Apple Could Launch iPhone 7 in the First Half of 2016
We know that Apple has a strategy of launching its next generation smartphones during a special event in September. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has been following this strategy for the past three years, and it has worked quite nicely as the company has seen substantial growth year over year.
That being said, a report from tech news website Fudzilla suggests that Apple may be planning to launch its next edition of flagship handset, dubbed iPhone 7, during the first half of 2016. Reportedly, this earlier than usual launch is due to the less than expected iPhone 6s / 6s Plus sales. In fact, financial analysts are predicting iPhone shipments and Apple’s revenues to decline this year – the first-ever for any iPhone edition.
Launching iPhone 7 in the first half of 2016, Apple could “pull in” the spike in sales that would allow the company to register iPhone growth in the current fiscal year rather than the widely forcasted decline.
Although the iPhone 7 pull-in theory sounds pretty nice, there is one key factor that questions the credibility of this report. And that is the availability of Apple’s A10 in time for iPhone 7.
Earlier rumors claim that Apple will utilize a faster TSMC-built A10 chip with Intel 7360 LTE modem, into its next-gen iPhone. However, TSMC, on its most recent earnings call, announced that it’s targeting a “volume ramp-up” during the second quarter of 2016, that should make it difficult for Apple to launch the iPhone 7 in any real volume in the suggested time frame.
So we’ll advise you to treat this rumor with caution until or unless other reports substantiate this claim. Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.