Apple sends invitations for 'iPhone 7' event on Sept. 7: 'See you on the 7th'

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in General Discussion edited August 2016
In what appears to be a theme with lucky number 7, Apple on Monday sent out invitations to members of the media for a keynote presentation on Sept. 7, where the company is expected to announce its next-generation "iPhone 7."




While reading too much into an Apple invitation is ill advised, the emphasis on 7 could be a hint that the company's next-generation handset will indeed be dubbed the "iPhone 7." Leaks building up to next week's announcement have indicated that this year's phone will look largely the same as its predecessors, which led some to speculate that this year's model may not receive a full number upgrade.

The presentation will kick off next Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. AppleInsider will be there live, providing full coverage of the announcements.

Of particular interest with Apple's next iPhone is the expectation that the company will do away with the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. It's believed that Apple will ship the "iPhone 7" with a pair of Lightning-connected headphones in the box, while also offering an adapter for traditional headphones. Eliminating the headphone jack would allow for a waterproof design that could enable thinner form factors.

Water resistance could also be improved with a new haptic feedback home button that will simulate a click when pressed, rather than moving. It's expected that the new home button will operate in a manner similar to the click-less Force Touch trackpad found on recent MacBooks.




Apple is also rumored to be working on its own wireless earbuds with completely separate left and right earpieces, which could be dubbed "AirPods."

The biggest upgrades this year are rumored to be in the larger 5.5-inch model, which is expected to boast a unique dual-lens camera capable of capturing more advanced images. The smaller 4.7-inch version is rumored to have an improved camera, but lack the dual-lens design.

Internally, the so-called "iPhone 7 Plus" is also expected to feature more capable hardware in the form of 3 gigabytes of RAM. It's believed the smaller "iPhone 7" will stick with 2 gigabytes of RAM.




Both models are expected to be powered by a next-generation "A10" processor. It's also rumored that Apple will switch up colors and offer a new "space black" shade, replacing space gray.

For capacity, leaks have suggested the "iPhone 7" will start with 32 gigabytes of storage, and will max out at 256 gigabytes, making them the most capacious models Apple has ever made.

Less certain are rumors that the "iPhone 7 Plus" will feature a magnetic Smart Connector port on the back of the handset. Some leaked parts and schematics have shown the connector above the Lightning port, while others have not featured one.

Preorders for the "iPhone 7" are expected to start a few days after the keynote, on Sept. 9. It's likely that the handsets will become available one or two weeks after that date, launching before the end of September.




Beyond the iPhone, Apple is also expected to take the wraps off of a next-generation Apple Watch with GPS. The new wearable is rumored to look largely the same as the current model, but could pack in a slightly larger battery to help power the new native location capabilities.

Integrating a GPS radio into the watch itself would allow runners, bikers and others to exercise and track their pace and distance without the need for a connected iPhone.

Not expected at the September event, however, are new Macs. Though the company's MacBook Pro lineup is overdue for an upgrade, it's expected to launch later this fall.

The new MacBook Pro is rumored to be Apple's thinnest model ever, switching to reversible USB-C ports, and replacing the top row of function keys with a dynamic OLED touchscreen. It's also expected that Apple will bring its fingerprint sensing Touch ID technology to the MacBook lineup for the first time.
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  • Reply 1 of 89
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,963member
    Will the PowerBook G5 be announced? 
    jbishop1039smack416xzutallest skil
  • Reply 2 of 89
    Was that image in their eMail? Ok, if so, maybe the text is somehow aligned to a 7th vertical division of width, but otherwise, it's just ugly.

    Update
    Found the original, looks more like Apple…

    edited August 2016 tallest skil
  • Reply 3 of 89
    Alluding to a "dark mode"? I hoped there would be a hint to a bigger feature
    edited August 2016
  • Reply 4 of 89
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 4,189member
    I hope the invite isn't a window into what the event will be like. Looks like something someone put together in a few minutes.
  • Reply 5 of 89
    I'm more excited for a new watch than phone, I really hope they announce a new watch too on the 7th.  I'll probably keep my iPhone 6 if it's mostly a spec bump.
    cali
  • Reply 6 of 89
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,449member
    I'm more excited for a new watch than phone, I really hope they announce a new watch too on the 7th.  I'll probably keep my iPhone 6 if it's mostly a spec bump.
    All the rumors suggest the new watch will mostly be just a "spec bump". 
    tallest skil
  • Reply 7 of 89
    xmhillxxmhillx Posts: 109member
    The dark theme hints at a dark mode maybe?
    And the colored bubbles looks like the Siri animation, so heavy updates to Siri?
    It's what I'm thinking 
    caliradarthekat
  • Reply 8 of 89
    thrangthrang Posts: 774member
    The image is pretty clearly a reference to bokeh, an aesthetic blur in photography usually achieved with high quality optics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh And its of the upper quarter of the Apple logo...
    edited August 2016 jbishop1039loquiturdangermouse2calie1618978anantksundaramvolcanradarthekatrealjustinlongsmack416
  • Reply 9 of 89
    Well, at least this will dispel that iPhone 6 SE nonsense going around. Should solidify that iPhone 7 is indeed the name.
    calilkrupp
  • Reply 10 of 89
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 928member
    I'm seeing the Fibonnaci sequence put through a Fourier transform then applied to a Heaviside partial fraction expansion...
    mike11983kibitzer
  • Reply 11 of 89
    TurboPGTTurboPGT Posts: 355member
    originalg said:
    Alluding to a "dark mode"? I hoped there would be a hint to a bigger feature
    It represents the 3 products they're introducing; 
    the big grouping of bubbles is the iPhone, 
    the smaller grouping is the Apple Watch, 
    and that small, lone, greyed out bubble in the back is the Mac.

    The iPhone bubbles go in waves like iPhone sales, the Apple Watch bubbles are still just coming on the scene, and the Mac, well, its all but forgotten.
    Mike Wuerthele
  • Reply 12 of 89
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Just in time. Looking forward to my new iPhone!
  • Reply 13 of 89
    rwesrwes Posts: 171member
    TurboPGT said:
    originalg said:
    Alluding to a "dark mode"? I hoped there would be a hint to a bigger feature
    It represents the 3 products they're introducing; 
    the big grouping of bubbles is the iPhone, 
    the smaller grouping is the Apple Watch, 
    and that small, lone, greyed out bubble in the back is the Mac.

    The iPhone bubbles go in waves like iPhone sales, the Apple Watch bubbles are still just coming on the scene, and the Mac, well, its all but forgotten.
    Am I the only one who sees a butterfly???... :smile:  /s
  • Reply 14 of 89
    macapfelmacapfel Posts: 513member
    "See you" means iPhone looks at you(r Retina) and unlocks?
    spaceraysradarthekat
  • Reply 15 of 89
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,980member
    TurboPGT said:
    originalg said:
    Alluding to a "dark mode"? I hoped there would be a hint to a bigger feature
    It represents the 3 products they're introducing; 
    the big grouping of bubbles is the iPhone, 
    the smaller grouping is the Apple Watch, 
    and that small, lone, greyed out bubble in the back is the Mac.

    The iPhone bubbles go in waves like iPhone sales, the Apple Watch bubbles are still just coming on the scene, and the Mac, well, its all but forgotten.
    Wow, great imagination, but no...you over-interpret it!
  • Reply 16 of 89
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,095member
    If you want to see how the back of the new iPhone 7 will be arranged just go to Amazon and search up Spigen's new cases, guaranteed to fit the new model. 
  • Reply 17 of 89
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,288member
    thrang said:
    The image is pretty clearly a reference to bokeh, an aesthetic blur in photography usually achieved with high quality optics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh And its of the upper quarter of the Apple logo...
    Good eye. It almost certainly is the upper corner of the logo. 
    spice-boy
  • Reply 18 of 89
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    YES!! Time to celebrate and plan my 7th of Sept. Event watching :)
    icoco3
  • Reply 19 of 89
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,870member
    xmhillx said:
    The dark theme hints at a dark mode maybe?
    And the colored bubbles looks like the Siri animation, so heavy updates to Siri?
    It's what I'm thinking 
    If Apple switches their displays to OLED they will redesign for a darker UI
    Soli
  • Reply 20 of 89
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,715member
    Guys, it's obvious. The next iPhone will have a 7" (diagonal) screen. 
    nolamacguy
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