iPhone 7 release date and pre-order date leaked

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With year-over-year iPhone sales on the decline, there is a quite a deal of pressure on Apple's iPhone 7 to help turn things around. Over the past few weeks and months, we've seen no shortage of rumors centering on what type of new features and design choices users can expect to see out of Apple's next-gen smartphone. And now, with the iPhone unveiling just a little bit more than a month away, we finally have a grasp on when the iPhone 7 is slated to hit store shelves.

According to Evan Blass—a leaker with a stellar track record in the mobile space—Apple's iPhone 7 will land in stores on Friday, Sept. 16. Word of the release date originally appeared via Blass' Twitter account last week.

While the date may be subject to change, the rumored launch date aligns nicely with iPhone launches over the past few years. Every single iPhone has launched on Friday, and every iPhone model going back to the iPhone 5 has launched during September. iPhone rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Blass' history of spot-on predictions undoubtedly give this particular rumor much more weight.

Following up on his tweet from last week, Blass a few days ago also published a tweet indicating when pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will likely begin: Friday, Sept. 9.

Pre-orders for any new iPhone typically begin about one week ahead of a worldwide launch, so again, it stands to reason that Blass' prediction here rests on firm ground.

Set to be even thinner than the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7—as you've probably heard by now—will likely ship without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, rumor has it that Apple will rely on the Lightning port to provide audio out.

As for features worth getting excited about, the device promises to be much faster thanks to a blazing fast A10 processor and will likely come with much improved camera technology. The iPhone 7 Plus in particular may be graced with a dual camera system.

Additionally, various reports have pointed to the entry-level iPhone 7 model coming with 32GB of storage as opposed to 16GB. Even more exciting, and arguably long overdue, the iPhone 7's battery may come with 15 percent more capacity than the iPhone 6s.

Lastly, we've also seen reports that Apple with the iPhone 7 will introduce a Space Grey option into the mix.

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