A new iPhone 7 Plus prototype has leaked out weeks ahead of its official debut, and not only is it a working handset running regular iOS, but it’s also finished in a beautiful blue that could be added to the iPhone lineup this fall.
We’ve seen a lot of iPhone 7 “leaks,” but most showcase third-party mockups and dummy units that don’t actually work. It’s hard to trust those, given that they’re not made by Apple, but this one’s different.
Not only does this particular device look the part, with all the design changes we expect from the iPhone 7 refresh, but it also powers on and runs iOS. That means it’s more than just a cheap Chinese clone that’s headed to the market.
These images were published by iFeng, and posted on Twitter by The Malignant — the same leaker who just promised the iPhone 7 series will feature faster charging technology. Interestingly, the device is referred to as the “iPhone 7 Pro.”
— The Malignant (@the_malignant) August 16, 2016
We still have no idea whether an iPhone 7 Pro will actually form part of Apple’s new iPhone lineup next month. While some reports have suggested there will be a third option with better specifications and a bigger price tag, others have dismissed that.
Just like the mockups, this iPhone prototype features redesigned antenna bands, an additional speaker grille in place of the headphone jack, and a dual-lens iSight camera. However, it’s hard to tell whether its home button is pressure-sensitive.
It’s still possible that this device is a fake, of course. It could well be an iPhone 7 Plus mockup that’s been kitted out with iPhone 6s Plus parts, or even an Android clone that’s running a very convincing iOS skin.
It’s probably best we wait for Apple’s event next month before we get our hearts set on a blue iPhone 7, then.