New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus renders have leaked from a casing contractor in Taiwan. The images show the design of both handsets and suggest the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will not include its larger sibling's Smart Connector or dual-lens rear camera.
With the expected September release of Apple's next-generation flagship iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, reports are beginning to intensify with details on what Apple has in store for its new iPhone 7 series.
In November, a report claimed that Apple was planning on removing a feature that has been a staple on every iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac with its new iPhones; a 3.5 mm headphone port. The report noted that the omission would allow Apple to make the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ultra-thin.
This was soon followed by a report in December claiming Apple was planning to introduce a new accessory for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, a pair of its own wireless earbuds called AirPods. The company will reportedly include Lightning-equipped EarPods in the box to replace the 3.5 mm EarPods it normally ships with all iPhones.
In late April, iPhone 7 Plus/Pro schematics leaked and showed the 5.5-inch smartphone would look very similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 6s Plus. The image also added fuel to the fire that the 7 Plus could actually be named iPhone 7 Pro, since it appeared to feature the Smart Connector found on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Now, a new series of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro renders have hit the Web and provide an up-close look at both devices from all angles, and potential iPhone 7 customers might not be happy with what they see.
The case renders have reportedly come from an iPhone casing contractor and appear to confirm the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone port on both devices. The main difference between the handsets is their size and no Smart Connector or dual-lens camera on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. It appears those features will only be found on the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro.
It does appear that Apple could be positioning itself on giving the iPhone 7 Plus the rumored iPhone 7 Pro name. The omission of the Smart Connector on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 further implies Apple is planning on differentiating its next-generation flagship iPhones more than ever before, and since the iPad Pro series are the only devices to include Apple's Smart Connector technology, an iPhone 7 Pro doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore.