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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Apple's iPhone 7 Event Set For Sept. 7th

The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

It's that time of year again when Apple enthusiasts along with thousands of journalists from around the world gather to find out all the details for the tech giant's latest releases. This year Apple is expected to release their 9th iteration of the best-selling smartphone of all time - the iPhone. However, early rumours have suggested that this year's model will stick very much to the design of it's predecessor the 6s but with one notable exception.. the headphone jack. 

A lot of people have been extremely upset about the idea of 1. Having to purchase bluetooth headphones on top of the over £650 device or 2. Purchasing an adaptor from Apple to enable them to continue using their current 3.5mm ear buds. At first this seems understandable right? Of course it does.. but then removing the jack allows the iPhone to become slimmer and would allow you to both charge the device and listen to your favourite music through the lightening connector. It just depends on how much thickness affects your buying decision I guess. 

The other notable rumour on design tweaks include the possibility of new colour options for the iPhone 7. Personally I'm not hoping for quite the array of garish options that the iPhone 5c had but both Space Black and a Deep Blue colour have both been spotted in production according to various reports so we'll just have to wait and see on that front - I'd definitely go for the Space Black! Just look at those mock ups below..
It's also likely that Apple will finally drop the 16GB base model for its flagship iPhone 7 & 7 Plus and instead lead with the 64GB, 128GB and a new 256GB variations. Who needs 256GB of storage these days I'll never know?! That's a ton of apps, photos and music!

With the event landing on the Wednesday it's likely that pre-orders would begin on Friday 9th September with a launch date two weeks later on Friday 23rd if Apple choose to follow previous launch times. So that's less than a month before it'll be in our hands! 

Which model will you be going for or are you waiting for a refreshed design with the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 next year?

Finally a new MacBook Pro?

The release of a brand new iPhone isn't the only excitement surrounding this year's September event. There's also the possibility of a long awaited hardware update to the MacBook Pro, which has seen barely any refinement apart from processor spec bumps since mid-2013! 

It's likely that if there's a release planned for Autumn of this year then the main selling point for the updated MacBook pro will be the addition of a touch sensitive OLED panel that would replace your current function keys. This panel is also rumoured to be dynamic to the app that you're currently looking at - the example below showing Spotify volume and track selector control. Pretty awesome!

 Other improvements would likely be a move to USB C as well as the usual processor and RAM upgrades to give your Mac that extra boost. Is it worth trading up for a new one though? Who knows just yet but I think for most people it'll take a lot more than a touch-sensitive panel!

What are your most looking forward to seeing at Apple's September 7th event? 


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