Apple considering earlier-than-usual launch for 'iPhone 7' in 2016, source says

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  • Reply 41 of 68
    ksecksec Posts: 1,569member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post





    Only in the US.

     

    I wonder if the upgrade user have priority over other buyers.

  • Reply 42 of 68
    "Well-connected"? Feh!
  • Reply 43 of 68
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,686member
    rols wrote: »
    Exactly - chances of an early iPhone release are zero. Next iOS announced at WWDC and then they give enough time for some/most/enough of the bugs to shake out and release it in September along with the new devices. 

    This story, like every year, is right out of the school of 'just making stuff up'. 

    A new cheap(er) phone doesn't need an OS release. Decoupling the software and hardware releases would be a good thing.
  • Reply 44 of 68
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,686member
    rogifan wrote: »
    Right because the US isn't a major market for Apple.

    This assumed cheaper phone probably isn't primarily aimed at the US. In any case the upgrade program runs all year. Although apples holiday Q1 is the largest single quarter, still a minority of all consumers across the year buy in that quarter. And Apples upgrade program is by and large just replacing existing carrier plans.

    Also if Apple thinks there's a market for smaller devices the market includes, as well as the price conscious, existing users with a 4/S or 5/s who like that form factor. Those people are out of contract.
  • Reply 45 of 68
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    asdasd wrote: »
    This assumed cheaper phone probably isn't primarily aimed at the US. In any case the upgrade program runs all year. Although apples holiday Q1 is the largest single quarter, still a minority of all consumers across the year buy in that quarter. And Apples upgrade program is by and large just replacing existing carrier plans.

    Also if Apple thinks there's a market for smaller devices the market includes, as well as the price conscious, existing users with a 4/S or 5/s who like that form factor. Those people are out of contract.

    This article is talking about the iPhone 7. If this rumor is correct then it's an indication to me that the 6S isn't selling as well as Apple had hoped. Otherwise there's no reason to move up the launch date.
  • Reply 46 of 68
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    asdasd wrote: »
    A new cheap(er) phone doesn't need an OS release. Decoupling the software and hardware releases would be a good thing.

    Who's talking about a cheaper phone?
  • Reply 47 of 68
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    "Well-connected"? Feh!

    I'm highly skeptical that Apple would release the phone early for YOY comp purposes. Maybe they would tweak the launch date/pre-order by a week but releasing a phone in summer instead of fall? No. We should all hope this rumor isn't accurate because if it is it basically signals that the 6S isn't selling is well is Apple had hoped.
  • Reply 48 of 68
    Though Apple has used the month of September to introduce new iPhones for four straight years, that could change in 2016 with an earlier than expected debut for the '"iPhone 7," a source has told <em>AppleInsider</em>.

    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/gallery/14841-10689-15601773888_709a693187_b-l.jpg" alt="" height="495" />
    <span class="minor2 small gray">"iPhone 7" <a href="http://www.martinhajek.com/iphone-7/">concept by</a> Martin Hajek.</span></div>

    Since the iPhone 5 launched on Sept. 21, 2012, all proceeding iPhone models have launched around that same late-September period. Most recently, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus arrived in the hands of consumers on Sept. 25.
    <q>Launching an "iPhone 7" earlier than expected could calm concerns that iPhone 6s demand might wane at the end of its product cycle.</q>
    But that pattern could end next year with an earlier launch, a reliable source told <em>AppleInsider</em> on Wednesday. The same person has, in the past, provided accurate information about the Apple's future product plans.

    Exactly how early it might launch, however, remains unknown. Up until the iPhone 4s in 2011, the first four generations of iPhone upgrades launched in the summer, in the months of June and July.

    The lone outlier from those launch windows was the iPhone 4s, which became available in October.

    Though plans can change as a product makes its way to market, Apple is apparently hoping to complete the development cycle of its "iPhone 7" faster than in previous years. It's expected that the next-generation handset will feature a completely new external design, as the company has traditionally done with new model numbers.

    This year's iPhone 6s upgrade features largely the same external design as the iPhone 6. That has prompted concerns among investors that demand for the iPhone 6s could wane, particularly toward the tail end of the product cycle, as consumers await a new-look "iPhone 7" next year.

    Launching the "iPhone 7" in an earlier window of 2016 would be one way for Apple to address those concerns, and to help avoid a potential year-over-year decrease in sales as the iPhone 6s product cycle winds down.

    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/gallery/14841-10690-15167230644_5f9b313138_b-l.jpg" alt="" height="495" />
    <span class="minor2 small gray">"iPhone 7" <a href="http://www.martinhajek.com/iphone-7/">concept by</a> Martin Hajek.</span></div>

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, another reliable insider on Apple's future product plans, said <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/11/03/apple-to-launch-new-metal-4-inch-iphone-with-a9-cpu-in-early-2016-insider-says">on Tuesday</a> that Apple also plans to begin mass production of a revamped 4-inch iPhone sometime in the first half of 2016. That suggests Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones in 2016, joining an "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

    According to Kuo, the "iPhone 7" series is currently scheduled to begin production a little later, in the third quarter of calendar 2016. That would place manufacturing anywhere from July to September, according to his sources.

    Kuo also said that Apple is expected to <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/11/03/apples-iphone-7-plus-expected-to-pack-3gb-of-ram-into-a10-cpu-in-late-2016">bump up the RAM</a> in the "iPhone 7 Plus" to 3 gigabytes, an increase from the 2 gigabytes of RAM found in the iPhone 6s series, and three times that of the 1 gigabyte in the iPhone 6 lineup. He believes the 3-gigabyte boost will be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch Plus variant, with the smaller 4.7-inch "iPhone 7" staying at 2 gigabytes in its "A10" processor.
  • Reply 49 of 68

    So my own rumor machine is false :-D

     

    Based on previous rumor that A10 will have much more cores I thought that 4-inch phone will have low frequency duo core A10 and bigger phones 4-core A10 and iPads even more. It would make sense because expected better power efficiency of never processor. But Apple has probably different opinion :-o.

  • Reply 50 of 68
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,418member

    I don't particularly think of myself as a conspiracy nut, but,

    instigating this sort of rumor is exactly how I'd go about

    stalling 6s/6s Plus sales, were I an Apple competitor...

  • Reply 51 of 68
    ksec wrote: »
    I wonder if the upgrade user have priority over other buyers.

    Apple has not said they will get priority. If you're on the upgrade program, you decide when to upgrade and you order the new phone just like anyone else. The only difference is that it'll cost nothing up front. But your order is not given different priority.
  • Reply 52 of 68
    Apple has not said they will get priority. If you're on the upgrade program, you decide when to upgrade and you order the new phone just like anyone else. The only difference is that it'll cost nothing up front. But your order is not given different priority.

    However, if you're on the guaranteed upgrade program, it should help to simplify Apple's production and inventory projections.
  • Reply 53 of 68
    virtuavirtua Posts: 209member
    Everybody knows the new phone will be able to do time travel lol.....
    I thought about this and then realised the watch already does ????
  • Reply 54 of 68
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,926member
    They say this every year man

    iPhone release in the summer or even April would be much better instead of pushing everything in the fall season.....

    Fall is better due to the upcoming holiday seasons of Christmas and Lunar New Year.
    rogifan wrote: »
    This article is talking about the iPhone 7. If this rumor is correct then it's an indication to me that the 6S isn't selling as well as Apple had hoped. Otherwise there's no reason to move up the launch date.

    Or competition manipulates information to get people to wait for the earlier release. iPhones sold as many as Apple predicted.
  • Reply 55 of 68
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,686member
    rogifan wrote: »
    Who's talking about a cheaper phone?
    rogifan wrote: »
    Who's talking about a cheaper phone?

    Me, for one.
  • Reply 56 of 68
    appexappex Posts: 687member
    eSIM and USB 3.1 type C?
  • Reply 57 of 68
    zoetmb wrote: »
    Not only would rumors of an early release depress iPhone6s sales, but if it is released early, fewer consumers would upgrade to the iPhone7 because either they had too recently invested in an earlier model or they're still tied up via contract.   Because there are still many people on 2-year contract cycles, it makes much sense to release the phones at a consistent time of the year each year.


    If the consumer signed up for the lease that they could ge a new iPhone model when a new one came out then it is easy since it does not cost them a thing just an exchange of iPhones!
  • Reply 58 of 68
    frantisek wrote: »
    So my own rumor machine is false :-D

    Based on previous rumor that A10 will have much more cores I thought that 4-inch phone will have low frequency duo core A10 and bigger phones 4-core A10 and iPads even more. It would make sense because expected better power efficiency of never processor. But Apple has probably different opinion :-o.

    If there is to be a new 4" iPhone it will be a "budget model" specs!
  • Reply 59 of 68
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,096member
    harry wild wrote: »
    If there is to be a new 4" iPhone it will be a "budget model" specs!
    Do you mean budget-priced or just older (limited/less capable) hardware, or both?

    What's your guess on the selling price if they do it?
  • Reply 60 of 68
    Hopefully Apple can give us something more than just a thinner rectangle. Some decent ergonomics would be appreciated, or even a slightly curved design that would be easier to hold. Apple needs to shake things up.

    That easy for Apple to do, copy the look of the Samsung S6 design and make a 4 series iPhone 7!
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