The Apple store is down. You know the drill by now. This is Apple’s rather large hint that the iPhone 7 is now just hours away from being unveiled.
Apple is expected to unveil both a new iPhone and a brand-new version of the Apple Watch at a special event being held in San Francisco.
Claiming to have “something special in store” Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone that will controversially ditch the traditional headphone jack in favour of using the Lightning Port on the bottom of the phone or wireless headphones via Bluetooth.
While it’s unlikely, there has also been talk that the company might unveil a brand-new MacBook, although this would break with the company’s tradition of unveiling new laptops at a separate event.
The iPhone 7 is expected to arrive in five colours and will have some useful new features including being water-resistant and a new all-touch Home Button that does away with physical movements.
Apple’s phone and watch are also getting a serious software upgrade in the form of iOS 10 and new watchOS, both of which are expected to be available to the public from this evening.
Best Smartphones You Can Buy In 2016:
The iPhone 6s
on the surface at least looks like your bog standard update. Visually it's very much the same animal but look a little deeper and this is an entirely different phone. There's now a pressure-sensitive display utilising a feature called 'Force Touch' while a blistering new processor means it's one of the most capable gaming devices outside of your living room.
The new HTC 10
might not have the waterproof credentials of the Galaxy S7 but what it lacks in weather resistance it more than makes up for in media specs. This is a Hi-Res audio playing pro thanks to dual-amplifiers built-in and Hi-Res audio headphones provided as standard. It also has one of the best screens we've ever seen on a smartphone, so there's that.
Incredibly, Apple's familiar-looking iPhone SE
manages to boast the same performance as its top-of-the-range iPhone 6s making it the most powerful 4-inch smartphone available. If you're keen to return to the days of one-handed texting then Apple's bite-sized iPhone is the smartphone for you.
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With a new curved back and larger 5.5-inch display the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
is more about evolution than revolution. The S7 edge now sports a water-resistant body, embedded camera and a MicroSD card slot. The S7 edge is also Samsung's most powerful smartphone yet, so powerful in fact that Samsung have actually had to equip a tiny water-cooling system inside the phone. The good news though is that means you'll never have to worry about getting a warm hand.
The LG G5
sets itself apart from rivals like the S7, Xperia XA and the iPhone 6s by being something utterly unique. The G5 is the first commercial 'modular' phone, allowing you to swap out the bottom for new accessories. So far there's an audio one made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen and a camera-focused attachment which gives you extra camera controls.
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The Huawei P9 is a smartphone designed for capturing life. Thanks to a partnership with photography legends Leica this dual-lens camera can take pictures that'll put your dedicated camera to shame. Of course it helps that the P9 is also a pretty great Android smartphone as well.
The Nexus 5X
strikes the ultimate balance between power and affordability. Taking over the responsibility from the frankly excellent Nexus 5, Google's new smartphone boast an ultra-light body but still crams in a fingerprint sensor, the latest version of Android marshmallow and a Full-HD display.
Sony has created the world's first truly 4K smartphone
. While you might be wondering why, the fact is they've gone ahead and done it anyway. Utilising Sony's amazing screen expertise it should come as no surprise to learn the display is an absolute stunner. There's a fingerprint reader and the ability to play high-res audio.
The Google Nexus 6P
is Google's answer to the big-screen phone. Sporting a 5.7-inch Full-HD panel, the 6P has a beautifully thin unibody enclosure while the subtle fingerprint scanner on the back can be used for security and for paying. You'll also get the added advantage of owning a phone that'll always get Google's Android software before anyone else keeping it safer than ever.
The Moto X Force might not be the most stylish phone of the bunch but what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in strength. With an 'unbreakable' screen the Force is a no compromises Android phone that has a 5.4-inch AMOLED display.
The OnePlus 2 describes itself as the 'Flagship Killer'. It's a bold statement for a company that has made just two smartphones. Despite this the OnePlus 2 lives up to its name, for just £249 you get a stunning Android smartphone that boasts a huge display, large storage and a fingerprint sensor. It's also pretty much customisable to within an inch of its life so if there's anything you don't like about Google's operating system, well you can change it.