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New iPhone 7 case leak: dual-camera setup possible but no 3.5mm jack

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New iPhone 7 case leak: dual-camera setup possible but no 3.5mm jack
Through many of its products, Apple has banished numerous long-term features in favor of compact design. The MacBook, for instance, took a bold step in the removal of the optical drive, though in retrospect, it was a good move. For a while now, it has been suggested that Cupertino will make a similarly brazen move in banishing the 3.5mm audio jack from the next-generation iPhone, and a new case leak seems to further corroborate this notion. 

Because smartphone cases tend to be very cheap to produce, manufacturers often seek to get the jump on one another. Thus, even baseless info can result in a firm producing thousands of units way in advance of official announcement, with potentially lucrative rewards afforded to correct guessers. Naturally, though, this culture results in early leaks being decidedly hit-and-miss, and since Apple isn't likely to unveil its flagship for another six months, the latest info should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt. 

Still, there's no harm in taking a peek at what might be next, and leakster OnLeaks has delivered the goods on this occasion. As you can see below, the supposed iPhone 7 case includes cut-outs for the two speaker grilles at the bottom, as well as a gap in between for the Lightning connector. The camera gap also appears slightly larger than usual, adding a little fuel to the ongoing dual-camera rumors, though this feature may well be reserved for the larger next-gen iPhone or put on hold entirely until next year. But the traditional headphone jack -- a mainstay since the iPhone's inception -- is conspicuous by its absence. 

Though case leaks are famously unreliable, the notion that Apple may ditch the headphone jack is not entirely new. As well as a few murmurings late last year, a report in January gave the rumor even more legitimacy, and there have been several other reports since. The rationale, along with a potentially sleeker design, would be that Apple could utilize the Lightning connector for the audio-out transmission. Since the connector is proprietary to the iTunes maker, Apple could then coax users into buying from its vast Beats headphone and speaker lines, having spent around $3bn to buy Beats Electronics in 2014. 

More than 200,000 people have since signed a petition to save the 3.5mm jack, but do you believe the iPhone can manage without this omni-present feature? Take a look at the snaps of the case and let us know of your take via the comments. 

source: OnLeaks via AppleInsider

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posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:23 7

1. dubaiboy78 (Posts: 75; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Another revolutionary move from APPLE!!!! Lol

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:30 13

3. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Whoring for likes again huh?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:44 1

5. dubaiboy78 (Posts: 75; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


What again?!? First time to comment for apple news dude. Ok go to bed and sleep!

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 22:27

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Did you realize that this most likely a case for the 4" model due out this spring?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:29 10

2. Saioofi (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Apple probably hasn't even finalized the iPhone 7 design..

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:45

6. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There may still be wiggle room for issues they discover, but it's pretty much finalized by now.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 10:01 1

7. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Idk but the opening for the camera is not bigger or much different than that on 6's cases

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:15

16. ben.r (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 May 2015)


I'd say so. Since it's just a case leak, it's still open to interpretation, but it's looking like the next iPhone (at least, the smaller version) will just have the one rear-facing camera.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 14:11 1

11. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I would be really disappointed if it looks too similar to iPhone 6/6s. I always wanted s-pen and its features embedded with my device (instead of carrying one on my keys, and Samsung pay is better (as long as it's not blocked by carriers) if the note comes with forcetouch and I can figure out how to remove bloat - I'll switch. Believe me I like iOS, but iPhone 6/6s look outdated compared to a few other devices. Android has fought up with app permissions and doze feature like iOS, I'll just have to figure out how to track my family members and get updates on time. And I'll play all the good games and use apps on my iPad.

Sorry just thinking out loud.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 09:34

4. snatchlax17 (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


So, of course taking with a Glacier Sized grain of salt, we're to conclude that Apple is most likely dumping the 3.5MM, and that now there's a dual camera setup...

The more I see about this jack elimination the more I think it's true and the more it makes sense (that it would be done not, because I don't think removing the jack makes sense). Look at the Macbook, they made a single adapter and people still bought the overpriced thing (overpriced because a more powerful rMBP costs just as much).

So unfortunately it does seem that the writing is on the wall for the 3.5MM jack, at least on Apple products, and they'll get away with it too (if it weren't for those meddling kids)...

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 10:37

8. Vanliewn (Posts: 54; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The only way I'd be "ok" with Apple removing the 3.5mm jack is if they added usb-c to the iPhone, and had a port to plug in the charger as well. Then at least it'd be using some sort of tech standard

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 14:16

12. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


There's no lack of accessories even cheap ones for lighning port. I know others will be affected by missing "Jack" but my primary headset is BT that I got for $17 from Amazon - and I cannot be bothered with the rest. I hate wires dragging from my head to my pocket - you have no idea how many times I dropped my phone because of that cord - keep in mind I hate cases and do not use one.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 10:44 1

9. Iodine (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Waaaaay too thick for a next gen iPhone.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 11:21

10. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Let's hope not. Phones are in general already too thin now, and they could use some more battery.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 14:39

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well, at the very least; the case confirms Apple wont be using that picture iPhone render for the actual phone. Suck too!

Because that iPhone render which looks like a iPhone 5S crossed with the iPhone 6 models is actually very beautiful and if Apple made that, I would buy it purely for the looks.

It si also a 100% durable design render.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 15:20

14. maxnooze (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


This is a crummy leak.. Is there any reason people are thinking there might be a dual camera set-up on the IP7? It seems really un-Apple to make anything superfluous because simplicity seems to be the name of the game for them

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:56

15. flavius22 (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)


Another 2 years of same phone

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:05

18. Lenny86 (Posts: 92; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Would not be worried about the design.Wont be the same no worries.Apple always renews its handsets since world is the world.

Iphone 7 will be smooth and new as hell.First of all they promised the iphone will be thinner than before so expecting a 6.5mm or under thickness,also new battery technology,same screen size but smaller body- probably they will cut the bezels from all the sides to make the phone more comfortable one handed.Expecting also a new scratch free,stronger material they will use on the next gen apple watch,

Also I believe the leaks about a new or actually two line are true.A mini iphone and a new pro series with different design elements.
I think apple realized they need to overhaul a bit:)

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