A display assembly purportedly destined for the iPhone 7 has leaked out ahead of the handset’s official debut next month. The part gives us an early glimpse at the changes Apple has made, like flipping the LCD panel upside down.
According to a recent report, the iPhone 7 series will have significantly sharper displays than their predecessors. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is expected to get a bump from 750p to 1080p, while the iPhone 7 Plus could get a super sharp Quad HD panel.
The photos of an iPhone 7 display assembly can’t confirm or debunk those claims, but they do reveal that Apple has made some big changes. The most significant is the way in which the LCD panel is married with the digitizer.
With every previous iPhone display assembly, the LCD panel is mounted so that the flex cables that marry the assembly with the logic board come from the top edge of the component. But for the iPhone 7, they come out of the bottom edge.
This lines up with recent images of the iPhone 7’s logic board, which showed that Apple has shifted some chips further up the board to make room for more connectors towards the bottom. It’s not yet clear why this change has been made.
Another interesting thing to note is that there is a cutout for the iPhone 7’s home button hiding behind one of the flex cables. This doesn’t necessarily rule out that pressure-sensitive home button, which could continue to be a separate component.