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Alleged iPhone 7 Production Plates Confirm Camera Layout, Lacks Smart Connector

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A set of images posted on Monday suggest Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will include a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger “Plus” model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumours claimed.


The photos, supposedly sourced from a Chinese Apple supplier and subsequently uploaded to Chinese website Baidu, provide a close look at what is reportedly CNC machining plates that are a part of the finishing process applied to iPhone’s aluminum chassis, reports HDBlog. A pair of schematics showing tooling dimensions was also shared.

Two separate tools can be seen in the provided images, one for a 4.7-inch iPhone and another for a larger 5.5-inch model. The smaller iPhone version appears to include a larger aperture to fit what is assumed to be an upgraded iSight camera module. A pill-shaped opening on the larger plate points to a dual-camera setup that seemingly includes smaller holes for Apple’s True Tone flash module and a single microphone.


Rumours that the next-generation iPhone would incorporate two rear-facing camera sensors started in January, when KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a note predicting the dual-lens camera would be marketed as the differentiator in the larger iPhone version.

The leaked images, however, do not feature Appleā€™s Smart Connector, which was rumoured to be included in the next-generation iPhone.

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