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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.

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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.

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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.




 

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.

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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Design for iPhone 7 may be confirmed in this drawing

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On the back of our report about five iPhone 7 prototype designs, another 3D drawing has come that claims to show what the iPhone 7 will look like. This drawing seems to agree with an earlier leak we saw that came from one of Apple’s suppliers.

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iPhone 7 3D drawing, via NWE

The drawing, which was first posted on French site NWE, shows a potential design for the iPhone 7. The design shows a camera hole that is much larger than the iPhone 6s and much closer to the left side (similar to the camera placement on the iPod touch). The rear shell looks very similar to the iPhone 6s with curved edges. Additionally, we see a small cutout on the bottom for the Lighting connector, but it appears to be smooth to the sides of it and it does not show a headphone port.

The dimensions for the iPhone are displayed on the drawing showing that it has a height of 138.30mm and width of 67.12mm. This is identical to the dimensions of the iPhone 6s. Unfortunately it does not show the thickness which is what we really want to know about. The thickness of the iPhone is rumored to be either 6.1mm, matching the iPod touch, or 7.1mm, matching the iPhone 6s.

iPhone 7 drawing

We matched up the schematics from March to the drawing we saw this month to show the similarities.

The drawing shows a design that is the same as the leaked design we saw a few weeks ago (see above). Both of these designs have the camera placement, camera size, and lack of a headphone port on the bottom. It is likely that, based on the consistency of this design, this may be the final version of the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September and come with a relatively similar design as the iPhone 6s with a slightly larger battery capacity and the A10 processor.

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.



Purported blueprints claim to show design for iPhone Pro (iPhone 7)

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Earlier this week, purported blueprints were posted by Japanese magazine Mac Fan showing the design for the successor to the iPhone 6s Plus. The phone, which is called “iPhone Pro,” will have the same general design as its predecessor with some new components added and some taken away.

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Blueprints for the iPhone Pro, as leaked by Mac Fan

The blueprints, which were posted on Macotakara, show the dimensions and the design for the iPhone Pro. Matching the iPhone 6s Plus, it will have the same display size (5.5″) and thickness (7.3mm), the curved glass front that seamlessly transitions to the curved aluminum shell, and a rear protruding camera. The design shows that the phone will be dropping the headphone jack and some of the antenna lines, as previous rumors have suggested.

In place of these missing features, the design suggests the phone will have two iSight cameras on the back, the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector on the bottom, and two new sensors on top. The dual-camera design will allow for better picture quality and added functionality when taking videos. One camera could take a slow-mo video while the other takes a regular video from the same angle. The Smart Connector may give the phone wireless charging capabilities that have been rumored for the past few months. In addition, the two sensors at the top of the phone could mean it is borrowing a new feature from the 9.7″ iPad Pro which changes the phone’s display color based on the surrounding environment.

The blueprints also show that Apple may be adjusting the name of the iPhone from the expected name of “iPhone 7” to “iPad Pro,” at least for this model. This is not that unusual, especially since they just did this with the iPad lineup. The successor to the iPad Air 2 was not called “iPad Air 3,” but instead they offered the tablet as an additional size for the iPad Pro. Perhaps Apple will be coming out with the “iPhone Pro” in two different sizes instead of the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.”

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First component for iPhone 7 leaked

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The iPhone 7, which will be announced in September, has been quite active in the rumor mill for upcoming Apple products. Several Chinese websites have come out with details about what to expect for the new device and now a Taiwanese website is claiming to have a physical component. The pictures we see below, which was leaked by Apple Club, show the backlight for the iPhone 7.

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While you may be wondering if this is for the iPhone 7 or for the iPhone 6c, we know for sure it’s the iPhone 7 due to it having the same 3D Touch display chip as the iPhone 6s. The less expensive iPhone 6c is not rumored to have 3D Touch since this technology is reserved for their premium lineup of smartphones. It’s similar to the iPhone 5c not having the Touch ID home button while the iPhone 5s did.

There’s a new connector at the top of the display which may be for a new feature or it could be related to the Touch ID home button or 3D Touch display. Hopefully more components will leak soon so we have a better understanding of its purpose.

The iPhone 7 is also rumored to be incredibly thin with no headphone port, waterproof and dustproof and come with a new casing material.

Report offers new insight to iPhone 7 design

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The next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 7, will undoubtedly have an all-new design. Since it’s a numbered generation (versus an S generation), it will see an update in its rear shell and front panel display. The design of the phone is up in air, but a new rumor provides some insight on what we will/will not see.

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This iPhone 8 concept has a front and back panel made of glass (which is new material) and there’s no antenna lines. Hmm…

According to the Chinese-speaking Commercial Times, which cited a report from a research firm, the iPhone 7 will be made of a new compound material that will hide the antennas. Earlier reports coincide with the rumor of a new material for the rear case, but this is the first we have heard about non-visible antennas. Hopefully Apple has found a new material to use that would hide the antennas without compromising their functionality. Especially if you hold the phone different ways (#Antennagate anyone?).

The newspaper also said the phone would be waterproof, which lines up with every other report that has come out about the iPhone 7. The latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have increased water resistance due to added gaskets and silicone seals, which may be a hint that Apple is building up protection against water in its products. To make the iPhone waterproof, though, there would need to be more internal and external protection to stop water from seeping in around buttons, in the dock connector and the headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September 2016 at a special media event.