While the handset is certainly a ways off, leaks about the iPhone 7 have already arrived.
Apple could be making some great changes to the iPhone design with its next flagship smartphone.
A render purported to be an early schematic for the iPhone 7 has turned up online, potentially offering clues as to the final product.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to verify the legitimacy of the image, so regard the apparent leak with due caution.
So what is Apple supposedly changing? First off, there’s no more antenna band. Well, to clarify: there is an antenna band somewhere, but we just can’t see it.
The supposedly leaked image
The visible band has been a sticking point for Apple’s designers with past iterations of the iPhone, but the band seems to have disappeared from its usually position.
It’s worth noting that in 2015, Apple filed a patent application for a new composite metal material that looks just like anodised metal, but allows the transfer of radio waves.
This would mean that Apple could leave the antenna bands in the usually spot, retain the all-metal design, and avoid the issue of visible bands.
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But wait, there’s more. The supposed iPhone 7 also appears to boast a large camera cut-out.
While it’s tough to say exactly how much bigger the circle is, there’s a clear size increase, which suggests that we might see a larger and more capable camera in the future.
Of course, we don’t know anything for certain until Apple makes a formal announcement later this year, so take any rumours in the meantime with a pinch of salt.
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