The iPhone 7 Plus, along with the iPhone 7, is still a few months out, at least, but the Rumor Mill simply refuses to give up on some things.
That includes the idea that the iPhone 7 Plus could boast not only a dual-camera setup on the back, but also a Smart Connector. This is something that won’t go away. In the case of the dual-camera system, that’s practically a foregone conclusion at this point, with leaked parts, molds, schematics, and just about everything else excluding an announcement from Apple all pointing to its eventual reveal.
The Smart Connector part, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to be such a steadfast bullet point on the specifications sheet just yet. Just three days ago we saw a mold of the iPhone 7 Plus, along with printed schematics, that showed the bigger, 5.5-inch iPhone won’t feature a Smart Connector near its bottom edge. And then earlier in May we saw schematics for both unannounced devices, again showing that the Smart Connector would be on board.
Even back to the end of April, where leaked documentation showed the Smart Connector would indeed be present.
Now, despite the fact that the leaked mold earlier this week showed no pin holes for a Smart Connector, here we are again with another leaked schematic for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And, you guessed it, the Smart Connector has made a return. These new documents were initially published by LetemSvetemApplem, and there are certainly some curious elements to them.
The iPhone 7 will apparently be thicker by 0.1mm from the iPhone 6s, at 7.1mm. It’ll actually probably be impossible for anyone to notice that difference, and the only real reason to point it out is because it would appear that Apple is no longer going out of its way to make ridiculously thinner and thinner phones. The iPhone 7 Plus is going to be 7.3mm, the same as the iPhone 6s Plus.
The camera bump is back on the iPhone 7, too, for those hoping that wouldn’t be the case. The iPhone 7 is rumored to feature optical image stabilization, which might balance out the scales there for some potential buyers.
Another thing the schematics suggest is that the iPhone 7 Plus, and not the iPhone 7, will feature an edge-to-edge display, and boast a front-facing camera that will apparently be embedded — as there’s no top (or bottom!) bezels. Those features are indeed rumored for a future iPhone, but not until the iPhone 8 is expected to land in 2017.
Finally, the Smart Connector is indeed back in play on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus. The initial report suggests Apple is planning on introducing wireless charging, in some capacity, with the iPhone 7 Plus and that particular accessory, which makes perfect sense.
With the more interesting aspects here, like the edge-to-edge display for the bigger device, there’s an obvious portion of skepticism to be raised, so keep that salt shaker handy.
If they are true, though, are you excited for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus at all?