Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, photos, Rumor
It’s time for photo leaks of the next-gen iPhone again.
A series of high-resolution leaked images show what are apparently an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The photos claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this “Deep Blue” iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.
The photos show both the front and rear side, albeit it’s difficult to confirm if the rumor regarding a traditional, tactile Home button instead of the flush, Force Touch-enabled Home button is present.
Given that the 2016 iPhone update’s changes are expected to be relatively modest, it’s believed that there will be more subtle changes this year.
In the images, the back of the iPhone shows off what’s expected of the device at this point, namely the single-lens camera of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and the dual-lens alternative on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. Previous reports have suggested that Apple could be splitting the iPhone lineup this year into three tiers, with an “iPhone 7 Pro” housing the dual-lens camera and other top-tier features, but these images showcase only two options.
The rear of the iPhone 7 Plus also doesn’t have a Smart Connector, which was suggested earlier in the year to be a potential added-in feature on the larger model. More recently, however, it was reported that Apple has since ditched these plans, and subsequent image leaks and molds for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 have lacked the Smart Connector on the lower backside of the smartphone’s casing. It was never clear what the benefits of a Smart Connector could bring to the iPhone, besides the potential possibility of fueling wireless charging or battery cases.
The images back up several of the current rumors, including realigned antenna bands, tapered camera enclosures and a pretty similar design to the iPhone 6 and 6s models. The bottom and sides of the handset aren’t show, so there’s no word as to how this plays into the rumor of Apple’s removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
It’s currently believed that Apple will hold its Keynote address debuting the iPhone 7 on September 7, with pre-orders kicking off on September 9, and a wide launch of the smartphones on September 16.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.