Followers ofthe ways of Apple will know that September is usually a very important month for iPhone enthusiasts:it tends to be the time whenthe Cupertino-based companyrefreshes its range of phone and iPads. In line with this thinking, many areexpecting the iPhone 7to be released after the two-year cycle of the 6 comes to an end. However, rumours are starting to emerge that suggest Apple may choose to delay the release of the 7 until next year and instead release a new 6 edition, perhaps called the 6se.

Why would Apple delay the iPhone 7?

There's one compelling reason why Apple may choose to delay the7 until next year: 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone and it is reasoned that Apple would want to announce theiPhone 7 to coincide with this date.

It is rumouredthat the 7 will showcaseseveral new features such asan edge-to-edge OLED display and possibly an all-glass body. The other problem with releasing an iPhone 7 this year is that the tenth anniversary wouldthen be left with the slightly underwhelming release of the 's' model which would have few eye-catching advancementsto show off.

What will the iPhone 6se bring to the table?

Unsurprisingly, ifthe various leaked photos are anything to go by, the new iPhone will largely look the same as the 6s. Some of the minor changes could include the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the antenna bands being moved to the edges of the handset. It is also hoped that the base 16gb memory optionwill be phased out since it iswoefully inadequate in thedata-hungry, high-definition era.

Instead, 32gb will be the new base memory while maintaininga similar price point as seen with 16gb.

Apple is expected to announce the new phonein early September.If the rumoured release date of September 16th for the new iPhone is correct, then that would likely mean an announcement in the first week of the month. Whatever the date, it will be interesting to see what Apple enthusiastsmake of this possible decision to delay the iPhone 7 and whetherthe iPhone 6se will bringenough of a change to warrant its purchase.