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The iPhone 7 might not be the iPhone you’re waiting for

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:17PM EST
iPhone 7 Rumors Leaked Photo Design

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The iPhone 7 is obviously one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year, with multiple reports detailing its rumored design and features. After a leaked schematic of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 suggested the phone will be the same size as the iPhone 6s, a new picture suggests the new iPhone might also correct some of the worst things about previous designs.

However, this new photo of a purported iPhone 7 dummy unit also seems to contradict some of the other rumors out there, leaving questions as to which line of reports is accurate, if any. If this dummy does turn out to be the real deal though, it could mean that this year’s new iPhone isn’t so new after all.

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Obtained by MacRumors, the photo below shows a silver iPhone 7 that has the same basic design as the iPhone 6s. However, some critical details stand out. The camera isn’t protruding anymore, and instead, it’s flush with the rear shell. And the top and bottom antennas both have one single line that goes along the top and bottom edges of the phone.

Furthermore, there’s a three-dot pattern near the bottom of the phone to indicate where the Smart Connector will go, and the headphone jack seems to be missing. Holding an iPhone 6s in the same position as this dummy iPhone 7 unit would make the 3.5mm headset on the bottom side appear as a small curvature near the lower right corner. That’s not happening with this device.

That said, the image isn’t consistent with some earlier reports. For starters, the schematic that leaked the other day suggested the rear camera would be bigger and would be placed closer to the top-left corner. Recent reports also said the phone will not have a Smart Connector, and that the 3.5mm headphone jack is still very much in the picture.

Of note, many will recall that similar dummy units popped up long before the iPhone 6 was released in 2014, and they turned out to be genuine.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.