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With the release of the iPhone 7 only two months away, more and more allegedly leaked images are surfacing on the internet. While there have been several photos that allegedly show the new device that have appeared in the past couple of months, the photos that “leaked” this morning may show us the clearest image of what the iPhone 7 will look like yet.
French technology site NoWhereElse.fr, known for posting leaked images of Apple devices in the past, served up a new photo this morning that purportedly shows the back casing of a new iPhone 7. The photo clearly displays a gold 4.7-inch iPhone device with a prominent black Apple logo in the upper-center of the back panel.
If the photo is indeed of an iPhone 7, the most noticeable change is the redesigned antenna lines, which are now a slightly off-white color, and sit along the top and bottom of the curve of the back panel. A substantially larger camera hole is also present on the back panel, which points to a much-rumored camera upgrade for the iPhone 7. Although it’s unclear whether or not the megapixel count will increase, the larger camera hole would theoretically allow more light into the photos, improving low-light performance. The photo seems to match up with previous leaks that were posted on Chinese social media site Weibo, as well as earlier leaks once again posted on NoWhereElse.fr.
Although the photos have, of course, not been confirmed by anyone at Apple, the number of leaked photos that show an identical design lend credence to the authenticity of the photos. The larger camera lens and redesigned antenna lines are a pretty sure bet for the next generation device. And although this latest round of photos don’t show the bottom casing of the device, it’s pretty widely accepted that the lack of a traditional 3.5-mm headphone port will also be a reality for the iPhone 7.
What all of the leaked photos so far have failed to show us, however, is the front of the device. Many are expecting a redesigned home button, which would sit flush with the rest of the display, and will use capacitive touch-sensitive technology (a la the Force Touch Trackpad) as opposed to a physical button in the device. Removing the headphone jack and redesigning the home button would, in theory, make it easier for Apple to waterproof the device, another rumor that has been floating around the net for some time. Hopefully some leaked images of the front of the device will surface soon, and work to confirm or deny some of these rumors.
Many of the leaks also fail to give us a peek at the new 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which, alongside beefed up specs, is rumored to feature a dual-lens camera design, capable of taking incredibly high-resolution photos with true optical zoom and incredible image stabilization.
If the leaks and rumors are all true, it all adds up to a somewhat minor upgrade from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7. Word around the internet has it that Apple is looking to buck their usual release schedule, and release an entirely redesigned iPhone 8 next September, foregoing the release of an iPhone 7s. The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature an all-glass enclosure with a bezel-free design, edge-to-edge OLED display, and a front-facing FaceTime camera and all-new Touch ID area embedded underneath the display.
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[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]