New leak shows ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ with Smart Connector, no mute switch


New leak shows ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ with Smart Connector, no mute switch

One day after a fairly clear photo purporting to show the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 emerged, new photos have leaked, showing what could be the larger 5.5-inch model, with a dual-lens camera, Smart Connector on the back, and the notable absence of a mute switch. The photos, which turned up on Chinese search engine Weibo, are consistent with previous renderings where the size and shape of the dual camera opening is concerned, but the appearance of the Smart Connector is a bit strange. While some other leaks have hinted at the larger model featuring a Smart Connector in that general location, the pictured iPhone’s ports look different than those of the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. The Apple logo on the back of the device is also hollow, so it’s possible the phone seen here is unfinished.
Also of note is the phone’s lack of a mute switch. While Apple has been doing away with the switch on iPads, the ability to mute a phone is more inherently useful. But with the company already rumored to be doing away with the headphone jack, it’s possible Apple could choose to rely solely on toggles within iOS to let users mute the device in the interest of simplifying the phone’s external controls. The home button also has a different appearance, with a silver ring outlining an area that is more filled out and flush with the phone’s screen than that of the iPhone 6s. [via]

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Dan Pye

Dan Pye was a news editor at iLounge. He's been involved with technology his whole life, and started writing about it in 2009. He's written about everything from iPhone and iPad cases to Apple TV accessories.