‘iPhone 6 SE’ Could Be the Name of Apple’s Next iPhone [Leaked Pictures]

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In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’

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Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac

Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.

Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.

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The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac

Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’

While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.

Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.

New Set of iPhone 7 Pictures Leaked Show Dummy Units and Alleged Display Assembly

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With only three and half weeks until the expected announcement for the iPhone 7, many sources will come forward daily to confirm previous rumors and show off their own leaked pictures. Today is the start and we have high-resolution pictures of a dummy unit of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, there are pictures of the display that cause us to question the authenticity of them.

New Set of iPhone 7

Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit: Letemsvetem

The first set of pictures comes from Czech blog Letemsvetem which are of dummy units of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These devices are not real and they are likely based on blueprints from Apple (or other rumors). Subtle details like the smoothness of the Apple logo, FCC regulation icons, and model numbers show they are not real. However, everything that has come out for the iPhone 7 is in these pictures.

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Front of the iPhone 7, credit: Letemsvetem

The iPhone 7 will come in two storage sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″ like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The smaller phone will have a single rear camera that protrudes from the frame, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edges, and the display looks very similar to the iPhone 6s. Since it is a dummy unit, it is difficult to tell if the Home button will be haptic or a physical button. The larger phone has a similar design with a dual rear camera. It does not, however, have the rumored Smart Connector.

New Set of iPhone 7

Alleged display for the iPhone 7 upside-down, credit: GeekBar

The next pictures claim to show the assembled iPhone 7 display and were posted by Weibo user GeekBar. Without getting too technical, the display is very questionable because of the location of the flex cables. They are located at the top of the display pictured, however, the display is upside down. Looking at the bottom of the display pictured, there is a line with a hole in the bottom center and one off to the left. The center line is the ear speaker, the bottom center hole is for the proximity sensor, and the left hole is for the front camera. For every iPhone since the iPhone 5, the flex cables cover the ear speaker and front camera to connect the display at the top to the logic board. This picture suggests Apple moved it to the bottom of the display.

The significant issue with moving the flex cables to the bottom of the display versus the top is that the iPhone is opened from the bottom. The flex cables being on the bottom make the phone more difficult to open. Plus Apple would need to change the logic board so there are ports for the flex cables to plug into. Based on this, either the display is fake or it was not assembled correctly. Apple is playing it safe this year with the iPhone design. They are not completely redesigning the inside of the iPhone only to redesign it next year. Since there are Apple logos on the flex cable, which is typical of Apple, it is likely that the display is not assembled correctly.

New Set of iPhone 7

iPhone 7 LCD with 3D Touch, credit: GeekBar

The second picture shows the LCD display for the iPhone before it is attached to the glass. It looks very similar to the iPhone 6s with the extra shielding to protect the phone from forceful touches. It also has the chip in the upper left corner which is on the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2 and iOS 10. In addition to the above rumors, the phone will also be powered by the A10 processor, start at 32GB of storage, and have a second speaker in place of the headphone jack.


Blue iPhone 7 Plus Mockup Shown in New Video on YouTube

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In early September, Apple is expected to announce their next-generation iPhones, likely called “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” The screen sizes will be the same as the iPhone 6s/6s Plus with 4.7″ on the iPhone 7 and 5.5″ on the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike last year’s phones, though, there will be much more than screen size to differentiate the two phones. A new video was posted by Unbox Therapy on YouTube that claims to show a mockup of the new phone and shares details about what exactly will be different.

Unbox Therapy, the group known for unboxing videos and leaking unreleased Apple products, released a video of an “accurate” iPhone 7 Plus mockup. They obtained it from a Chinese headphone manufacturer. The mockup is blue, which is one of the new colors rumored for the iPhone 7. It also has the dual rear camera, Smart Connector, less visible antenna lines, and no headphone jack. The dual rear camera will allow the phone to simultaneously take two videos at the same time and capture a better picture. The Smart Connector will work with third-party accessories requiring power instead of utilizing the Lightning port which is needed for playing audio. Finally, the headphone jack has been replaced by a second speaker. As pointed out in the video, the phone is not thinner than the iPhone 6s Plus. Rumors suggested Apple removed the headphone jack to make the phone thinner, but this doesn’t seem to be correct. The mockup appears to be about the same thickness as the iPhone 6s Plus.

Check out the full video below.

Unlike the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the new iPhones will have a few features that differentiate the models. The iPhone 7 will have a single rear camera and no Smart Connector. This iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera setup and the Smart Connector for working with third-party accessories. Apple may further differentiate them with internal specifications, like allowing only the larger iPhone to have 256GB of storage.

The iPhone 7 are expected to be announced in early September alongside a new thinner Apple Watch 2 and an updated iPad mini.

iPad Pro 2 Allegedly Shown Off in New Photos

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After being announced nearly a year ago, the 12.9″ iPad Pro is expected to be updated with the second generation in the fall. There have been little to no rumors for the new tablet, but AppleInsider anonymously received a set of pictures that claim to show the next generation iPad Pro.

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Two alleged photos for the next-generation iPad Pro, credit: AppleInsider

The pictures allegedly show the About section of the Settings app on both the white and black versions of the iPad Pro 2. The pictures do not reveal the design, but the model number, storage capacity, and operating system are shown. The model number is MH1C2CD/F which is not assigned to any current or previous iPad models. Its layout has the same style as other iPad generations with the right amount of letters, numbers, and symbols.

The storage capacity, though, raises a red flag that may disprove the authenticity of these pictures. It claims that the capacity is around 12GB, which is the amount of storage available after the operating system. This makes sense for a 16GB device, but the current iPad Pro starts at 32GB. An iPad with 32GB and only 12GB of available storage would mean that 20GB that is used for software. This is quite high even for prototype device.

The iPad is also running iOS 10 with a build number that corresponds to the developer’s second beta version. This beta was released in early July and has since been replaced by two beta versions.

It is difficult to confirm the legitimacy of these pictures with only the Settings app shown. However, the model number and software version are accurate with current Apple devices.

Apple is expected to release a second generation iPad Pro, likely called the “iPad Pro 2,” with the A10X processor and better specifications. It will hopefully adopt the True Tone Display and other features of the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

Report Claims to Show Off Apple’s New 3.5mm to Lightning Adapter

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Based on the leaks for the upcoming iPhone 7, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone will be the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. The phone will rely on Lightning and Bluetooth for audio in absence of the port. Earlier rumors suggested Apple is working on special Lightning adapter that will connect headphones to the Lightning port and now we may have our first look at it.

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The 3.5mm to Lightning adapter will allow headphones to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn

A new report on a Vietnamese website claims to show off the new 3.5mm to Lightning adapter. The adapter would be used to connect regular headphones to the Lightning port of the new iPhone. The source claims it was obtained from one of the Foxconn accessory factories in Vietnam. It has a very Apple-like design resembling the .2 meter Lightning to 30-pin adapter.

When the adapter is plugged into an iPhone running the developer’s version of iOS 10, the phone accepts it as an authentic adapter. If it is plugged into an iPhone running iOS 9, the phone claims it does not support the adapter. This is significant because it proves its authenticity. The iPhone 7 will be the only phone that needs to use this adapter and it will run iOS 10 out of the box. It cannot downgrade to iOS 9 so there is no need for Apple to allow the old software to work with their new adapter.

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The Lightning adapter plugged into an iPhone 6s, credit: Tinhte.vn

Finally, the report claims the Lightning adapter will be included in the box with the iPhone 7. This makes sense since most everyone has at least one pair of headphones with a 3.5mm plug. Apple could either force their customers to pay for an an adapter or they could include it in the box for free. The former of which may turn customers off from buying a phone that is missing a crucial port. The company did not do this when the iPhone 5 was released with the new Lightning port because 30-pin accessories only work with Apple products. Headphones work with virtually every electronic product that allow for audio input/output. There is a greater need for an adapter for 3.5mm to Lightning so Apple will apparently give it to us.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September at a special media event. The iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 6s but have less antenna lines, a larger rear camera sensor, and potentially come in a new color.

Check out a video below of the Lightning adapter in action:

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.

via Nowhereelse.fr

Pricing leaked for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and new iPhone 7 Pro

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While it is expected for Apple to release two versions of their iPhone 7, details about the lineup’s pricing was leaked and revealed there will actually be three models. The 4.7″ iPhone 7 and 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus are expected, but Apple is also planning to release a 5.5″ iPhone 7 Pro as well.

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iPhone 7 price lineup, via Pocketnow

The lineup pricing, which was posted first by a Weibo user, claims that Apple will release the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. There will be three storage sizes, but what these exactly are was not mentioned. The report just said: base model, middle model, and top-end model. For the iPhone 6s, this means 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. For the iPhone 7, rumors suggest this means 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB and for the iPhone 7 Pro, this likely means 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pricing will be mostly similar as compared to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have the same price points as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for the lower two storage sizes and be a little more expensive for the top-end storage size. Apple has never released three iPhones with the same design before but the leaked picture shows us that we cannot assume the price difference between all three phones will still be $100. For the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the difference is $100. For the iPhone 7 Pro and the iPhone 7 Plus, the difference is $150.

If you covert the yuan to USD, the pricing will be slightly off because of exchange rates and the 20% premium that Apple charges for exporting to other countries. Taking this into account, the pricing is similar to the iPhone 6s lineup.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be similar to the iPhone 6s with the 7000 series aluminum rear shell, curved glass on the front, Touch ID Home button, and the 3D Touch display. For more on the iPhone 7, check out our expectations.

via Weibo and Pocketnow

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. 

via 9to5Mac

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.

via 9to5Mac