Looking for iPhone 7 Plus rumours? Here’s what to expect from Apple’s big-screen iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, including iPhone 7 Plus release date rumours, specs, new features, design changes and all the leaked photos and concept videos we’ve managed to unearth. Plus: rumours say Apple is working on Lightning EarPods and new wireless AirPods, and that the iPhone 7 Plus might have a ceramic back.
In 2016, Apple is highly likely to launch its third Plus-branded iPhone with a 5.5in screen; this will probably be called the iPhone 7 Plus, after the S-class upgrade in 2015. It’ll arrive alongside the (4.7-inch) iPhone 7 later this year, and there’s even a chance that a new 4in iPhone will be launched too, which we’d call the iPhone 7 Mini if we were in Tim Cook’s shoes.
But what will the iPhone 7 Plus look like, and what new features will it come with? What will be the differences between the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus, and between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus? How will Apple set the top-of-the-range iPhone 7 Plus apart from the rest of its iPhone range? And most importantly, when will the iPhone 7 Plus launch in the UK?
If you’ve been pondering these questions, you’ve come to the right place, because our iPhone 7 Plus release date rumour roundup gathers all the speculation about the new Plus-sized iPhone that Apple will launch in 2016: the iPhone 7 Plus’s release date, design, specs and likely features, from wireless charging to a touchscreen display with built-in Touch ID. We’ll also post any leaked photos of iPhone 7 Plus components we can get hold of, and the coolest and most insightful iPhone 7 Plus concept illustrations and videos that designers come up with.
Bookmark this page for a regularly updated summary of all the information currently available – and all the rumours doing the rounds – related to the iPhone 7 Plus: clues, hints and rumours, as well as any leaked photos of the iPhone 7 Plus that emerge. We’ll update the article whenever we hear worthwhile new information (or interesting gossip) on the subject of Apple’s next Plus-sized iPhone phablet.
Updated on 19 February with rumours about low launch supply, as well as 12 February with new design rumours, and 29 January with new reports that Apple is working on wireless charging. Also updated on 27 January to include new rumours that the iPhone 7 Plus (and only the iPhone 7 Plus) will sport a dual-camera iSight on the rear.
Our iPhone 7 Plus rumour roundup covers a lot of ground: an amazing range of clues and hints about the iPhone 7 Plus have already been dug up despite there being months until its launch. But for those who don’t want all the detail, the following sums up our thoughts.
1) Apple will launch new iPhones in September 2016: probably two, conceivably three.
2) We expect a 4.7-inch phone (the iPhone 7), and a 5.5-inch model (the iPhone 7 Plus). It’s possible that Apple will make another 4-inch iPhone, the iPhone 7 mini or 7c, but this may get shunted forward to the spring of 2016 so as not to remove attention from the other new iPhones.
3) After the physically near-identical iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPhone 7 Plus should get a substantial physical redesign. It’s too early to know what direction Apple will pick, but it’s likely to be thinner than ever.
4) Battery life in the iPhone 7 Plus may be slightly improved, but Jony Ive’s comments have made it plain that Apple doesn’t consider a higher battery life to be worth significant sacrifices in other areas.
5) Higher screen resolution is possible but a long shot. Of the two iPhone 7 models the 4.7-inch unit is more likely to get a resolution bump – pushing it up to the same pixel density (401ppi) as the Plus model – but even that would remove one of Apple’s differentiators between the two handsets. The most likely outcome is for the 7 and 7 Plus to have the same resolution ratings as the 6s and 6s Plus. A harder screen material would play well, on the other hand, whether Apple manages to resurrect the sapphire situation or goes with Corning’s new Project Phire.
6) Please, Apple, please: it’s time to phase out 16GB as the lowest storage offering. It’s nowhere near enough in this day and age. We hope and expect the iPhone 7 Plus to start at 32GB, with further 64GB and 128GB options. One rumour suggests that the 7 Plus may even go as high as 256GB – an additional option that the iPhone 7 will miss out on.
7) Remaining rumours: USB-C port? Unlikely. 3D screen: no. Curved display: probably not. Flexible display: nope. Edge-to-edge screen: yes, quite possibly. Wireless charging: quite possibly. Better waterproofing: a reasonable bet. No headphone jack: quite possibly. Dual camera: quite possibly.
iPhone 7 Plus launch date rumours: When is the iPhone 7 Plus coming out?
Apple has only been releasing Plus-branded iPhones for the past two years, but the pattern is already very clear, and very simple: the company announces two iPhones at the same time, at a September press event, then gets them on sale a week to ten days later.
Just like in 2014 and 2015, we expect the iPhone 7 Plus to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 in September 2016. It’s usually a Tuesday or Wednesday in early to mid September, so at this point our money is on the 6th, 7th, 13th or 14th. (Over the past four years the iPhone event has been held on the 12th, 10th, 9th and 9th of September respectively.)
One slight complication that may impinge on this happy tradition: aside from the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, there’s a fair chance that Apple will choose to update its neglected 4-inch iPhone line-up at some point in the next 12 months. (The iPhone 5s and 5c came out back in September 2013.)
If the company does release an ‘iPhone 7 Mini’, will it do so at the same launch event as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, or will it feel that this is too much for its designers and engineers to work on, or potentially overwhelming for the press and/or public? These are understood to be the reasons why we didn’t get a new iPad Air along with the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4.
The current rumours suggest that Apple will host a March event for the smaller iPhone, now dubbed iPhone 5se in the rumoursphere, as well as the iPad Air 3 andApple Watch updates.
UPDATE: Following an earthquake in Taiwan, there are concerns that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be in lower than expected supply. The earthquake caused serious damage to Apple supplier TSMC’s factories, and earlier in February it was reported that TSMC would be the sole manufacturor of the A10 chip for the iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 7 Plus design rumours: What will the iPhone 7 Plus look like?
The iPhone release schedule has been following a 24-month cycle for the past five years: an S-class update one year, which features internal upgrades (and at least one new ‘killer feature’) but an exterior that is essentially the same as last year’s model; and then a full version number the following year, which is where we get the exterior redesign.
iPhone 7 Plus design rumours: Curved wraparound screen
We’re still in the realm of patents, and these developments could easily end up appearing in a shipped product several years down the line or not appearing at all – Apple, like most tech companies, routinely applies for more patents than it’s ever going to use. But this one has actually been granted (it was applied for a few years back) so it could be reasonably close to reality.