Apple Inc. hasn't uttered even a word on its upcoming devices dubbed as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, forget about revealing the release date and specifications. This silence has left many people confused whether the company is releasing the purported iPhone 7 this year.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be pushed to 2016 with the release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus almost certain this year. The Cupertino giant is silent on its upcoming device like in the past, but many details have been leaked over the months.

A report by Value Walk claiming that Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities had sent out a note to investors that Apple might release its flagship smartphone, perhaps the iPhone 7, had earlier sparked off rumours that it could be released this year.

However, several reports over the last few weeks have claimed that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are arriving this year, thus throwing up a clear hint that iPhone 7 will be launched in 2016.

It was reported that the iPhone 7 will come with features such as an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, sapphire crystal glass, and chassis made of liquid metal. Techradar also reported citing a report by the Wall Street Journal that Apple Inc. had bought LinX Computational Imaging, an Israeli company known for its camera technology, for $20 million (approximately £13.5m), suggesting the possibility that the feature could be introduced in iPhone 7. 

However, the hype around the iPhone 7 has died down and no leaks have been noticed for quite some time now.

On the other hand, speculations around the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have gained momentum of late. M.I.C. Gadget has claimed that it will be unveiled on 11 September before releasing it on 18 September.

Apple Insider had earlier reported that the iPhone 6s (perhaps the iPhone 6s Plus) will be launched with Apple SIM (universal SIM card) pre-installed, in September.

The iPhone 6s is expected to come with features such as a 4.7 or 5.5-inch display, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, 12 MP camera, stronger aluminium alloy chassis and Force Touch, according to a report by Business Insider that cited a research data from Citi Research.

A report by M.I.C. Gadget has claimed that the iPhone 6s will be 7 mm thick as against 6.9 mm thick iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6s Plus will be 7.13 mm against iPhone 6 Plus' 7.1 mm. It added that both the models will be powered by an Apple A9 processor and will have 2 GB RAM and a 12 MP main camera with 4K-video recording.