Updated: Apple special event: we'll be reporting live from the iPhone 7 launch


Is it already that time of year again? You better believe it, as Apple’s iPhone launch event is upon us once more as we prepare ourselves for an onslaught of new devices from the Cupertino firm.

We’ll be coming at you live from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco later today, reporting from Apple’s special event at which we expect to see the new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch 2 break cover.

That’s not all though, as there’s also a chance we’ll see a wave of new Macs (maybe), the iPad Pro 2 (unlikely), iPad Mini 5 (highly unlikely) and perhaps even a new iPod (highly, highly unlikely), minus a headphone jack.

How to watch

While you’ll want to keep this page bookmarked for our expert analysis, witty remarks and Apple-speak translations, you can also watch the launch with your own eyes.

Make sure you keep an eye out for Gareth, Darren and Matt in the audience, and give them a little wave. They’ll really appreciate it.

Will Apple lose its head(phone jack)?

The big talking point in the build-up to the new iPhone launch has been the expected removal of the headphone jack.

It’s a topic that’s dividing people, with some welcoming the brave new wireless/lightning connection world, while others are grumbling about having to use a dodgy-sounding adapter to continue using their current headphones.

Apple iPhone event liveblog

All times in PT (San Francisco)

07.40 – Good morning Mr Cook! Not a bad looking photo there – shot on an iPhone 7 by any chance?

Apple iPhone launch event

06.00 – What will the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look like? Are Jony Ive and Apple about to pull a whole new design language out the bag, or are we’re going to stick with the rounded slab which has served it well since the iPhone 6?

It seems it’s the latter which is going to win out today, with leaked shots claiming to show the new iPhone revealing slightly tweaked antenna bands, larger camera senses, and not a lot else.

05.00 – There will be quite a few people wanting to know the iPhone 7 release date and iPhone 7 price. Here at TechRadar we can have the best deals sent direct to you, so you get the new iPhone for a great price. Just pop your email address in the form below, sit back, and wait for the deals to roll in.

04.00 – LIGHT THE BEACONS. ALERT THE ELDERS. The Apple Store is down. It happens every time the firm holds an event, and every time it sends a tingle down our spine. We’re not sure why, because we know the reason behind it – Apple’s getting all its new product pages ready for us.

What it does mean is we’re just hours away now. Six, to be exact.

Apple iPhone launch
Just for me? You’re too kind

03.00 – As Tim Cook rolls over in bed, his wireless AirPods fall out of his ears. The audiobook he was listening to before falling asleep automatically pauses when it senses the pods are no longer lodged in the Apple leader’s ears.

On his nightstand sits an iPhone, but not one you’ve seen before. Its blue-ish tint bounces the moonlight creeping through the curtains onto the large mirror at the foot of his bed, filling the room with an ambient glow.

At least, that’s what we assume is happening. Talk of new headphones is rife, with potentially wireless earbuds with built-in heart rate sensors being included in the box. That would be great, but we’re not sure Apple is prepared to take that leap just yet.

Something we’re a little more confident about, though, is a new color (or colors) for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

00.13 – As the clock ticks over into September 7, Apple has finally made use of its new Twitter account to say “Today’s the day” as it teases its special event.

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Oh you big tease, Apple

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