iPhone 7 release date, specs news 2016: Preorders starting on Sept. 9; retail release on Sept. 12?

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Information regarding the release of the upcoming iPhone 7 has been leaked again, this time stating that preorders of the phone start on Sept. 9.

The date was leaked by tipster Evan Blass, who wrote "Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event date from there" in his Twitter account. Blass is known for leaking legit information before, so fans have a reason to consider this as true.

The same person previously tipped that the iPhone 7 is dropping to retail stores on Sept. 16, which he clarified to refer "to the retail release, not the launch event." Though fans now have an idea when the next-generation iPhone is going to be available, a date for the event is yet to come up.

According to BGR, Apple might hold the event Sept. 6 or later. This came from observing the dates of the reveal, preorders and retail release of last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The phones were revealed during an event on Sept. 9, then later became available for preorders on Sept. 12.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were made available in stores after two weeks, on Sept. 25. If Blass' leaks are true, then the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are coming earlier than expected. Additionally, the preorder period is shortened to one week. The report noted that this was the case before the iPhone 6s.

In other news, an alleged clone of the iPhone 7 made its way from China to YouTube user Jonathan Morison, who posted a video of its unboxing. The details in the post corroborate past leaks and rumors involving another speaker grille replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack, a larger and more protruding rear camera, and the new tapered design of the antenna bands.