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iPhone 7 rumours

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If you have an iPhone older than a 6s, or you fancy getting your very first Apple mobile, you're bound to be interested in the launch of the iPhone 7 in September 2016. It's still a few months away but there are already loads of rumours flying round about the new iPhones design and features.

We take a look at the most reliable ones, and sum them up here.

Changing the way we listen to music

It's expected that Apple won't be installing a headphone jack in the iPhone 7, and will instead ship it with ear pods with a lightening connector. This is fairly controversial move, as it means that those of your who have bought expensive wired headphones won't be able to use them with the iPhone 7 - at least not without a lightening port adapter. The main reason for this change is that it will enable Apple to make the iPhone 7 the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet. Using a lightening connector is also expected in improve the overall sound quality achievable from the phone.

A new design

iPhone 7 design

The iPhone 6s came with upgraded internals and new features such as 3D Touch. It shared the exact same design though, and we expect that to change with the iPhone 7. Unfortunately the only reliable design leaks so far have come from MacRumours, and they suggest that the iPhone 7 will be more iterative than revolutionary. The most obvious change is the flush camera lens, which is enabled by Apple using a smaller camera module. This means that the iPhone 7 won't wobble when placed on a flat surface without a case, and gives it a much cleaner look. Also gone are the antenna lines running across the back of the case. Again, this is just a cosmetic improvement, and we'd really like to see some more interesting design tweaks when the finished product launches in September.

We do also suspect is that Apple will make the iPhone 7 much more resistant to water and dust. Last year we wrote about how the iPhone 6s had new waterproofing built in, but we expect the iPhone 7 to go much further, and this could become a huge selling point.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging might not make it into the iPhone 7 but we think it has to be on the horizon. If Apple do lose the headphone jack and rely on the lightening port, that will mean that you can't have headphones plugged in at the same time as charging your phone. Not ideal, and we all know how important usability is to Apple.

Size matters

With the success of the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, it's very likely that we'll see an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch later this year. We expect them to share the same screen sizes as the current models, but the Plus could well have more RAM to help out with the increased processing demands of the larger display. It's also rumoured that it could come with up to 256GB of internal storage.

How much will it cost?

Apple usually launch their new iPhones at the same price point as the previous year, so we'd expect the iPhone 7 to start at £539 and the iPhone 7 Plus to start at £619.

So as ever, the iPhone 7 is going to be a premium bit of kit. Many iPhone 6 and 6s users bought cases to rectify the wobbling that the protruding camera lens caused on flat surfaces. If the iPhone 7 has a flush camera, people might be more tempted to go without. If you're one of those people you should probably consider getting iPhone 7 insurance or iPhone 7 Plus insurance to protect your shiny new phone.