The latest batch of photos were initially published by the phone repair shop GeekBar, and allegedly show off what’s believed to be the iPhone 7 display assembly. There is at least one key change in place if these photos are the real deal: with the upcoming iPhone 7, Apple appears to have mounted the display “upside down” when compared to the previous iterations in the iPhone lineup.
Specifically, in previous iterations, the digitizer and display flex cables have been built to lead out of the top-edge of the display panel, which then lead into the top section of the logic board installed just below this area. It will be interesting to see if this is the final layout that Apple goes with, and if it is, what it could mean for the public device launch later this year.
It’s probably also worth noting that the image at the top of this post is upside down, as it was taken and originally shared this way, which means, aside from the cable differences when compared to previous models, there isn’t anything spectacularly different. Meaning, yes, there is a traditional Home button cutout — it’s just as the “top” in the image, and not the bottom.
The Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is said to be a Force Touch design, meaning it won’t be a physical button that clicks down, as it has been in every previous iPhone model. It will use haptic feedback to inform the user that they’ve pressed the button to go home.
This isn’t the first time that the display assembly/panel have leaked. Earlier this week images of what’s believed to be the display assembly for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus leaked, indicating that the devices could boast leaps in resolution when compared to the panels in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
As it stands right now, it’s expected that the iPhone 7 family will be unveiled on September 7, and that it will go up for pre-order on September 9. The launch is expected to happen on September 16.
Do you plan on upgrading to the iPhone 7?