Apple confirms iPhone 7 launch date: All you need to know

Apple has sent out invites to the media for a party it'll be hosting on September 7th. Unless everybody's mistaken, Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 during the event.

Apple's upcoming launch event on September 7 could be a make-or-break one for the company after several quarters of falling sales.

When it turned out that new features like Apple's 3D Touch and Live Photos couldn't really make the company sell as many iPhone 6s devices as it expected, it'll be interesting to see how the company plans to market the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets given that the overall look, thanks to leaks, of the devices are quite similar to the existing ones, despite subtle additions and deletions.

To give you a heads up on what's coming, we've compiled a list of features that Apple is expected to introduce with its upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets. These should help you decide if you'd prefer a Galaxy Note 7 or a Huawei P9 or rather buy the new iPhones.

Goodbye to 3.5mm headphone jacks

Apple is expected to do away with 3.5mm headphone jacks in its upcoming iPhones. Instead, the company will supply wireless Bluetooth earpods named 'AirPods' which will possess an advanced technology to last longer than other wireless Bluetooth earphones. The technology, created by Passif Semiconductor- a firm which Apple acquired in 2013, With Passif's Bluetooth chip technologies, Apple's upcoming wireless earbuds will probably feature battery lives that will be long enough to enable regular day-to-day usage.

According to 9to5Mac, 'Apple is prototyping a completely new set of Bluetooth earphones with the potential of launching the accessory alongside the iPhone 7 this fall.' The website adds that the earphones will be wireless and may launch with controls to communicate with Siri, feature noise-cancellation and let users make calls with voice commands. Apple has reportedly trademarked its upcoming earbuds as 'AirPods.'

A10 processor

Apple's new line of iPhones will be powered by the company's new A10 processor which should bring in better power-efficiency, improved multitasking support, reduced battery consumption and faster speeds compared to the A9 processor which powered iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE.

Apple may also replace Qualcomm's MDM9635 LTE modem chips with Intel's LTE chips in the new iPhones. While Qualcomm's chips support download and upload speeds of 300 Mbps and 50 Mbps, Intel's new  Intel® XMM™ 7360 LTE Advanced chip, which is the most likely candidate, will offer "support for up to Category 10 and download speeds up to 450 Mbps."

Additional storage

As per reports, Apple is doing away with 16GB storage models and iPhone 7 will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 256GB storage variants. By basically keeping the base storage at 32GB, Apple will ensure that users won't feel the lack of a MicroSD slot in iPhone 7. At the same time, the 256GB variant will let you pack in as much stuff as you would otherwise store in you MacBook. It'll also be great news for those who despise the iCloud and prefer to keep their files within range even if their iPhones are not connected to the internet.

Dual rear cameras

Like LG G5, Huawei P9 and the just-launched Honor 8, Apple is expected to launch iPhone 7 Plus with dual rear cameras. However, not a lot has been said about their resolutions or capability so we'll prefer to wait for new leaks or until the launch event to tell you more about the cameras.

New design concept

While iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have similar dimensions as iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, they'll feature redesigned antenna lines which will line the top and bottom edges of both handsets. Going by leaked images, these will be all as far as a new design are concerned.

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets are also expected to be the first 'completely waterproof' handsets coming out of Apple's stables. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 as well as inclusion of a new haptic feedback home button may ensure the same.

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