Apple files trademarks for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Airpods – reports

6 Sep 2016

Indications from trademark applications are that Apple is taking this no-headphone-jack thing very seriously

With Apple about to take the wraps off a number of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch products, a trademark lawyer has claimed that Apple has filed for trademarks for two iPhone devices, an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, as well as two wireless headset devices called Airpods.

In the usual lead-up to Apple product launches, there has been rampant speculation about what Apple intends to launch next.

Most commentators agree that the next-generation iPhone 7 devices featuring iOS 10 won’t be a huge departure in form or design from the iPhone 6, with one exception, there will no longer be a headphone jack.

Other reports are signalling the launch of not two but three devices, including an iPhone 7 Plus Pro with dual camera capability. Others speculate that there will be an iPhone 6 SE.

Apple is also expected to reveal a new generation of Apple Watch, as well as the latest iPad products.

As usual, only Apple really knows until the kick-off of its big event tomorrow at 10am PST on America’s west coast.

Apple files for trademarks for two devices: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


An Apple application for a trademark for the iPhone 7 discovered by trademark lawyer Brian Conway

But according to an Ireland-based trademark lawyer called Brian Conway from Rennick Solicitors, there is evidence that Apple is only planning two devices, an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus.

He points to exclusive trademark applications filed on 17 June 2016 by Apple.


An Apple application for a trademark for the iPhone 7 Plus discovered by trademark lawyer Brian Conway

Apple has also filed for trademarks for two models of its Airpod wireless headset that will accompany the new smartphones – one is code-named ID and the other is code-named MY.

According to Conway, between 2011 and 2015, Apple has filed some 13,303 patent applications and filed 2,394 trademarks.

What tomorrow will bring, we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years