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Apple Has HUGE Plans For 2016's iPhone 7: Specs, Hardware & Features DETAILED

2016 COULD see the release of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus AND the iPhone 6c -- now wouldn't THAT Be special!

It should be a surprise to no-one that 2015 largely played out like 2014, and much the same as the several years prior to that. Apple launched its annual iPhone revamp, in this case the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus , and the duo pretty much cleaned up in terms of sales and profits, outperforming all key rivals in the smartphone space. And, again, in record time too, only a few short months during the latter part of the year after the now-recurring September launch date.

So why are we talking about the iPhone 7 already? Well simple really. It may be another 8 months away, but because of the way Apple (and indeed, the entire smartphone industry) works, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is already well underway in its development of the iPhone 7. And, while Apple likes to try to surprise us, it's a predictable beast; it's almost certain the schedule for the iPhone 7 will see a launch in September 2016.

On top of this, there's also a lot of talk from the rumour mill that's worth taking into account. The tech rumour mill, in its current form, is just bonkers. It seems like a massive web of interconnected analysts, tipsters, and sources inside the Asian manufacturing and supply network that produces all these devices, and it is now faster than ever to produce details of forthcoming handsets well in advance of their launch, while also being stunningly thorough and accurate at the same time. There was a time when we simply heard of a new handset and a handful of details within about four-to-six months of its launch, but these days we're hearing about next-gen devices before the current-gen has even been officially announced. Like we said - bonkers. But welcome, of course!

Apple has traditionally launched its new handsets inside Q3/Q4. This has been the case for as long as most people can remember, but in 2016 there are rumours afoot that things could be about to change. A new report from the usually very reliable AppleInsider has all the details, but we have included the meat of the article below for the sake of brevity:

"Since the iPhone 5 launched on Sept. 21, 2012, all proceeding iPhone models have launched around that same late-September period. Most recently, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus arrived in the hands of consumers on Sept. 25," reports Apple Insider. "But that pattern could end next year with an earlier launch, a reliable source told AppleInsider on Wednesday. The same person has, in the past, provided accurate information about the Apple's future product plans."

That "earlier launch" likely refers to a new 4-inch iPhone model known as the iPhone 6c. It's expected to have many of the same internals as the iPhone 6, but be packed into a smaller 4-inch iPhone form factor. Rumors are the iPhone 6c could launch in March or April. It would be followed in September with the iPhone 7.