While all eyes are on the Apple iPhone SE launching next week, let’s not forget about the iPhone 7 smartphones launching later this year. A leaked photo out of China allegedly shows the rear panel of the bigger iPhone 7 Pro. The thing to note is the much-rumored dual-rear camera setup at the back, as well as what looks like iPad Pro-like Smart Connector. Interestingly the front of the device doesn’t seem to have the physical home button. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
If you thought the protruding rear camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s was ugly, things might turn out to be worse on the iPhone 7. Apple seems to have kept the overall form factor of the iPhone 7 quite slim, but the camera juts out from the top-left corner. Comparing the renders from the sides show that the camera protrusion is more on the upcoming iPhone. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
The photos also include other tidbits like an iPad Pro-like Smart Connector towards the bottom. On the iPad Pro this magnetic connector is used to connect external accessories. It would be interesting to see how Apple makes use of the connector on the iPhone. That said, the recently launched LG G5 comes with a bunch of external accessories that enhance the use of the flagship smartphone.
The overall look of the iPhone 7 though seems to be consistent with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s family. In line with recent reports, Apple is also shifting the plastic antenna bands to the top and bottom of the device. The result is a much cleaner design at the back.
Another set of leaked photos allegedly show the front and bottom of the iPhone. There is no 3.5mm audio jack present, which is in line with a few reports we have come across before. What’s interesting though is that there is no physical home button at the front. The source claims that the TouchID sensor is embedded into the display. Such a possibility has been rumored for quite some time now, but it is hard to believe that the technology will be ready as early as this year.
In the meanwhile, Apple is gearing up to launch the affordable iPhone SE on Monday. This upcoming iPhone is not a flagship device, but is seen as Apple’s way to give the ageing iPhone 5s a new lease of life.