Fired-up iPhone 7 Plus prototype looks beautiful in blue

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blue iPhone 7 Plus
It's about time we got a blue iPhone.
Photo: PConline

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.

iPhone 7 Plus prototype
This one runs iOS.
Photo: PConline

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 iFengand 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.”

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.

iPhone 7 Plus prototype
An additional speaker grille replaces the headphone jack.
Photo: PConline

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.