Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks on Twitter, is notorious for posting leaks and details on new Android phones and iPhones in advance of their official reveals.
In a tweet sent out on Friday, Blass claims Apple will announce this year’s iPhones the week of Sept. 12. The iPhone 6S was announced on Sept. 9, which makes it possible Apple may stick to a mid-September announcement and ship by the end of the month.
Read the tweet carefully and one detail will stick out. Blass doesn’t refer to the new iPhones as “iPhone 7” but as “iPhone 2016” suggesting Apple may not tack a numeral on this year’s new class.
Blass also didn’t call this year’s iPhones the iPhone 7 when he tweeted out what are reportedly the two models’ internal codenames a few days earlier:
Since the iPhone 3G, Apple has stuck to a “tick-tock” release cycle. Every redesigned “number model” (3G, 4, 5, 6) has been followed by an “S” model the following year.
But it sounds like Apple will break with tradition this year and release new iPhones that will closely resemble the iPhone 6S. This year’s iPhones are expected to have cleaned up antenna lines, better internals and a larger camera hump to accommodate an improved camera.
Apple is reportedly saving a top-to-bottom redesign for , which will coincide with the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.
It’s widely expected that Apple will announce two iPhones this year: a 4.7-inch with a single rear camera and a 5.5-inch model with dual rear cameras. Recently leaked images showed off a third “Pro” 5.5-inch model with dual rear cameras and a 3-dot connector of some kind on the back of the phone, but it’s unclear if Apple will ever release it.
The new iPhones will likely come with a faster Apple-designed processor and more RAM, run iOS 10, include more storage starting at 32GB and going up to 256GB, and maybe sport a touch-sensitive home button.
Boring or not, new iPhones are coming very soon and people are going to freak out over them like they always do.