‘iPhone 7’ with Smart Connector Coming, Reaffirms Report

Last month, Chinese website Bastille Post shared the first images of the iPhone 7 and then again a rendering leaked from Apple supplier Catcher. Today Japanese blog MacOtakara has posted a short report corroborating a handful of earlier rumours and also shared possible new features of the forthcoming devices.

Possible iphone 7

First, MacOtakara says “the possibility is great” that the image leaked by Bastille Post and the pictures of a CAD design showing the alleged iPhone 7 are “the real thing.” According to the Japanese blog, both devices will be equipped with the Smart Connector first introduced with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and now also part of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro design.

The report goes on to note that the photo suggests there will be little to no difference between the size of the iPhone 6s and that of the iPhone 7. Regarding rumours of an all-in-one Lightning port, MacOtakara seems to be certain it will happen, although its sources say Apple will keep the single-speaker design. It also mentions the existence of Bluetooth-enabled EarPods that connect to the iPhone and charge like the Apple Pencil.

An interesting addition to the already confusing mix of rumoured features: DisplayMate’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro shootout also notes that Apple could add this feature to the iPhone 7 by upgrading the ambient light sensors. MacOtakara notes the possible presence of two new sensors at the top of the iPhone 7, which could be for the ambient sensor upgrade. Or not.