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Perhaps you’ve got too much money and need to have the newest thing. Perhaps your iPhone 6 or 5s still works fine and you’re considering treating yourself to the recently announced iPhone 7 Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More . Perhaps you should hold that thought and wait for the iPhone 8.

2017 marks ten years of iPhones, and rumor has it that Apple has something very special planned. The iPhone 7 is more of the same, and though it’s a capable device, the next big thing is already in development and it’s likely to be a real stepping stone.

What Do We Know About the iPhone 8?

Absolutely nothing. Sorry to disappoint you, but rumors aren’t to be relied upon until Apple officially confirms or denies them, usually by means of a product announcement. We won’t really know what the iPhone 8 is like until September 2017, though you can expect a slow drip of leaks and mockups in the months leading up to release, as has become the new normal for Apple products.

Secrecy is a marketing technique that’s worked very well over the years. Even when new features and big changes are leaked months in advance, Apple still holds its cards firmly against its chest. The iPhone is a rumor magnet like no other, attracting speculation that’s likely fueled by the company’s obsession with radio silence until new products are pretty much on the shelves.

The iPhone 7 is somewhat of an anomaly because Apple has settled into a pattern of performing a major hardware refresh every two years. There was the iPhone 4 followed by the iPhone 4s, a brand new iPhone 5 before the 5s, but the most recent design has been used for the iPhone 6, 6s, Plus models, and now the iPhone 7.

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That means we’re “overdue” for a major hardware refresh, which is a bit of a presumptive word to use since Apple is like any other company and likely to adjust their approach based on what works, what sells, and what technology is currently available. It does suggest that the next iteration of iPhone will introduce a major refresh, though.

Top of the rumor mill is a radical redesign, shying away from the lightweight aluminium that Apple has been using since the iPhone 6 in favor of an all-glass body. Rumors first popped up in March and April 2016, with Japan’s Nikkei Asia Review claiming in August that Apple’s hardware manufacturer, Foxconn, has already started producing an all-glass surround for the device.

Further speculation about an edge-to-edge OLED display have led some to suggest that Apple is thinking of canning the physical home button and incorporating Touch ID and front-facing camera directly into the display. It’s not hard to imagine that the company wants to switch to more energy-efficient OLED displays Save Your Screen: How to Prevent Burn-in on AMOLED Screens Save Your Screen: How to Prevent Burn-in on AMOLED Screens Does your device's screen suffer from burn-in? Do you just want to keep your screen healthy for a long time? Then you'll want to read this article. Read More with better black reproduction, but the same sources have speculated that edge-to-edge OLED might only feature in a “premium” iPhone.

Wireless charging is another area where the company has lagged behind certain competitors, and the company is apparently working on such technology that could be ready by 2017. What sets this rumor apart from the rest though is the possibility of “long range” wireless charging that doesn’t rely on the immediate proximity of a charging pad or adapter.

The addition of more advanced biometrics has also been suggested by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s certainly a direction that Apple has been moving towards with the Health app iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor Apple's new watch will turn your iPhone into a revolutionary device for managing your health and fitness – here's how it works. Read More , Touch ID, and Apple Watch. Features like face detection and even iris scanning have been thrown around, presumably as a means of unlocking and securing the device.

Other enhancements are altogether more predictable — a better A11 processor, faster NAND-based storage, higher capacity devices, and a new haptic engine for delivering more complex touch feedback to the user.

When to Buy an iPhone 7

The best time to buy an iPhone 7 is when you need one, which is the answer we always give when it comes to buying new Apple gadgets. If you can hold off on a purchase to coincide with Apple’s fairly predictable release cycles Is There a Right Time to Buy a New Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Is There a Right Time to Buy a New Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Apple is known for sticking to fairly rigid release schedules, which leads many to believe there are right and wrong times to buy Apple products — and it's easy to see why. Read More , you’ll get the newest features, faster hardware, you’ll be the envy of your friends, and you’ll likely pay the same price you would have paid for an older device a few weeks prior.

But the arrival of a new device or knowledge that better technology is forthcoming doesn’t devalue your existing items. An iPhone you buy in August is still an iPhone, and it’s still just as good as it was on the first day of release. New devices don’t make your old ones somehow worse.

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Photographers and musicians may be familiar with the term “gear acquisition syndrome” which describes a condition that prioritizes the collecting of new cameras, lenses, guitars, effect pedals, and so on above the craft or hobby itself. A similar thing tends to happen when smartphone manufacturers release new models each and every year. Think about what you really use your phone for, and it’s unlikely a brand new device will really change your usage that much.

You’ll still be playing Pokemon GO 10 Pokemon Go Tips that Every Beginner Needs To Know 10 Pokemon Go Tips that Every Beginner Needs To Know Pokemon Go can be a little daunting if you're just getting started, so we've made a list of 10 things you need to know to be the very best! Read More and sending drunken Snapchats, while Apple delivers brand new features (like Night Mode iOS 9.3 Has Arrived, Here's Why You Should Upgrade iOS 9.3 Has Arrived, Here's Why You Should Upgrade While mainly focusing on bug fixes and increased performance, iOS 9.3 introduces few new features which make updating all the more worthwhile. Read More ) in free updates anyway. If you have an iPhone 6s, there isn’t a long list of compelling reasons to upgrade to the iPhone 7. If your device is still in good shape and you can live with it for another 12 months, you’re likely better off waiting for the next model for the (admittedly speculative) reasons stated above.

However, if your device is failing you, you’re still using an iPhone 5s or older, and it’s time to open your wallet, there are a lot of compelling reasons to upgrade. In addition to Apple’s newly announced iPhone 7 features like water resistance, a better camera, and faster A10 processor, there’s everything added with the iPhone 6s Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? The good news: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has just been announced. The bad news: your iPhone is now out of date, and you'll need to sell a kidney for the latest model. Read More too including 3D Touch, Live Photos, and always-on “Hey Siri” voice assistance.

But What About the iPhone 9?!

Basing all your purchasing decisions on rumors and upcoming models is a recipe for disappointment, but being realistic about your requirements can pay off. Just remember that if you’re too busy wondering what you’ll be missing out on when the next big thing arrives, you won’t be enjoying the current big thing you’ve got in front of you right now.

One way to guarantee that you’ll get the newest device is to enroll in Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. For around $30 per month, you’ll get a new phone every year, AppleCare+, and the freedom to choose a plan that best suits your usage The 10 Cheapest Mobile Phone Plans in the US Right Now [Cheat Sheet Included] The 10 Cheapest Mobile Phone Plans in the US Right Now [Cheat Sheet Included] There are plenty of cheap mobile phone plans available if you know where to look. Read More  without committing to a two-year contract. Buying a phone through a carrier doesn’t always offer the best value for money due to the longterm commitment required from you, so you might be better off buying outright and selling your iPhone to finance an upgrade yourself.

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In short: buy an iPhone if you need one! Don’t need the latest features? Look for a refurbished iPhone 6s. Also consider the iPhone SE if you want a small yet mighty device that’ll save you some money iPhone SE Review & Giveaway iPhone SE Review & Giveaway Apple's newest iPhone is the smallest produced by the company since the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013. Despite being crammed with the latest hardware, you'd struggle to tell the two apart. Read More .

  1. Badc0de
    September 13, 2016 at 1:37 am

    What a crappy article. Double Camera, 32GB storage minimum, waterproof and stereo speaker to mention some are hardly small changes. Then there's the no-jack thing, but that's not a problem for many and Apple even includes conectors and adaptors in the package. That is also a big change.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 19, 2016 at 2:54 am

      I'm not knocking the new devices, though it's worth pointing out the double camera is only available on the Plus model. I'm tempted to upgrade, coming from an iPhone 6 that lacks 3D Touch and a decent amount of RAM, but if you're coming from a 6s I'm not sure it's such a compelling upgrade.

    • Balgrog
      November 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      The 'no jack thing' is a deal killer in my case. Trouble is there's only one lightning port, and no way to split it in to two full ports. Couple that with what is still a really flaky bluetooth headset implementation - it just doesn't work for some apps, and trying to juggle two headsets and two IOS devices is a nightmare - and the jackless iPhone is crippled compared to the 6s. No lighting microphones, no lightning MIDI input devices. I'd say wait for Apple to work out the technology before jumping. Or wait for the iPhone 8, which could well be the first USB-C iPhone.

  2. Chinmay
    September 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    iPhone 8 will debut in 2018, next year is reserved for iPhone 7S.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 13, 2016 at 1:30 am

      Considering everything is pointing toward a major redesign, Apple isn't likely to treat it like an iterative update. Hence there may be no "S" model next year, because the device may be so radically different to this year's iPhone 7 that it belongs in a different family of device altogether.

      Maybe Apple will drop numbers altogether, as they have with the iPad. Maybe we'll see "iPhone/iPhone Plus" and "iPhone Pro" with subsequent devices introduced as "The New iPhone" that are referred to based on their year of introduction, like the MacBook.

      They have to drop numbers eventually, right?

  3. Dan
    September 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Or you can skip the iPhone and get an up-to-date smartphone with a less crashy OS. The iPhone 7 specs is good enough for a 2014 flagship. And while Android isn't as child-friendly as the eye-candy iOS, it is a more robust one. And some skins make Android almost as easy to use as iOS. They just needed to use 6th graders as focus groups.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 13, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Arguing about smartphone choice is very 2013, but I'll bite: how is the A10 chip only good enough for a 2014 flagship? When you consider Apple closely designs hardware with software in mind, and devices from 2014 (I have the iPhone 6, from 2014) don't seem to encounter any performance bottlenecks in terms of the OS or third party apps (maybe a few of the higher end 3D games suffer, but everyday phone stuff is fine) the idea that iPhone hardware needs to hit bleeding edge standards to be "good enough" doesn't really hold up.

      The optimization process Apple is able to employ stands them in better stead that many other manufacturers who make devices for licensed or open operating systems (Android, Windows Phone?). They control the OS, the demands on the hardware, the tools that developers use to create third party apps — it's not an approach that pleases everyone but it consistently results in a robust package.

      I doubt if you had an iPhone 7 in your hand, and you were trying out a few apps and games, navigating the OS, texting and calling people, and doing all those everyday phone things we've gotten used to that you'd be saying the device isn't up to 2016 standards in terms of raw performance.

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