Alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 7 pictured in Gold, most probably a fake

Alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 7 pictured in Gold, most probably fake
The iPhone 7 is emerging as one of the worst-kept secrets in the Apple flagship's history. Months prior to its impeding September launch, we've gotten a fair bit industry insight about Cupertino's next move from the likes of Ming-Chi Kuo and other knowledgeable sources.

Evidence is aplenty that Apple will differentiate the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus by implementing a dual camera setup with limited optical zoom capabilities inside the phablet. There are other new additions in store, of course, but for now, let's turn our attention towards the leaked material.

A purported photograph of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7's back panel originating from Weibo – the Chinese micro-blogging website – has been making the rounds online. Pictured in Gold color, the alleged device sports several design differences to the iPhone 6 and 6s. Notably, it appears rounder, the antenna lines have been moved to the top and bottom, and a new module appears between the iSight camera and LED flash. This could be a laser auto-focus system, a color correction sensor, or something else entirely!

Looking up close, the picture seems quite obviously fake, but we have no sure way to establish this with full authority. Then again, what we're seeing here corresponds with rumors and leaked renders we have observed over the past few weeks, so the changes suggested by the photo – fake or not – do remain a possibility.

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