iPhone 7 photos emerge on social media
New images, purportedly of the iPhone 7, have emerged on Chinese social media, showing a redesigned camera and slightly different design, although a lack of radical changes may disappoint Apple fans.
The phone was photographed in China and posted to the Weibo social network, after images were obtained by Dutch blog TechTastic. They show the rear of the new phone in a rose gold hue, with a much-larger camera lens than the current iPhone and antenna bands covering the edge of the phone, rather than across the device as with the current model.
Other images, claiming to show the bigger “iPhone 7 Plus” model, appeared to reveal a “smart connector” that could be used to charge the iPhone wirelessly and be used for attachments such as keyboards. However, the photos also appeared to show the iPhone’s mute switch disappearing, throwing their authenticity into doubt.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be released in September and be something of a minor update on last year’s 6s models, although it is expected to controversially remove the headphone jack. Apple may bundle Bluetooth or lightning cable headphones with the phone, but the removal of the jack could render existing headphones obsolete without an adapter.
The latest images appear to confirm changes to the iPhone’s camera housing that could prove to be a significant upgrade to picture quality. The smaller iPhone has a larger round lens that could allow more light in, while leaks of the “Plus” model suggest it could have two lenses, which would allow an optical zoom-style feature.
Supposed images of the larger iPhone 7 Plus model were published by the French website NWE, although the off-colour case and lack of a mute switch on the side suggested they could well be fake.
Beyond the camera and the removal of the headphone jack, changes to the next iPhone’s design will probably be limited, with major alterations more likely the year after. Apple may also finally ditch the 16GB capacity, starting with 32GB for the first time, which may drive up prices. The weak pound in the wake of the Brexit vote could also affect prices in the UK.
Apple reported its first ever fall in quarterly iPhone sales earlier this year, and they are expected to be lower in 2016 than in 2015 before recovering next year.