There's been all sorts of leaks and gossip about when the new iPhone is being released, what it will feature and what it will look like. Aside form the nitty gritty of the tech upgrades, here's what you need to know:
1. The release date
According to a leaked email reportedly seen by Mobile News: "Vodafone has told internal staff the next Apple iPhone handset will be released on September 25. In an email to staff seen by Mobile News, the operator outlined pre-launch information, including that the operator will begin taking pre-orders for the device from September 18."
2. The name
No-one seems to have a clue. Most seem to think that, like with past models, there will be a 6S before there's a 7. But some say we'll go straight to 7, with others suggesting they'll drop numbers altogether. Ditto the casing - there are rumours that there will be a rose gold version (see above artist's impression), but this is unconfirmed.
3. Force Touch display
Force Touch is a feature that means the phone can sense the level of force you're touching the screen with and can then do different things based on whether it's a tap or a harder press, for example. Sources have reportedly confirmed this to 9to5mac's Mark Gurman, which means this could be used to drop pins in maps, for fast-forwarding through music and video and for quickly adding events to the calendar.
They've also mentioned haptic feedback, which is basically when the phone vibrates during use - a bit like when a video game controller vibrates during play when you whack Crash Bandicoot against a wall and he can't move. Poor Crash.
4. The size
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is apparently a big deal when it comes to predicting mobile tech, has apparently said that the new Force Touch function means the new phones will be 0.2mm thicker. Otherwise, it's thought the dimensions will be pretty much the same.
5. A better processor
Sounds a bit yawn, but the result would be quicker download speeds and better battery life. YAY!
6. The display
While it seems unlikely it'll be drastically different, everyone from bloggers to the Wall Street Journal say the quality of the display will be improved.
7. The camera
Blogger John Gruber has claimed that Apple are working on the "biggest camera jump ever" for the new phone, to majorly up the quality of pictures to proper digital camera. "I've heard that it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery."
8. Dropping your phone might be a lot less painful
One rumour we're particularly LOVING, is that the new phone will feature Sapphire glass, which is thought to be scratch resistant. Even better, there has been talk of a new anti-cracked-screen technology (surprisingly not the official name).
Apple received patent approval last year for built-in motion sensors that use the motor for the vibrate function to shift the centre of gravity and make sure the phone lands face up if dropped. The patent also mentions ejecting the battery and the use of "air foils" to help rotate the phone. Madness.
By Claire Hodgson
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