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New iPhone 7 Leaked Image Hints At Laser AF, Plastic Antenna Bands Still Visible

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A new image leaked its way online, allegedly showing the final design of Apple's upcoming iPhone 7.

Most major smartphone makers have already presented their flagship offers for this year. Samsung still has its Galaxy Note 6 in the pipeline and Motorola will reveal its next-generation handsets soon, but otherwise all eyes are on Apple and its highly anticipated iPhone 7.

A number of leaks have surfaced online so far, aiming to paint a picture of what to expect from the iPhone 7, but it's tough to tell which will turn out to be accurate. The latest leak doesn't make things clearer, either.

Allegedly showing the final iPhone 7 design, the newly leaked photo features the back of the purported handset. If this turns out to be the real deal, it seems that Apple still hasn't managed to create a true all-metal design, uninterrupted by strips made of plastic so the antenna signal can get through.

Though an earlier leak showed no antenna bands, the new one shows the purported iPhone 7 with antenna strips at the top and bottom edges of the handset. That's still an improvement though, as it no longer crosses the width of the smartphone's rear.

Another intriguing detail spotted in this image is what seems to be a laser autofocus system. LG was the one to make laser AF popular among smartphone users, and other OEMs are apparently catching up to the trend. While it would be slightly odd for Apple to join the laser AF party, nothing's impossible. Otherwise, the camera sensor doesn't seem to be larger, as previous rumors suggested.

It remains to be seen which leaks and rumors will turn out to be true, as it's all still hazy for now. We compiled a list of what to expect from the iPhone 7 in terms of specs, features and release date, based on the most persistent rumors and expectations, but nothing is confirmed just yet.

We're still months away from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus unveiling, however, so more information will surely hit the surface in the meantime. We'll keep you updated as soon as we learn more, so make sure to check back.

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