The iPhone 7 might be several months away but there are plenty of rumors and leaks offering purported details of the upcoming Apple smartphone. Over the weekend, quite a few new iPhone 7 reports emerged, including a set of wild claims – at least when compared to what we’ve come to expect from this year’s iPhones based on earlier rumors.
Apple’s new iPhone 7 should be very similar to the iPhone 6s when it comes to overall design, though it clearly has some new features, including redesigned rear cameras and antenna lines, a new home button design and the absence of a headphone jack. Maybe…
Headphone jack still in the picture?
For months, most rumors said that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headset jack. However, that might not be true. Reports from Rock Fix, a smartphone repair shop in China, seem to indicate that the iPhone 7 might still feature a headphone jack. The shop posted images of alleged iPhone 7 components that show a 4.7-inch iPhone 7’s Lightning cable assembly attached to a headphone jack.
Dual-SIM tray and 256GB storage
The same source told Engadget that the iPhone 7 will have a dual SIM option, which might be a first for Apple if true. Other parts Rock Fix showed included a dual lens camera and 256GB storage modules from SanDisk. Selling a 256GB iPhone would also be a first for Apple.
Three new iPhone 7 models?
Early iPhone 7 rumors said Apple might make three iPhones this year, including a 4.7-inch, a regular 5.5-inch Plus model, and a premium 5.5-inch Pro handset. That might not be the case anymore, but the same source from China posted an image that shows three distinct iPhone components that would fit three separate iPhones, including two 4.7-inch devices and one phablet-sized phone.
There’s nothing to prove the picture below shows genuine Apple parts – or final parts, for that matter. It could be that the supplier got his or her hands on prototype components for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, which could explain the design variations.
The image above, via NowhereElse, shows a comparison between the iPhone 6s 3D Touch parts and the same components as featured in Rock Fix’s leak
Dual lens camera and Smart Connector
After a sketchy report last week said that the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus might not come with the previously rumored dual lens camera on the rear, a new image obtained by Shadowbox App Download shows what’s deemed to be the final production version of the phone. The report goes on to say the iPhone 7 Plus might support wireless charging and that it could be equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery. A Smart Connector on the back can also be seen – some reports dismissed this particular feature.
4.7-inch iPhone 7 production is underway
The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is already in production at Pegatron, according to well-sourced @OnLeaks, though it’s unclear exactly what the following tweet means.
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) June 18, 2016
Pegatron will only make the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, with Foxconn tasked with building both 4.7-inch iPhone 7 models and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus models. A similar report said as much a few days ago. But why has mass production started “slowly?”