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One of the most prolific rumors surrounding the release of the new iPhone claims that Apple will release three different devices this coming September – a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a third phone – a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Pro.
The iPhone 7 Pro, first predicted by famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, will allegedly feature a dual-camera system capable of taking HD quality photos with true optical zoom and incredible image stabilization. The device will also reportedly feature souped-up internals, as well as Apple’s proprietary Smart Connector on the back, for connecting keyboards and a variety of other accessories. While there have been several purportedly leaked photos that show the rumored device (including these, which surfaced yesterday), an early morning tweet from notorious phone leaker Evan Blass may indicate that the iPhone 7 Pro may just be a rumor.
Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) tweeted this morning that we will only see two iPhone models this coming September, and he released their codenames. According to Blass, the two phones are codenamed Sonora and Dos Palos, both small towns in California. Blass’s tweet flies in the face of all of the previous rumors of a Pro model, but it should be noted that Blass carries a pretty impressive track record with his leaks and predictions.
The 2 (two!) 2016 iPhone models are codenamed Sonora and Dos Palos.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 19, 2016
Blass didn’t release any more information regarding the two devices. Previously, many expected the iPhone 7 Plus to simply be a larger iPhone 7 with slightly upgraded hardware, akin to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. If Blass’s tweet is indeed correct, however, there’s a possibility that the iPhone 7 Plus will boast all of the features rumored for the iPhone 7 Pro – the dual-lens camera, the Smart Connector, etc. It would also debunk quite a few rumors that have been circulating the internet for months now, including allegedly leaked photos, leaked pricing, etc.
The debate surrounding the existence of three phone models will likely continue until the official release of the device. The release is expected to take place this coming September, at a yet-to-be announced event. The event will also see the official release of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, as well as the possible release of a new MacBook.
Do you think it would be beneficial to consumers if Apple released three versions of the iPhone 7? Or is less, more?
[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.]