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.
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.