A new report claims Apple is considering naming its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus, with dual cameras, "iPhone Pro." The news comes as an image of what is reportedly the iPhone 7's metal frame leaks.
We recently reported that Apple has settled on the name iPhone SE for its new four-inch iPhone, which expected to be announced in March. The smartphone is expected to launch alongside a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which was previously thought to be named iPad Air 3.
A new report claims that's not the only name change in Apple's future. The company is now reportedly considering naming a dual-camera version of its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus "iPhone Pro" to differentiate it from the single-lens iPhone 7 Plus.
Reports of the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus made headlines in late January, when KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of revealing upcoming Apple devices, issued a research note predicting that Apple would introduce two iPhone 7 Plus variants; one with a single rear camera and a higher-end model with dual cameras.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be released in the fall and are rumored to include an updated design that drops the standard 3.5 mm headphone port in favor of a single Lightning port for charging, data transfer and audio in order to make the devices ultrathin. Rumors have also indicated that Apple could be planning on making its next-gen iPhones water-resistant like Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus.
Images of what are being reported as a metal frame from the iPhone 7 have leaked. NowhereElse.fr published the photos, and while it has a decent track record of leaking Apple news, the frame clearly doesn't seem destined for Apple's next-gen iPhone for a couple of reasons.
The images show a unibody metal frame that looks virtually identical to that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, complete with a 3.5 mm headphone port. Another reason this frame doesn't seem legit is the site's source claims the frame that holds the screen assembly measures 5.2 inches diagonally.
It's very unlikely that Apple would move away from the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. Doing so could cause major headaches for Apple's suppliers and developers.
As always, it's best to take rumors of highly-anticipated Apple devices with a huge grain of salt, but we'll keep you posted on any new details as they become available.