, and that means we should see the first invites begin to parade on Twitter at some point in the next 20 days. Those with the iPhone 5S are likely itching at the screen, counting down the days until they can get their hands on a large screen device and Force Touch.