When is the iPhone 7S on sale?
The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, billed as incremental updates to the iPhone 7, will launch alongside the iPhone 8.
While the latter is expected to a massively different phone from the 7, the 7S-branded phones are tipped as relatively minor updates with improved components and a broadly similar design to the current-generation.
The official launch date for the iPhone 7S and iPhone 8 hasn’t been confirmed yet. But going by previous years, Apple will likely unveil its flagship phones in September.
Traditionally, customers have been able to pre-order the latest iPhone directly from Apple’s website a few days after the launch. But they aren’t normally available in stores or price comparison sites like uSwitch for another week or so.
Either way, if you’ve got your heart set on the latest generation iPhone, you’ll almost certainly be able to get it before October.
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How much will the iPhone 7S cost?
Judging by previous years, you can probably expect to pay around £600 for an entry-level iPhone 7S. The 7S Plus will likely cost roughly £650-£750.
iPhone 7S contracts are likely to start at £45 a month at launch, but expect to pay quite a bit more for the 7S Plus.
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At the moment, there’s no news about deals for the iPhone 7S. But as soon as networks announce their prices, we’ll give you our pick of the best contract deals.
Landing alongside the iPhone 8
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, so we’re expecting something extra special from this year’s release.
Given that there’s so much demand, we’re expecting to see three new iPhones unveiled in September. Rumour has it, there will be a 7S, a 7S Plus and the much-anticipated iPhone 8.
As the names would suggest, the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will be updated versions of the iPhone 7, while the iPhone 8 will be the much pricier must-have device, featuring an all-screen front, wireless charging and improved biometric security.
Fingerprint scanner moved to the back
There have been rumours for a while now that Apple will do away with its traditional home button, in order to make room for the the infinity screen.
Initially there was speculation about a virtual home button built into the screen that would also double as a fingerprint scanner.
But, recent leaked designs seem to suggest that Apple will instead be placing the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone, suggesting that a virtual home button with built-in biometric security probably won’t make an appearance on the iPhone 7S.
Facial recognition tech
Ever since Samsung showcased facial recognition technology on last year’s Galaxy Note 7, there has been speculation that Apple will follow suit and include this additional security feature on its 2017 iPhones.
This could include a high-tech iris scanner, which would be a real selling point for this year's iPhone.
While it’s unlikely there’ll be huge improvements for the iPhone 7S camera, there is talk of a few tweaks for the iPhone 7S Plus.
The iPhone 7S Plus is said to have optical image stabilization for both lenses, rather than just one as is the case on the iPhone 7 Plus, making photos look much sharper.
There have also been reports of a 3D camera, which would make it possible to include augmented reality functions to the phone.
However, as this would likely require a dual-lens shooter, analysts suspect it will only feature on the premium iPhone 8, with a possibility that it may also be included on the iPhone 7S Plus.
Apple recently spent $4 billion (£3.2 billion) on ultra-bright OLED screens. So it seems nailed-on that this year’s iPhones will come with shiny new displays, rather than the LCD screens we’re used to seeing on Apple phones.
OLED screens have been favoured by Samsung for years for the superior colour contrast and sharper picture.
Apple has also used OLED screens for the iWatch.
Despite this, last year’s iPhone 7 was released with an older LCD display, so it would make sense for Apple to upgrade the screens for the 10th anniversary iPhones.
Curved glass back
The iPhone is long overdue a design overhaul and it just might get one in 2017, with rumours pointing to a curved glass back, in place of the metal body of the iPhone 7.
This would definitely give the phone a more premium look, particularly if paired with an OLED display.
Whispers of wireless charging seem well-founded, as Energous, a company that makes the technology, revealed that it has received a $10 million investment from Apple.
The tech developed by Energous uses a special chip within the phone and a separate base station, allowing users to charge their phone from as much as 15 feet away.
It’s likely, however, that this feature will be reserved only for the top-end iPhone 8 and possibly the iPhone 7S Plus,
Again, this is another area where Apple has lagged behind Samsung, with the last two flagship devices from the Android giants coming with a water-resistance rating of IP68. This means that it can survive for up to half an hour in 1.5-metres of water.
It’s likely that Apple will offer a similar level of durability with this year’s iPhone, bringing it in-line with other high-end devices.
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