iPhone 7 Will Reportedly Feature Relocated Ambient Light Sensor, Longer Earpiece Cutout


According to a new report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, the iPhone 7 will feature some minor changes to the front that will make some screen protectors from previous devices unusable on the new iPhone.

The report notes that the manufactures of protective LCD films have stopped receiving orders because the iPhone 7 is expected to receive some minor changes to the front panel that will require an updated design.

As for the minor design adjustments, the report claims Apple is updating iPhone’s proximity sensor to a “dual specification” format that assumedly breaks out emitter and receiver components into two distinct receptacles. Alternatively, Apple might be looking to employ two separate proximity sensor packages for faster and more accurate readings.


Further changes include a repositioning of the ambient light sensor from the left side of the ear speaker to the right. The report mentions a “slightly longer receiver,” which could mean a slightly longer earpiece cut out.

Finally, the iPhone 7 chassis is expected to make room for iterative technology updates, the most apparent being a larger rear-facing iSight camera lens on the 4.7-inch version and a dual-camera array on the larger 5.5-inch model.

The new information lines up with a Wall Street Journal report published on Tuesday claiming Apple skipped a major design revamp as it awaits technological advancements.

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