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Insider report details changes coming to next year’s iPhone 7s and 7s Plus

Published Dec 7th, 2016 4:03PM EST
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Everyone is drooling over iPhone 8 rumors lately, but whispers about the possible iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are starting to heat up as well. The latest alleged bit of inside info comes from Mac Otakara, spotted by MacRumors, and it claims the 7s line is going to be essentially identical to the current crop of iPhones, save for a new color option.

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The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are said to be identical to the 7 — which makes perfect sense, given that iPhones with “s” branding have never featured significant design shifts — but will be available in a new red color to go along with the silver, gold, rose gold, black, and jet black options. It’s unclear if the red option will be an official Product(Red) item, but given Apple’s continued support of the cause, it would seem logical.

The report also claims that the 7s and 7s Plus will not feature a wireless charging option or glass chassis, both of which have been heavily rumored for the iPhone 8. However, it’s suggested that the new devices will get an upgrade to a faster A11 chip, giving them some added pep. Mac Otakara cites unnamed sources in the supply line in Taiwan for providing the leaked info, and it does have a decent track record when it comes to Apple leaks.

It was earlier rumored that Apple was planning a trio of “7s” models before ultimately deciding to axe plans for a 7s Plus model that featured a single lens camera. This new report would seem to support that, in that it only identifies two 7s models as being in the works. However, as with all rumors, it’s good to take it all with a grain of salt until we see the phones on stage.