New cases designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus strengthen claims that the larger model with have a dual-lens camera system and a Smart Connector. In exchange for those upgrades, it seems Apple really will do away with the headphone jack.
The smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is expected to look almost identical to its predecessor, with only redesigned and antenna bands and a slightly larger iSight camera lens. However, bigger changes are anticipated for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
As these early cases suggest — and as countless rumors have promised — Apple’s new phablet will have an additional camera module in its back, which will sit alongside the rear-facing microphone and dual-tone LED flash.
At the bottom of the device, you’ll also see a Smart Connector that has been ported over from the iPad Pro, which could open the iPhone 7 Plus up to all kinds of new accessories — like improved battery cases that don’t need to connect to the Lightning port.
Also consistent with previous rumors is the removal of the headphone jack. Early reports suggested Apple was taking this away to make its next iPhones thinner, but leaked schematics suggest they will actually be just as thick as last year’s models.
It’s likely the headphone jack was actually removed to make room for those new features.
Of course, cases don’t prove anything. These could be based on all the reports we’ve already seen, rather than official specifications supplied by Apple. The fact that they’re only renders, not real products, means we probably shouldn’t read too much into this.
Having said that, this is probably what your next iPhone is going to look like.