Apple ditched plan to make three iPhone 7 models

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Only two of these will go on sale this fall.
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Apple really has been working on three different versions of the iPhone 7, according to sources familiar with its plans — but only two of them will go on sale this fall.

The rumored “iPhone 7 Pro” has reportedly been cut from the final lineup, but we’ll still see Apple’s new dual-lens camera.

Like a number of previous reports, new claims from Japanese news outlet Nikkei say that Apple was developing a 4.7-inch iPhone 7, and two 5.5-inch models — one of which would have a dual-lens camera system and may have been called the iPhone 7 Pro.

The other 5.5-inch device, the iPhone 7 Plus, would have been almost identical the smaller iPhone 7 — with the same single-lens camera system — only larger. However, Apple’s plans have since changed, and there will be only one 5.5-inch device launching this fall.

Fortunately, it will be that “Pro” model with the dual-lens camera, the sources say. The device will likely be marketed as the iPhone 7 Plus, and that means fans won’t have to pay a premium for an even more advanced model with additional features.

“This never happened before,” one of the sources told Nikkei. “Before this year, Apple never made changes to iPhone’s product line mere months before the launch. It has been a volatile year for Apple.”

The sources add that Apple is preparing a much more significant iPhone refresh for 2017, which will be the product’s 10th anniversary. It is expected to get a glass body with an edge-to-edge OLED display, and wireless charging.

Via: Business Insider