Alleged iPhone 7 Plus in Deep Blue, assembled and working, pops up in a series of high-quality photos


We've been hearing rumors about a new color for the upcoming iPhones for a while now. Reports say that whatever the new finish is, it would replace the current Space Gray, keeping the color choice to 4. First, we were hearing whispers about Deep Blue, then it was Space Black. Then, photos of the 4 finishes of the upcoming iPhones showed the classic Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold, putting a rest to the new color option rumors for a while.

However, those have been rekindled somewhat. A couple of weeks ago, we got a photo of what is allegedly a blacked out mute switch from the iPhone 7 assembly line. Not a lot to go on, but enough to make some believe that Space Black might still be happening.

Today, we get another leak regarding a new color. Allegedly, an iPhone 7 Plus unit in Deep Blue and in full working condition has not only been caught in the wild, but thoroughly photographed. We see the phone from all sides, including the dual speaker grille and lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom and the dual camera module on the back. It obviously runs on a beta of iOS 10, as we can spot the new notification cards and the easily recognizable wallpaper — do note that Apple tends to release an entirely fresh set of background images, which differ from the beta's, when it finishes and officially releases a new iOS build. The phone is even compared to the good-old iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and it is, again, shown that the 2016 Apple phablet will be the same size as the 2015 edition.

Whether these photos are legitimate or not is still up in the air. We are around a month off from the official launch of the new iPhones, so it's not hard to imagine that there would be working prototypes somewhere out there. The Deep Blue color in the photos looks very cool and subdued, much more than the over-the-top one we first saw when the finish was rumored about before — it certainly looks like a shade that Apple would choose if it were to make a blue phone. And the fact that Samsung chose to introduce a Coral Blue finish with the Note 7 does seem to suggest that this might be the “new hip” color after Rose Gold got a bit overused in the past year.

We did notice that there is no triple-dot Smart Connector on the lower back – something that has been present on almost all iPhone 7 Plus leaks thus far. Mimicking the keyboard connector from the iPad Pro line, it is speculated that the new iPhone phablet will be able to connect to some accessories of its own via Apple's new magnetic port. So, either it has been omitted in the last minute, is masked under the finish, or something is fishy about this prototype here.

Also, if one were to inspect the photos up close, some cracks and downright low-quality production marks can be spotted around the flash, volume buttons, and mute switch. The Apple logo on the back is also surrounded by a much cruder, deeper bevel. So, the chance that this is an iPhone 6 Plus unit wrapped in a custom-made chassis is definitely not out of the question. Check the photos out below – what's your take on them?


source: ifeng (Translate) via Redmond Pie

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37 Comments

1. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Love the colour.

32. deeoh1084

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

looks nice i wish the front panel was the same color as well but i would still like to see the all black version tho

34. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They should call it Ocean Blue. It's nice but not as nice as Apple announced Rose "pink" gold. Id be cool to see like a limited edition Crimson Red or something.

2. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I like the blue but does the antenna line have to be this visible? is that a patent thing or something?

25. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

same thought, I'd wish they could somehow make the atenna lines blue or atleast on the same hue as the metal housing of the iphone. So that it wouldn't look too obvious and disconnected with the rest of the design aesthetically speaking.

33. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

They have to put it on the outside of the phone for better signal strength

38. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Antenna lines are required to make the signals work better, the contrast is there so that you'll buy whichever future iPhone that doesn't have those lines.

41. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Maybe they intentionally made it color white to be visible as a design element, or to further differentiate the iPhone's design from the iPod Touch.

3. fyah_king unregistered

Omg, look at the ugly black borders. The side bezels are still big.lol

4. Furbal unregistered

Very nice color

6. Ahsanzafar

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

wow high quality

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Like the colour, but antenna lines destroyed it.

9. elvis_17

Posts: 32; Member since: May 26, 2016

Hmm i guess im the only one who thinks that the antena lines look cool:D And by the way the blue color looks awesome.

22. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nope. I'm with you.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice looking color, and looks better than the 6S Plus it's being compared to. Making he antenna bands a slightly lighter blue would rock though.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The...

11. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Looks classy, the button and port colours are off so not sure if it's legit but it's definitely better than piss yellow gold or slapped ass pink. The antenna lines will look different in the flesh (if this is even legit and/or these are final) - rubberised plastic like that absorbs light while metallics reflect it so you get the opposite colour effect, when seen in reality it'll look fine. I've got exactly this effect on a Bluetooth speaker I've designed in Aluminium with grey rubber button - they look alternately dark/light next to each other but you don't even notice it as a problem. These bands are obviously lighter colour than the metal so it'll be a bit different but may not even be final or legit anyway...

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed, the final version will look much better.

23. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They should make the antennas black or a dark grey to blend in with the body better so hopefully this isn't the final design (though release is not too far away).

12. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

"Samsung chose to introduce blue coral colour with the Note7" *stares at black Sapphire S6 edge+ and S6 across the table. Also wouldn't it look better with black antenna bands

13. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Looks like 2 eyeballs with a unibrow wrapped around the entire forehead. How can Apple make a design even more unpleasant?

16. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I agree. Seriously, besides being used to the ios ecosystem, why would anyone who wants the best even bother at this point.

18. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Wow!!! Gorgeous. The ip7+ might knock it out of the park afterall..

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It actually doesn't look half bad. I'm no that into a white front, but it actually would look good on this color.

20. mrmojo78

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Oh WOW!!! It's the iPhone 6...I mean 7. Tim Cook and Apple really know how to make us spend our hard earned cash on rehashed, unoriginal garbage. I miss Jobs!!!

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

black on the front? why...

24. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Can't they use a subduedcolir for the antenna lines like grey or a dull blue?

26. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Apple's silver and Note 7's blue colors are the best.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Fake! Look at the quality of the buttons and mute switch and cutout holes of the blue one vs the iPhone 6s+ silver one. The silver looks so perfect, the blue one looks like it's made with a hammer. Pretty sure this is the back of a mockup assembled over the original 6s/+. Otherwise we'd be seeing more than just assembled phone but we would know what the dual camera on the iPhone is all about.

28. Derekjeter

Posts: 1488; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This looks ugly. I don't think any OEM will beat Samsung on the hardware of the Note 7, that phone looks so beautiful! Its a shame the software still not what i would use TW sucks!. My Nexus software on that body would make me sooooo happy. Like i have previously stated, no phone is worth buying this year.

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