This year’s iPhone 7 may be boring but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t excited, and that certainly doesn’t mean stuff wouldn’t get leaked.
This may not be the first time we are reporting a video that shows dummy units of the upcoming Apple iPhone 7. But this new video gives us a real close look at what the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are likely to look like and that too in 4K quality. The interesting thing though is despite all the contradictions, the video shows three variants of the iPhone 7, including the iPhone 7 Pro.
The video shows three iPhones and the overall look and design is in line with every leak we have come across so far. The new iPhones feature a slightly slimmer profile, redesigned antenna lines, and no 3.5mm audio jack. The iPhone 7 Pro variant looks the same as the iPhone 7 Plus in most respects, except the dual-camera setup at the back. Strangely, the Smart Connectors are missing from the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro units.
Considering it has been confirmed by leakster Evan Blass that Apple only plans to launch two variants of the iPhone 7 this year, we will take this new video with the proverbial pinch of salt. That said, these could easily be dummy units based on early rumors. Nonetheless, we must admit the new iPhones look gorgeous and there are just enough changes to keep buyers happy.
A gold 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is shown beside two larger handsets, one in silver and one in rose gold. One of the two 5.5-inch handsets shown in the video has a single-lens camera, while the other is fitted with a dual-lens.
Early rumors had suggested Apple was working on two versions of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7, earning them the distinguishing monikers ‘Plus’ and ‘Pro’, but those rumors died down except for one set of images that appeared in July which briefly revived speculation.
Apple may have been working on two different 5.5-inch prototypes early in the design stage in case of supply issues with a dual-lens camera. If so, this is the most likely cause of the ‘Pro’ and ‘Plus’ rumor and at this point we don’t believe Apple is set to unveil two versions.
Still, it’s interesting to note that the dummy models shown in last month’s images showed the iPhone 7 “Pro” model featuring a Smart Connector, whereas the corresponding handset in the latest video has none.
It’s also worth noting that all the phones in the video bear the model number A1429, which actually identifies a version of iPhone 5 in Apple’s numbering scheme and indicates that these are certainly mockups.
Despite that, this is the best-quality video we’ve had comparing the likely design of the 2016 iPhone 7 with last year’s iPhone 6s, which also makes an appearance. The newer models bear the now familiar hallmarks of other expected design tweaks in store for the iPhone 7, such as repositioned antenna bands, larger cameras, and no headphone jack.
Also, while the models shown here don’t tally with an alleged leaked front panel that appeared earlier this week, they do match up with the functional iPhone 7 video that appeared on Thursday.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus next month. Pre-orders could begin Friday, September 9, ahead of retail availability on Friday, September 16, according to noted leaker Evan Blass.