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Monday 28 May 2018

Apple September 2016 iPhone 7 event: When is it and how to watch it

Cristina Criddle

September is a big month in the tech world.

For the past four years, it has marked the launch of the next generation of  Apple products, with this year suspected to bring new versions of the iPhone and Apple watch.

This year, we are expecting subtler physical changes to the new iPhone 7, although significant alterations are expected to the camera, headphone jack and physical home button.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the event.

When is the event?

The event  starts at 10am Pacific Time (6pm BST) on  Wednesday, September 7.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at an Apple event in Cupertino, California, earlier this year. There is every likelihood a hefty EU fine will land from Brussels after the investigations into Ireland’s tax treatment of the computer behemoth. Photo: Bloomberg

How can I watch it?

If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later you can watch it using the built-in Safari browser.

Mac users can stream the event on Safari version 6.0.5 or later, but only if they are running OS X version 10.8.5 or newer.

Second and third generation Apple TVs, with software versions of 6.2 or later, and fourth generation Apple TVs are also able to stream the show.

Can you watch it on Windows PC or Android?

You can, but you will need to be running Microsoft’s Edge browser in Windows 10. The event will not be available on Android devices.

Where is the event taking place?

The show is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Will there be new Apple products launched?

Although the company has not explicitly said whether it is launching any new products, Apple is expected to showcase at least two iPhones at the event. It could also release a new or updated model of the Apple Watch.

What will it be called?

Reports have claimed that the upcoming iPhone could either be called the "iPhone 7" or "iPhone 6se". As the latest handset is expected to feature smaller changes, rather than a radical redesign, analysts have speculated that Apple could save the name iPhone 7 for next year's 10 year anniversary release.

How will the new iPhone be different from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus?

While aesthetically similar, the new models are expected to have some big differences including a pressure-sensitive home button, better camera, power and battery life, as well as having no headphone jack.

The bigger model is expected to have an even-more powerful "dual lens" camera, and possibly a smart connector that allows accessories such as keyboards to be attached to it.

The antenna bands will also be moved from the back of the device to the edges.

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If Apple removes the 3.5mm headphone jack, the phone might be 1mm thinner, but with a much larger, slightly protruding rear-facing camera that will be positioned closer to the top left hand corner of the phone. After initial reports that the camera would sit flush to the back of the phone, more recent purported leaks show a raised, convex lens.

When will it be released?

Apple has confirmed the date for its annual product launch event on September 7.

In the past two years, Apple has released its new phones to the public a few weeks after unveiling them in the second week of September.

Apple normally takes a fortnight between the launch of its products and the public release, but predicted dates differ from September 16-23.

How much will it cost?

For the last two years the cheapest model of the latest iPhone has cost £539.  That price could rise this year in line with post-Brexit currency fluctuations and the rumour that Apple could ditch the cheaper 16GB model for the iPhone 7. This would make the smallest iPhone 32GB, a size that isn't available for the iPhone 6s.

If Apple keeps the prices for its larger handsets the same, we can expect a 64GB iPhone 7 to cost £619 and 128GB £699.  

Apple has been known to lower the price of its older handsets with the release of newer models, meaning the cost of an iPhone 6s could fall in September.

New features

Upgraded camera

While we don't yet have any more details about the camera other than its larger appearance, it could have better low-light capabilities and take even sharper photos.

The 5.5-inch version of the handset could also come with a dual-lens camera, according to some leaked images. This could allow a huge increase in quality, with a second zoomed-in lens able to focus on important parts of the picture.

Pressure-sensitive home button

According to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker could replace the home button with a pressure-sensitive one that works like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus' "3D Touch" display.

Rather than being a switch that users have to physically press, the all-new button could use haptic feedback, which would allow Apple to make the phone bigger.

The forthcoming phone will most likely have a bigger battery than its predecessors and could feature a major upgrade to its specifications, giving the phone a big speed boost. There have also been suggestions the phone could feature faster charging technology.

There are also indications in the beta version of iOS 10, the software the phone will ship with, that it could be more water resistant. 

Killing the headphone jack

Rumours have consistently indicated that Apple will rid the iPhone of the headphone jack, instead shipping the phone with a pair of Lightning EarPods or wireless "AirPod" headphones, featuring Bluetooth or some other wireless standard.

It is likely to be a controversial move, although Apple has faced opposition over changes before, such as when it introduced the lightning connector with the iPhone 5 in 2012. Apple is likely to unveil an adapter that will allow typical wired headphones to be used.

Rendering of the iPhone 7 in Space Black without the 3.5mm headphone jack Credit: Martin Hajek

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