Either Apple is throwing the outside world one of the grandest curve balls, or the company really is preparing to pitch a straightforward iPhone this fall with only incremental upgrades.
The latest rumors offering new details about the iPhone 7's camera are consistent with what many analysts and Apple watchers expect to be a moderate refresh before next year's landmark upgrade.
Going by images that purport to show the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it looks like the Plus model of the pair of 7 series phones will sport a dual-lens camera while the smaller 4.7-inch model will have a more traditional camera setup. The images were supplied by Nowhereelse.fr, which has been a solid source on more than a few leaks.
The images also show that the iPhone 7 series' camera will be larger than what has been previously offered. That larger camera size could be the result of several improvements, but China's Rock Fix repair shop is claiming that the bulkier build comes from the camera's larger CMOS sensor.
There isn't enough to go on to make a solid conclusion to what's already a rumor. But the larger CMOS sensor could be built out to accommodate more megapixels, larger pixels or improved image stabilization.
Elsewhere in the photos of the backsides of the phones, it looks like Apple has cut down on the number of antenna lines for a clearer look.
The info from Rock Fix may also solve another piece of the puzzle, as the company has stated that one of the 4.7-inch versions of the phone will include the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and the other, as rumored, will rely on Lightning ports for connected headphones and speakers.
In previous reports, the iPhone 7 was rumored to be getting rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack altogether. The exclusivity of the dual-lens camera to the Plus and 3.5 mm to one of the 4.7-inch models follows reason, as Apple likely wants to make clear the distinctions between the phones and ultimately their price points.
And as for the price, a leaker and poster on China's Weibo microblog is offering the purported prices of the phones and their variants. But a few extra grains of salt may be in order here, as these alleged price points don't seem to match up with leaks and rumors that have been sketching what's expected to be an underwhelming iPhone update.
According to the post, the iPhone 7 will be priced at $802 (32 GB), $924 (64 GB) and $1,075 (256 GB). The prices for the Plus and Pro are even higher, of course.