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iPhone 7 Plus blueprints may reveal key differences

Images have hit the web appearing to show rough blueprints of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus designs, and there are some key differences.

Recent days have seen a couple of leaked renders and dummy units, offering major hints as to the iPhone 7’s design.

Now a new set of design blueprints published on uSwitch appears to highlight the key differences between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

They show two fundamentally similar-looking phones that don’t differ an awful lot from the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus before them. Both have the same single speaker set-up (shame), and they even have the exact same dimensions as their predecessors.

iPhone 7 Pro

If the sense of deja vu is getting you down, then at least the accompanying report confirms that the horizontal antenna lines are gone on both phones. Oh, and these blueprints appear to be another nail in the coffin for the creaky old 3.5mm headphone port. It’s nowhere to be seen on either device.

There are two key differences between the two models here. One is that the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-camera array, where the iPhone 7 is stuck with a plain old solo example.

The other difference is the presence of an iPad Pro-like Smart Connector on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus. This will enable the use of a new set of dedicated accessories.

iPhone 7

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However, this Smart Connector is nowhere to be seen on the iPhone 7 blueprints.

Which leads us to wonder if Apple will indeed be ditching the iPhone 7 Plus nomenclature this year in favour of the rumoured iPhone 7 Pro. The spec gap between Apple’s regular and big phones seems set to widen.

Or will there be three models this year, as some have suggested?

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