Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 16:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor
This may just be the iPhone 7 Plus.
A leaked photo of the upcoming handset has leaked onto Chinese website Bastille Post.
The centerpiece of the photo is what appears to be a dual-lens camera as well as a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure for it, which breaks from the two separate circular openings that were rumored for the component.
The dual-lens camera is accompanied by a microphone and an LED flash, as seen on previous iPhones, while the antenna bands have been repositioned along the top and bottom edges of the smartphone as we first reported last month.
The leaked images also indicate three dots towards the bottom of the iPhone 7 Plus that appear to provide a place for a Smart Connector to attach. The Smart Connector was introduced on the iPad Pro and can transmit both data and power at the same time for use with accessories.
Adding to the story, aftermarket iPhone modification company Feld & Volk has created several high quality renderings as to what the handset would look like assuming the design is accurate.
The renderings highlight the same features shown in the photo, including the dual-lens camera housed in a single oval-shaped protrusion and a Smart Connector near the bottom of the device’s rear.
Based on its research, Feld & Volk believes that both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may include a dual-lens camera, contradicting several other claims that the camera will be unique to the larger iPhone 7 Plus. Feld & Volk also believes the iPhone 7 will measure approximately 6.1 mm thick (not including the camera protrusion), substantially thinner than the iPhone 6s and in line with the current iPod touch.
The photo does not reveal the bottom of the smartphone, but multiple reports claim the iPhone 7 series will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output, charging, and accessory connectivity.
It’s unknown as to whether Apple will use the extra room towards the bottom of the iPhone 7 handset to incorporate rumored dual speakers from Cirrus Logic. Stereo speakers route audio signals through two channels to simulate direction perception and would likely be louder.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.