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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.

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.

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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.

iPhone 7 with Smart Connector was a prototype design, not final

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After all the rumors we have heard about the iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) having a Smart Connector on the rear shell, this apparently will not happen. Macotakara now reports that the connector will not be on any of this year’s iPhones. Plus a post on Weibo collaborates with this report and offers a reason to why we kept seeing the Smart Connector.


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iPhone 7 prototype design with Smart Connector, via Weibo

According to the Weibo post, Foxconn had five different designs (as we reported in December) being tested for the iPhone 7. This explains exactly why we have seen so many contradictory reports. Apple designed several iPhone 7 models and they are currently floating around. Report are popping up left and right suggesting certain features, then a report comes out a couple of days later with the completely opposite information.

One of the designs that Apple was testing had a Smart Connector on the rear shell, in addition to a flush camera design, less antenna lines, and a design similar to the iPhone 6s. Macotakara is reporting that the Smart Connector prototype is the design that Apple did not decide to go with. They do have four others in testing and one them is likely the final design.

The iPhone 7 prototypes also had a design with a USB-C connector instead of the Lightning connector, one that had a multi-Force Touch display, and another with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The iPhone 7, with whatever design Apple chooses, is expected to announced in September.

Report claims iPhone 7 battery slightly better than iPhone 6s

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The iPhone 7 is only a few months away from being announced and the rumor mill is starting to pick up speed about what to expect. A report in China came out last week that detailed the battery capacities of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Alleged batteries for iPhone 7 and iPhony 7 Plus, via Weibo.

According to a post on Weibo, the iPhone 7 will have a battery with a capacity of 1735 mAH and the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 2810 mAH battery. This is a slight jump in the battery capacity of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are 1715 mAH and 2750 mAh, respectively. This is a downgrade from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

More battery capacity, as compared to the iPhone 6s, could signal more battery life, but it is more than likely that Apple is aiming to retain the same battery life. They have opted in for more power efficient processors rather than increasing the battery capacity. When they add new features, they need a better processor if they expect to retain the same battery capacity and battery life. For example, Low Power Mode can be enabled and it is said to increase the iPhone’s battery life by up to three hours. If this rumor is correct, battery life for the iPhone 7 should be the same as the iPhone 6s.

This is one of the many rumors we have heard for the iPhone 7, but this is one of the first we have heard about the battery. The iPhone 7 is expected to be released in September.

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.”

via 9to5Mac


Two contradictory reports claim different designs for iPhone 7

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Two contradictory reports detailing the upcoming iPhone 7’s design came out over the weekend. The one report, which comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, says the iPhone 7 will have no “attractive” updates while a report straight from a Chinese media outlet suggests the phone will have a new Home button, new color option, and be completely waterproof/dustproof as previously rumored.

iPhone 6 Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

Storm, the source of the Chinese media outlet information, reports that the iPhone 7’s design will be much more better than expected. Previous rumors indicated a design similar to the iPhone 6s, but their report says that the Home button will be embedded into the display which will cause the phone to be completely waterproof and dustproof. There will be no physical button; instead, Apple would use haptic feedback technology to simulate the feeling of an actual button. Without a button being there to click, there is no space for water or dust to seep in. This will increase the waterproof and dustproof capabilities of the phone.

In addition, there may be a darker space gray color coming the iPhone. The report says that there will be a regular black and a matte black. It would not be uncharacteristic of Apple to add a new color option since they have been adding new colors to the last few iPhone launches. The iPhone 5s introduced a new gold color and the iPhone 6s came in rose gold. On a side note, Apple is adding the gold and rose gold colors to all their products now. If they do have a darker black available for iPhone 7, you can bet we will see it on the iPad and MacBook soon too.

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iPhone 7 matte black skin wrap, credit: MacRumors forum

The report concludes with a few previously heard iPhone 7 rumors. The iPhone 7 will come in two display sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″, with the larger potentially having a dual-camera design. The phone will be about 1mm thinner due to the absence of the headphone jack, thinner Lightning port, and new LCD display. It will also be powered by the A10 processor with upgraded internal components.

While this report does sound great, Storm‘s track record is no where near close to the KGI Securities analyst. Kuo accurately predicted the specifications for the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro in 2015 and honestly, I have never even heard of Storm. This report sounds great, but take it with a grain of salt until we hear other evidence saying otherwise.

Report: iPhone 7 to have similar design as iPhone 6s

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As we get closer to the rumored announcement for the iPhone SE, the rumors for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected to be released in the fall, are gaining speed. Macokatara, a Japanese blog, agrees with a recent report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo about specifications for the new iPhone.

While the report doesn’t cite a specific source for its information, the blog has been a source in the past for other upcoming Apple device rumors. The post says that the rear shell of the iPhone 7 will be made of the same material as the iPhone 6s, which is 7000 series aluminum, and have a flush rear camera. The iPhone 7 Plus may have a dual-lens system, but the report says the iPhone 7 will not. The phone will also, unfortunately, not be waterproof. It will probably have the same water-resistance of the iP

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We imagined a flush rear camera on our iPhone 6s concept last spring, but now it appears that Apple is finally doing it.

The lack of headphone jack and flush rear camera will bring the thinness of the phone down by 1mm, matching the iPod touch’s 6.1mm. Apple is also designing a thinner Lightning port for the phone, which doesn’t mean they are working on a new connector, just a smaller opening which will mainly only affect case makers. The report says that in place of the headphone jack, there will be a second speaker which will increase the sound quality of the phone.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September 2016.

More iPhone 7 rumors: less antenna lines, no protruding camera

We imagined a flush rear camera on our iPhone 6s  concept last spring, but now it appears that Apple is finally doing it.
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While we have been primarily focusing on Apple’s rumored spring event on March 15th, Apple is also planning to hold an event in September for their annual iPhone upgrade. The next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 7, is a major generation which means that it will feature a complete redesign with updated internal specs. Current rumors suggest a dustproof and waterproof phone that is made out of a new material (we are hoping for glass) with no headphone jack and wireless charging. A new report from MacRumors from a reliable source says the rear shell won’t have as many antenna lines and the protruding camera will be less protruding.

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Let’s finally have an iPhone that sits flat without a case

The iPhone 7 will still have antenna lines, but they will be less visible according to the report. Currently the iPhone 6s has antenna bands on the side, back, top and bottom of the phone, but the iPhone 7 will only have bands on the side, top and bottom. Unfortunately the iPhone can’t have a full unibody design since the antennas can’t transmit through metal. Previous generations of iPhone had glass or plastic covering them so Apple is limited to what material they use. Other reports have collaborated with this report to suggest less antenna lines. The design of the iPhone 7 will also, unfortunately, remain similar to the iPhone 6s.

The protruding rear camera will also no longer protrude from the phone. Apple is using a thinner camera module which will allow it to sit flush with the rest of the phone. An earlier report suggested the iPhone 7 Plus may have two rear cameras while the iPhone 7 will only have one. The absence of the headphone jack should free up space inside the phone for a dual-camera system.

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

iPhone 7 Plus may come with up to 256GB of storage

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The rumor mill for the upcoming iPhone 7 is on quite a roll this month. We have seen a few reports suggesting that Apple will make their next iPhone waterproof and another report claims that Apple has decided on a design with non-visible antennas. A new report came out recently suggesting the iPhone 7 Plus will not only have a larger battery capacity, but larger storage options too.


Concept for the iPhone 7, credit: Tech Radar

Citing the supply chain, MyDrivers reports that the iPhone 7 Plus display will stay at 5.5″ but the battery and storage capacities will increase. The battery will have a capacity of 3100mAh compared to the 2915mAh battery of the iPhone 6 Plus and 2750mAh battery of the iPhone 6s Plus. In addition, Apple will increase the maximum storage size to 256GB. We sincerely hope that Apple decides to drop the 8GB and 16GB storage capacities since these don’t provide much room after software.

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