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Report Confirms iPhone 7 Rumors: Touch Home Button, Space Black, and More

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In about a month Apple will host a special media event where they are expected to announce their next-generation iPhone, likely called the “iPhone 7,” and other new products. In the next thirty days, we will see rumors get confirmed by insiders and major news media groups. We have new details of the iPhone from the user Apple Worldwide Meeting on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. As the source of their information, they cite someone from inside of Apple’s main manufacturer, Foxconn.

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The new black alongside the rose gold and gold colors for the iPhone 7, credit: Apple Worldwide Meeting

In the short Weibo post, the Apple Worldwide Meeting confirms many of the rumors we have heard for the new iPhone 7 including its color options, the rumored disappearance of the headphone jack, and the Home button. The iPhone 7 will be available in the same colors as the iPhone 6s plus a new pure black. This will be a much darker version of space gray that should remind us of the black iPhone 4.  There will reportedly not be a blue model this year. As rumored, both the 3.5mm headphone jack and physical home button will be removed. The post does not specify what will be in place of the headphone jack, but the home button will be touch-only. It will likely be a touchpad that is incorporated into the display.




Additionally, the lack of the headphone jack and home button will cause the phone to be more water resistant. The phone will not be waterproof up to IP68, but it should be better at preventing damage from water.

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The alleged silent/mute switch for the new black iPhone 7, credit: Apple Worldwide Meeting

Apple Worldwide Meeting also leaked the silent/mute switch for the new black version of the iPhone 7. It is much darker in color than the iPhone 6s’ space gray mute switch. This could be more evidence that a new color is coming for the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September with the release date rumored for Friday, September 16th. It will be feature a slightly larger battery, a thinner design, and look similar to the iPhone 6s.

New CAD drawings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus confirm previous sketches

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After we posted our thoughts on sketch for the iPhone 7, a full CAD drawing was released that shows the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from all angles. It matches perfectly to the sketch we shared which leads us to believe that this is the final design for Apple’s next-generation iPhones.

The drawing, which was supposedly sourced from Apple’s casing subcontractor Catcher Technology, shows the design for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Starting with the iPhone 7, we see an absent headphone port with a single speaker on the bottom, a single protruding rear camera (with supposedly no metal ring), antenna bands only near the top and bottom edges, and a design very similar to the iPhone 6s. The rear camera is also much larger than the iPhone 6s’ rear camera and it is closer to the left edge. This drawing along with the one from yesterday confirms the dimensions, at least the height and width, will match the iPhone 6s.

In place of the headphone jack, Apple is apparently designing new EarPods that will connect to the iPhone through Bluetooth and the Lightning port.

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The iPhone 7 will have no headphone jack, a protruding rear camera, and a single speaker on the bottom, via OnLeaks

On the iPhone 7 Plus, we see similar features with no headphone jack, a single speaker on the bottom, and antenna bands only near the top and bottom edges. There is a dual rear camera that is protruding from the phone and three circles near the bottom that are for the Smart Connector.  According a separate report by the KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the iPhone 7 Plus will be only phone in the September lineup to have the dual-camera module and the phone will have 3GB of RAM to meet their new technology. Kuo’s report agrees with these CAD drawings of the iPhone 7 Plus being the only phone with the special camera.

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The iPhone 7 Plus will also not have a headphone jack, but it will have a dual rear camera system and a higher amount of RAM, via OnLeaks

Phones that have a dual rear camera deliver better picture quality, especially when the cameras are zoomed in to a far away object. Like our eyes, they can see the same object from different perspectives. This is one way for Apple to increase the picture quality without increasing the camera sensor’s megapixels. The Smart Connector may also be an exclusive feature of the 7 Plus, which will likely be used for smart accessories and wireless charging.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the second-generation Apple Watch.

Alleged iPhone 7 Lightning connector shows headphone jack

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One of the biggest rumors for the iPhone 7, the absence of a the 3.5mm headphone jack, has been confirmed by many inside sources and most publications. Apple is designing Bluetooth-connected EarPods and Lightning cable headphones replace this outdated technology. The thought behind this giant leap forward is because it is what Apple does (think CD drive on a Mac) and they want the iPhone 7 to be thinner. According to a leaked component, which was posted on Weibo, these rumors are wrong and the iPhone 7 will have a headphone jack.

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Alleged iPhone 7 Lightning port, via Weibo

The picture, which was picked up by 9to5Mac, shows an alleged Lightning connector for the iPhone 7 with an attached headphone jack (light gray component in top right corner). We took a look at the alleged component and compared it to the iPhone 6s’ Lightning connector. The flex cable has a similar layout, but there is a new chip to the left that is not seen on the iPhone 6s, the microphone (gold box) near the headphone jack is facing the wrong way, and it is missing the microphone on the left of the connector. The cable that connects the headphone jack to the rest of the flex cable is also a lot thinner.

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9to5Mac believes that despite the similarities between the two components, in all likelihood, this is from a copycat iPhone. It is very common in China and components are “leaked” as unreleased Apple product parts, but are actually components of copycat phones. With all the rumors pointing towards a headphone jack, I would not put too much credibility on this component.

The iPhone 7 (or iPhone Pro) is expected to be announced in September. It may come with a rear dual-camera, wireless charging, waterproof capabilities, and a body similar to the iPhone 6s.



Supply chain confirms Apple to drop 3.5mm headphone jack

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The next-generation iPhone 7, which is still months away from coming out, has been in the Chinese news several times these past few weeks. While we know for sure the design of the iPhone will be updated, the design that Apple has decided to go with is up in the air, well until recently. Reports have suggested a non-metallic rear shell with non-visible antennas. Apple is also apparently making the new iPhone thinner and has decided to drop the 3.5mm headphone port according to Anzchuo, a Chinese website.

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The website claims that Apple’s supply chain has confirmed that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack. Apple hopes to promote sales of its wireless and Lightning-powered headphones. In each iPhone 7 box, there will be wireless EarPods that will replace the normal EarPods. Apple will also be making Lightning-powered EarPods which will be available in their retail store.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is the universal standard for headphones so when this rumor emerged in a report in November, it became a highly controversial topic. Let us not forget that Apple is usually on the frontline when replacing an old technology with a new one. Previously, they have removed the disc drive from the MacBook which caused some concern, but with music, software and other content being available online and in digital format, there is not much need for a disc drive any more. Recently, Apple redesigned their MacBook with only one USB-C port that will universally accept the power adapter, USB cables, HDMI cable and more with an adapter. This allowed them to make their MacBook incredibly thin and the controversy over this has subsided. The headphone jack being removed on the iPhone 7 seems terrifying now, but we will be over it in a year or so.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also expected to have larger storage capacities, more battery power and be announced in September 2016.

iPhone 7 to drop 3.5mm headphone port

We imagined removing the headphone jack and make the bottom symmetrical.
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A few months ago, before the iPhone 6s came out, we created a concept for the new iPhone’s design. We dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack because we wanted to see how the iPhone would look with a more symmetrical design. This may have sounded far fetched at the time, but it may be exactly what Apple’s planning to do on the iPhone 7. A new report from Japanese blog Macotakara says Apple will drop the port in favor of Lightning and Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

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We imagined removing the headphone jack to make the bottom symmetrical.

The report, which cites a reliable source, claims that Apple is considering removing the 3.5mm headphone port to help the phone be at least 1mm thinner. The current 3.5mm size is the world’s standard so Apple is unable to change it so their only option is to remove it. This make sense, though, because Apple is usually first to do away with popular technology. They first dropped floppy disc drives, then CD drives and now the new MacBook only has one USB drive. With music and entertainment available online, the need for CD and DVD drives is slowly dissipating. I can’t tell you the last time I bought a physical CD or DVD; all my entertainment comes from either Spotify, Apple Music or the iTunes Store.

The upcoming iPhone 7 will apparently also only use headphones that either connect through Bluetooth or through the Lightning port. Apple plans to include a Digital-to-Analog adapter with the phone that will go from the 3.5mm headphone port to Lightning for those headphones still in the past. In addition, the next-generation EarPods will have a Lightning connector.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September 2016 at Apple’s annual special media event. We will probably hear more details about the design early next year as well.