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A lot has already been talked about Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone, dubbed as the iPhone 7, but leaks have hinted that it won't be very different from its predecessor. The next-generation device may come with some feature upgrades over the iPhone 6s but may lack innovation, which will confuse fans about whether to buy the new handset or be content with the old one.

The Cupertino giant is tight-lipped on its upcoming next-generation smartphone but it is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year. The company has a tradition of coming up with a new flagship after the current one completes a year-long cycle in the market. So the iPhone 7 is likely to be launched in September.

Going by the details that have been leaked so far, the iPhone 7 won't be very different from its predecessor. You may not see any noticeable difference except replacement of the 3.5mm headphone jack with a lightning jack. It is reported that the device will measure the same as the iPhone 6s and wear a similar look. Pocket-lint has reported that several pictures reveal that the case designs and glass screen protector made by Cygnett for the iPhone 7 may fit perfectly into the iPhone 6s, which means the devices could be almost identical in terms of looks and size. French website NoWhereElse has also published sketches of the purported iPhone 7 with the same height and width as the iPhone 6s.

According to reports that have appeared so far, Apple will release two variants – the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen and dual camera. The devices are expected to share other specifications, like an A10 chip, an iOS 10 operating system, a 2GB/3GB RAM, and a camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation).

The iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 750x1,334 pixels (326 ppi pixel density), an A9, an iOS 9, a 16/64/128 GB internal memory, a 2GB RAM, a 12MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture, 29mm lens, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3" sensor size and 1.22 µm pixel size, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.2 aperture and 31mm lens, and a 1,715mAh battery.

Not many details of the iPhone 7 have surfaced but it appears that it will be just an upgraded version of the iPhone 6s without any innovation. If this is the case, most owners of iPhone 6 may skip the iPhone 7 and wait for next year's version. However, those using iPhone 5 and older can consider buying the upcoming smartphone.

MobiPicker has reported citing a Chinese tipster that the iPhone 7 will cost 5258 Yuan (around $802) for the 32GB variant, 6088 Yuan (around $924) for the 64GB model, and 7088 Yuan (around $1075) for the 256GB variant. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus is expected to come with a price tag of 6088 Yuan (around $924), the 128GB model is priced at 6888 Yuan (around $1045), and the 256GB variant at 7888 Yuan (around $1197)

The iPhone 6s is priced at 5,288 Yuan for the 16GB model, while the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus comes with a price tag of 7,788 Yuan.