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iPhone 7 release nears as first units reportedly ship out

by Jacob Kleinman | September 6, 2016September 6, 2016 7:00 am PST

Apple is all set to unveil the iPhone 7 at a big event this Wednesday in California, but the company may already be shipping its new smartphone to a few major markets. A new report out of China claims the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have begun to arrive in several countries as we close in on the official launch.

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The report notes that Foxconn has already shipped 371,000 Apple smartphones (weighing a little over 200 tons), mostly to the U.S., U.K., Italy and the Netherlands. The company typically sells upwards of 10 million devices in the first weekend, so that 371,000 is really just a drop in the bucket. Still, it shows that Apple is gearing up for another big iPhone launch.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus aren’t expected to be major upgrades, offering a familiar design for the third year in a row and removing the headphone jack. As a result, early sales could be down a bit from last year’s record 13 million sales. However, the new phones are also rumored to pack upgraded cameras, larger batteries, larger storage options and a water-resistant design, which should be enough to win over some customers.

Apple is expected to open pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Friday, September 9, and the devices could officially launch a week later on September 16. We’ll be live from California on Wednesday to cover the official iPhone unveiling and anything else the company might announce.

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Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...