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Multiple leaks agree on the final design for the iPhone 7

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As we saw in the months leading up to the iPhone 6 announcement in 2014, we knew exactly what Apple planned to announce. Components of iPhone first started to leak, then the redesigned chassis came out, and by the time of the announcement, we had full phones. It appears that the iPhone 7 is following the same trend. In a series of a reports, we have the rear shell design for the next-generation iPhone in every color and they confirm previous rumors.

 

The leaks confirm rumors for the final design of the iPhone 7. Like the iPhone 6s, the rear shell is made of 7000 series aluminum with curved edges, a protruding camera, and antenna lines. The camera will still protrude from the phone, but it has a much smoother design and it is part of the frame. Additionally, the camera is roughly 25% larger and it is much closer to the left side like the iPod touch.  The rear shell has antenna lines, but they are limited to the top and bottom edges. The bottom of the phone also no longer has a headphone jack, but it appears to have a second speaker. Previously we saw CAD renderings of the inside of the frame and they showed that the innermost hole where the headphone jack used to be is reserved for the microphone. The other holes will be for the speaker.

 

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The top left shows the most consistent design (likely the final design), the top right shows the right angle antenna line, bottom left shows a tapered, and we aren’t sure what we see on the bottom right.

 

There have been two versions of the iPhone 7 leaked, but only one version is the true design while the other is a fake. It important to notice the subtle distinction which separates the two. Looking at the antenna lines, they start on the edge and curve up or down before extending across the back. This is for the real iPhone 7. There was also a design leaked that show the antenna line starting on the edge and immediately with a right angle moved up and across the back of the phone. The right angle is something that is achieved with Photoshop by using the iPhone 6s and removing two of the antenna lines. Even beyond this, we have seen tapered designs and a we-have-no-idea-what’s-going-on design.




The iPhone 7 will come in the same colors as the iPhone 6s, according to the reports we have read. Earlier this summer, rumors suggested a new color for the iPhone, either a darker space gray or a blue, but it appears that these are not part of the final design. It is likely that Apple will update their color lineup next year with the completely redesigned iPhone 8.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in mid-September alongside the next-generation version of the Apple Watch.

iPhone 7 CAD renderings reveal new details about phone’s design

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On Wednesday, several CAD renderings were posted online by Nowhereelse.fr that show the rear case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Instead of our normal “this is what we are looking at,” we wanted to analyze the rear shell for further insight about what to expect with the new phone. We are uniquely in the iPhone repair and Apple news/rumors blogging business so we have a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of the iPhone.

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The iPhone 7 is leaked in a new CAD drawing, via Nowhereelse.fr

Initially we see what all the other rumors have been saying. The antenna bands are limited to the top and bottom edge, the rear protruding camera has a ring built into the case instead of it being a separate component, it is also closer to the left edge and much larger, the headphone jack is replaced with another speaker grill, and the larger 5.5″ iPhone 7 has a dual rear camera.

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iPhone 7 top of rear case

When we look at the rear shell, we notice several design changes on the inside that gives us some ideas about what the iPhone will look like. Pictured above is the top of the rear case for the iPhone 7. The camera hole is much larger and closer to the edge, as we have already mentioned, but Apple has also removed a larger chunk of metal on the corner to allow this to happen as compared to the iPhone 6/6s. Our concern is for the lack of reinforcement now in the corners. With the camera being so close to the edge, will this cause it to absorb more of the impact when the iPhone is dropped? The camera hole is also lower than it was previously. There is an extra hole at the top of the case which is not there on the iPhone 6s. This could potentially be the location of one of the two rumored new sensors, or just another screw hole. Additionally, there are grooves in the top for the display to slide in like we see on the iPhone 6s. This allows the phone to open like the glass display is on a hinge.

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iPhone 7 bottom of the rear case

The bottom of the rear case shows a similar design to the iPhone 6s with less metal and more speaker holes. Like the top of the case, there is less metal in the corners. There are also a lot less screw holes, which could signify larger components are covering the old screw locations like a larger battery, or Apple is investing into using more adhesive. Let us hope it is not the latter. On both sides of the Lightning hole there are six speaker holes. The phone was previously rumored to have monaural speaker system meaning two speakers putting out the same sound, but it is hard to imagine with the renderings we are looking at. There is a screw hole in the middle of the speaker holes on the left side. This screw is mostly likely to hold the plastic component that pushes the lower microphone against the frame. Unless Apple is redesigning the speakers, the current speaker would not fit in this small space and still have access to all the holes.



 

Everything else looks fairly similar. The iPhone 7 will look like the iPhone 6s with upgraded internal components, a slight change in the rear case, and a updated display with a touchpad Home button. The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in mid-September alongside the Apple Watch 2.

Another design change on iPhone 7: no physical Home button

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While the exterior of the iPhone 7 is rumored to be similar to the iPhone 6s, the Home button may be getting a complete redesign. According to a few sources, the button will be less a button and more of a touchpad. Apple is rumored to use their Force Touch technology to simulate a physical click.

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This previously leaked picture shows the iPhone 7 with a flat Home button, via mobipicker.com

According to Cowen and Company (an analyst company) and 9to5Mac, Apple will be removing the physical mechanism of the Home button and replacing the entire system with a touchpad. To simulate the sensation of the button being pressed, the iPhone will use haptic feedback from Apple’s Force Touch technology. This new button will take out the moving parts of the previous Home buttons, which can break, and it will increase the waterproofness of the phone. When the Home button is currently pressed, a gap is created between the glass and the button as it separates from the display. With the new Home button, there will be no gap created.

An issue that may come up with the new button, as 9to5Mac points out, is that the button can fail since it is not a physical button. Functions like resetting the phone rely on two physical buttons. If the Home button is replaced with a touchpad, Apple will need to use two other buttons to reset the phone.



This rumor matches up with a previously leaked photo (above) that showed the iPhone 7 with a flat touchpad Home button. It also matches up with iOS 10’s mechanism for unlocking the iPhone. The iPhone is now unlocked by “pressing” on the Home button instead of swiping to unlock.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in September. It will come in three models (iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro), with less antenna bands on the rear shell, a larger front and rear camera, and no headphone jack.

New color rumored for iPhone 7: Space Black

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While the iPhone 7 is adding up to underwhelming since it will look very similar to last year’s model, Apple is apparently working on a new color for the phone. According to Macotakara, a Japanese blog, the phone will come in a space black which will be a darker version of space gray and closely match the Apple Watch.

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iPhone 7 envisioned in space black, via Martin Hajek

The space black will be a much darker version of space gray and will potentially replace this color. Macotakara‘s report does not go into detail about how dark the new color is, but Martin Hajek, a popular iPhone concept designer, released a few 3D renderings of the new color. He envisioned a phone with a black aluminum rear shell, black front glass, and dark gray antenna lines.

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There are several colors of space gray currently in Apple’s lineup. They range from a light gray with the iPhone 6s to a dark gray for the iPad Air. The new space black color will hopefully bring consistency to Apple’s devices with a simple black aluminum shell.

The blog also previously reported a deep blue color of the upcoming iPhone 7, but their source claimed that this is no longer the case. Apple has decided to release a darker space gray color instead of a blue.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in September. It will come with a similar design to the iPhone 6s with slight variations in the front display, rear camera size and placement, and the speaker system. For more on the iPhone 7, click here.



 

iPhone 7 design leaked: larger cameras, less antenna bands, no headphone jack

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After months of speculation for the design of the iPhone 7, we finally see a glimpse of the phone in gold and rose gold. Several pictures were leaked by French blog Nowhereelse.fr which show the rear aluminum shell for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. They reveal a familiar design that matches up to the rumors we have been hearing.

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iPhone 7 empty aluminum rear shell, via Nowhereelse.fr

The picture of the iPhone 7 in gold shows an empty rear aluminum shell inside of a third-party clear case. The design is very familiar since Apple is focusing their efforts to redesign next year’s iPhone instead of this one. There are a few changes as compared to the iPhone 6s, however. The antenna lines are only on the top and bottom of the shell instead of also going across the back. The rear protruding camera is much larger, closer to the left side, and has a much softer edge. Previously, the camera protruded with a separate ring with a sapphire glass lens. This iPhone appears to have a built-in ring that is smoother. Additionally, we see a picture of the bottom with no headphone jack and two sets of speaker holes. Hopefully this means we will have a stereo speaker system on the iPhone 7.

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iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone 7 Pro) with dual rear camera, via Nowhereelse.fr

The second picture shows off the iPhone 7 Plus in rose gold. This phone is more put together since we can see the dual rear cameras, LED flash, and stainless steel Apple logo installed, all of which are not present in the gold iPhone 7 picture. There is a white plastic piece around the outside of the frame to protect it. On the left side, there is a cutout for the Lock button and on the top there is an additional cutout for something the current iPhone 6s Plus does not have. This could be for a special sensor, a microphone, or something else. This phone could actually be the iPhone 7 Pro and the cutout could be for an extra ambient light sensor like the 9.7″ iPad Pro has.

These leaked pictures may reveal the final design for the iPhone 7, or they could be pictures of prototypes. While it is too soon to know for sure, the iPhone 7 is in production so pictures like these are expected about this time. If they are accurate, there will be minor changes in the external design with the year’s iPhone and hopefully next year the rumors are true about a complete redesign.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2.


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Leaked iPhone 7 rear shell confirms protruding camera, iPhone 6s design

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Earlier today we posted pictures of molds for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that show the phone will have a similar design to its predecessor, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Another component was leaked over the weekend that claims to show an actual rear shell for the new iPhone and the display’s flex cable.

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An alleged iPhone 7 rear shell, via Weibo

These pictures, which were first uploaded on Weibo, claim to show an actual rear shell for the iPhone 7 along with the LCD flex cable. Starting with the rear shell, it looks very familiar with a few changes. The antenna lines are nearly identical to the iPhone 6s except they are only on the top and the bottom instead of also going across the back. They appear to curve as they go from the side of the device to the top/bottom of it. Previous designs showed a tapered antenna design.

The rear camera seems to have the most changes with a much different looking design and new placement. The camera will unfortunately not be flat and still protrude from the device. It appears to be bevelled and be located closer to the left edge. The camera hole is also larger while the microphone hole is smaller. The LED flash hole looks to be about the same size. Hopefully this larger camera hole means the camera will be receiving a few updates with a better sensor.

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An alleged LCD cable for the iPhone 7, via Weibo

The LCD flex cable, which is black and not attached to the display like it normally is, shows the Apple logo. This is typical of components made by Apple; the logo is used to identify Apple manufactured parts from third-party parts. The flex cable has a design like the iPhone 6s with the rectangular box on the back side.

The Weibo user who uploaded these pictures previously (and accurately) showed us the iPhone 6 design before it was released. The rear shell pictured for the iPhone 7 matches up well to previous rumors and leaked schematics so this is likely the current phone’s design. 

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iPhone 7 molds and schematics confirm other rumored designs

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The design for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus seems to switch every day with new leaks suggesting that they show the true design. Fortunately, the reports have started agreeing with each other and we are seeing more legitimate leaks. Over the weekend, the Italian blog HDblog shares pictures it obtained from a Chinese forum that show the molds and schematics for the upcoming devices.

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The iPhone 7 mold next to the iPhone 7 Plus mold, via HDBlog

The next-generation iPhone will be available in two versions with a 4.7″ display for the iPhone 7 and 5.5″ display for the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 will have a single rear camera like the iPhone 6s with a slightly larger lens and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera. They will both retain the same microphone and LED flash placement and size as their predecessors. While there are no additional holes in the mold for the Smart Connector, the blog mentions that perhaps they may be applied at a later stage.

The molds pictured are used to produce the aluminum rear shells for the phone. They have all the holes required in the shell, like the camera hole, microphone, flash, and Apple logo. The schematics show the design of the molds including its dimensions in centimeters, but not the dimensions of the phone.

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Schematics for the iPhone 7 Plus mold, via HDBlog

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September and have a relatively similar design as their predecessors despite this being a year of redesign. Historically, Apple refreshes their lineup every other year, but this year is a minor update and next year will be a refresh. Since it is the tenth anniversary of iPhone, they are changing the curved aluminum and glass design for an all-glass phone like the iPhone 4/4S.

Leaked components for iPhone 7 Plus confirm 256GB storage and dual cameras

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While Apple is expected to retain the same overall design for this year’s iPhone, they will likely upgrade the internal components to better differentiate it from last year’s iPhone (and the year-before-that’s iPhone.) A new picture showing components for the iPhone 7 Plus was leaked on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo and then were posted by the famous leaker, Steven Hemmerstoffer, on Twitter. They allegedly show the rear camera module and the new storage capacities.

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Alleged rear camera module and storage chips in 16GB, 64GB, and 256GB for the iPhone 7 Plus, via Weibo

If these are legitimate components for the iPhone 7 Plus, then they confirm a couple previous rumors we have heard. The iPhone 7 Plus will reportedly have a second rear camera that will increase its picture quality. Two cameras can view distance and dimension of an object better than one camera can. The cameras may also be used to simultaneously take a regular video alongside a slow-mo video or a time lapse video. Additionally, the phone will have an increased storage capacities. Apple recently came out with an iPad Pro that has 256GB of storage, which is the same size that has been rumored for the new iPhone. Apple showed that it is possible to have one of their devices with 256GB. The leaked picture shows that Apple will retain the 16GB and 64GB options for the iPhone 7 Plus, and replace the current 128GB size with the new 256GB.

Before we accept these parts as fact, we decided to test the authenticity of them. Previously this same Weibo user showed us pictures of another “iPhone component.” This one apparently belongs to the iPhone 7 and it shows the charge port with the headphone jack. The exact feature that several reports and suppliers have confirmed would not be on the iPhone 7. When this was leaked, 9to5Mac concluded that it was likely from an iPhone copycat. This does not add too much credibility to the part we are now looking at that apparently shows the storage capacities and rear camera module for the iPhone 7 Plus. At least this leaked component lines up with the rumors.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September. They are currently rumored to have the same overall design as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but the antenna lines will be less visible, the rear camera will be closer to the left edge, and they will be more waterproof and dustproof.

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Leaked iPhone 7 rear shell resembles iPhone 6s and iPod touch

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While we are still months away from the iPhone 7 release, leaked pictures are making their way from the production factories to the Internet to reveal the phone’s “redesign.” A new picture was posted online via Nowhereelse that shows the rear shell for the iPhone 7 and it, unfortunately, looks awfully familiar.

Leaked iPhone 7 rear shell via Nowhereelse.fr

Leaked iPhone 7 rear shell via Nowhereelse.fr

The picture, which was supposedly taken at a Catcher Technology factory, shows schematics for the upcoming iPhone 7’s rear shell. Like the iPhone 6s, it will be metallic, have smooth and curved edges and antenna lines. The lines, however, are limited to the top and bottom of the shell (as rumored) instead of also going across the shell. The slightly larger camera hole on the left is closer to the edge than we see on the iPhone 6s and has a slight bulging ring around it. In addition, we vaguely see a hole cutout for the Lightning port in the bottom center, a speaker grill to the right and a microphone hole to the left. Unfortunately the picture is not clear enough to confirm or deny the missing headphone jack rumor.

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Notice the camera locations on the iPhone 6 vs iPod touch 6th generation, credit: YouTube

The rear shell is looking to be a hybrid of the iPod touch 6th generation and the iPhone 6s. The camera, as we previously mentioned, is very close to the left edge and slightly larger like we see on the iPod touch and the thickness of the phone is rumored to be equal to the iPod touch 6.1mm. The worker who took the picture even says the phone looks slightly thinner than the current iPhone 6s. The antenna lines are similar to the lines on the iPhone 6s minus the ones that go across the back and it has a similar setup on the bottom of the phone with the exception of the headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be powered by the A10 processor (possibly quad- or hexa-core), have 2GB to 3GB of RAM and come with wireless charging functionality. It will be released in the fall.



Inside source confirms no headphone jack, wireless charging on iPhone 7

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The upcoming iPhone 7 is on everyone’s radar during the new year especially since it’s been very active in the rumor mill. Several reports have come out within the past month detailing many features for the new phone. To continue with this momentum, Fast Company came out with a report that cites a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans and it confirms a few of the rumors we have heard and starts a few more.

The report, which goes confirms the waterproof design and removal of the headphone jack, goes into more details about how Apple will convince their users to change from the 3.5mm headphone. Apple is apparently designing an noise-canceling technology with help from a United Kingdom-based audio-tech company that will work in the software of the iPhone and hardware of headphones. This system will remove background noise in music playback and phone calls. It will only work with Lightning-connected headphones so the wireless EarPods will, unfortunately, not make use of this technology. Apple is designing Lightning headphones under the Beats brand that will work with the new software. Since headphones utilizing this technology will need to have a Lightning connector, they will need to be certified by Apple through the Made For iPhone program.

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iPhone 7 concept, credit: GdgetCompare

The report also claims that there will be a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter included with every iPhone, but this seems unlikely. Even though 3.5mm is on virtually every smartphone, the 30-pin dock connector was used for several years before it was replaced by the Lightning dock connector on the iPhone 5. Apple created a 30-pin-to-Lighting adapter, but it was sold separately. This will likely be the case for their headphone jack adapter.

The report concludes with Apple finally bringing wireless charging to the iPhone. This makes perfect sense since the Lightning port will already be occupied by headphones if the user is listening to music. The Lightning port currently has one purpose: charging the iPhone, but if Apple takes away the headphone jack, it will also be responsible for transferring audio to headphones. If Apple doesn’t bring wireless charging to the iPhone, there would be a trade-off between listening to music or charging the device when the battery is low.

In addition to all these new rumors, the iPhone 7 is expected to have a updated design with a new compound material for the rear shell and not blatantly obvious antennas.