Ambient and proximity sensors to be changed on the Apple iPhone 7; larger camera module incoming?

Ambient and proximity sensors to be changed on the Apple iPhone 7; larger camera module incoming?
This year, we are seeing plenty of leaks related to the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Actually, the phones could be called the Apple iPhone 6x and Apple iPhone 6x Plus following the rumor we told you about yesterday regarding the naming of the new models. There is talk that Apple will save the Apple iPhone 7 name for the tenth anniversary iPhone units to be released next year.

What has been interesting about the current 'rumor season' for the next iPhone models is that almost every rumor has been leaked, refuted, and leaked again. For example, we have gone back and forth with the rumor that the 3.5mm earphone jack is being removed on the 2016 iPhones. The same thing has happened with the talk of a dual camera setup for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. One second there is talk of such a feature, and the next moment another rumor says that 'technical difficulties' are making it impossible to include on this year's phones. A day later, speculation about a dual camera setup has returned.

The latest rumors from Japan say that the earpiece cutout that you find above the screen on the iPhone, will be slightly longer than usual on the iPhone 7. A change is also coming to the ambient light sensor, which is being relocated from the left side of the top bezel to the right, according to the gossip. And the proximity sensor, which measures how far the phone is being held to your head during a phone call, will now be made up of two different sensors instead of just one. If true, iPhone users are going to have to shell out for new screen protectors and cases if they purchase the new models.

Other rumors from the same source say that the iPhone 7 will feature a larger camera module, which is something that we have seen in leaked schematics and in other images that have surfaced. And the new report also 'confirms' once again, the dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus.

The bottom line is that we expect Apple to hold off on a major redesign of its iconic smartphone until next year's tenth-anniversary model. The 2017 iPhone could fulfill a dream of Jony Ive and feature an edge-to-edge screen with Touch ID, the front-facing camera, the speaker and the power button all placed under the display. But first, we need to get this year's launch done.

source: MacOtakara (translated) via AppleInsider

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How exciting. I can hardly contain myself.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"His sarcasm readings are over 9000!!!!!" "What! Over 9000!"

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

am I the only non-Apple hater that REALLY hates the design of the iPhone 7 leaks? I'd take the SE's design over this POS design anyday.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't hate it....but I'm not particularly fond of it either. The 2.5D glass is fine, but the chassis needs a major overhaul in the worst way (referring to the 6 line). Holding my m8 in hand..... that's what I'm looking for. Tapered edges with a subtle curve on the back. And yes....I am fully aware that last sentence sounded sensual :D.

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Totally agree with your comment. I really hope the leaks are fakes.

22. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I think the big design changes would come in 2017, where Apple will celebrate 10 years iPhone anniversary.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

+1, I like the 5 design way more than this, at least apple could have not make all the sides round, which IMO, is disgusting.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Agree with the iPhone 5>6 design. I still believe that the 5S and SE are still the best looking iPhones.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Apologies for the TechieXP-like post. ;)" LOL it's okay, at least it makes sense. I think Jony Ive became lazy after Steve's death, Apple had so many design fails recently.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The iphone 6 design is gorgeous though and when this one comes out, I expect it to look for refined. Meanwhile yes, I agree with you, the ip5 design is probably the best looking iphone design ever along with the ip4. Taking things from face value for now though, this new iphone 7 design really looks like a pos tbh.. And sometimes I can't seem to figure out johnny I've.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Techie would had put all of this in a single reply not in several lol.

11. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I've had iPhones (tick cycle) since the 3G. I think the 6 was poor and am disappointed no effort has been made to improve it. Too thin, unergonomic, unbalanced design. For example: 1. Power button moved to side, opposing volume buttons, too easy to squeeze both together - it would still have been easily reachable on top. 2. Antenna bands, an ugly solution copied badly from HTC, seems Jony Ive is clueless about how to solve the problem. 3. Details - on the iPhone 4 (I think the most elegant design of the series) there were lovely details such as the camera (flush of course) sitting perfectly in parallel with the corner radius of the phone. On the iPhone 6 it was more of a "f**k it, i'll throw it there". 4. Thinness - no-one, or at least very few have been asking for thinner phones, people want phones with better battery life (through optimisation AND battery size increase, not instead of), flush cameras and a good shape to hold, not this awkwardly slippery and uncomfortable thing. It just seems to me that Jony Ive is an "OK" designer but Steve Jobs had the vision and molded what he wanted from product, Jony Ive can only think "thin" and then he's out of ideas. Apologies for the TechieXP-like post. ;)

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Comment #12, I clicked the wrong reply button lol

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Your post does make sense. I really want to backbite once, techiexp seems a kid to me. His posts show his childish attitude. I asked him to tell the reason for all he doesand gave him some good advice, but i think he wants to be bashed by everyone.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I donot agree on all your statements, such as one related to iPhone 4 design , but still it covers things I want to tell to everyone. Dont realise what has happened to Jony Ive, it all might be due to Jobs' death. Sometimes I think dont they ever try the updates on a device to check whether it has any flaws, or compare two iDevices to know whats to improve. Didnt they test the iphone 6 for durability; if they certainly did, then bendgate wouldn't ve been an issue. Such questions have always boggled my mind.

19. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Pff... ha ha

2. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Should be called iPhone6$ grabber

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

In comparison to the leaks the last year's batch of iPhones got to spread out, this year is nothing but M E S S Y. Seriously now, nobody can seem to makeup their minds or just plain trolling around

8. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

I'm stunned for the beauty, take my money and release 256gb :)

14. bellaxie2016

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2016

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24. AlikMalix unregistered

Contact techiexp1969.

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I guess a wishlist should be posted here for iPhone 7- Plus: (this is not the full one, i created the complete one and it was 5 pages long) First of all, same name and not 6x/6ss/6se/6c issue. Secondly, a dual non-protruding camera with proper usage including optical zoom. Obviously other back cam improvements such as f/1.8 , 1/2.5, 1.4 microns, 240 @1080p, or better, etc. Plus front cam improvement too. Flat sides with rounded edges, less slippery design, preference to larger battery instead of thin-ness. However current battery life is very good, according to Phonearena and my own judgement. Atleast 50% faster cpu, and 65% faster gpu for big gains over A9X as per tradition. 4 colours as now, more name centered colours such as true rose gold instead of light pink. If blue, then be it the 6th one instead of replacing space gray. 426 could be the new retina standard instead of 326 ppi. This would be enough for everyone, 2k and above are useless friends, why dont u all accept it. But if apple's gearing up for VR, then yes 4k is necessary. Single antennas lines which match the phones' colour, or a new solution such as the seemingly forgotten Apple patent for metal like plastic for Antennas. 2nd gen 3d touch with new possibilities, 3rd gen touch id which is adaptive and/or the mythical ultrasonic one. A surprise ir blaster for both Ac and Tv. Samsung left it, apple could implement it attract users from its biggest rival. iP-68 or higher certification, 32/128/256gb storage with prices (US $) being 750/850/1000 respectively, or even lower. If apple is intelligent, it should take on this applausible pricing move, since 6S plus takes about 280$ to manufacture for 16 gb. Last: Stereo speakers from beats if possible (that could take win over Htc), and with louder volume output, atleast 75 dB. Dual speakers needed, more accurate screen temperature (kelvins), lesser min. Brightness, atleast 70% screen:body, MEMS technology mics, Higher quality speakerphone, gore-tex mics, hybrid slot lightning cable with port for earphone jack affixed on the cable, Fast charging, one embedded Apple sim, one nano sim slot, cat 15 lte, more software customization options, bluetooth 5 if possible, encryption all over the os, 4-axis ois , dual pixel autofocus, new camera modes, manual photo/video editor, easier ways to import media content, 10gb icloud atleast, 4 directional mics, option to secure more personal data with touch id/ password, ipad like multitasking, 1:1800 contrast, 185 g mass atleast, excellent heat dissipation from body, and dual finger print unlocking to finalize things up. As I said, my original work is 5 pages long and uses more complex language than the understandable one here, but it's still long enough for people to bash me. Thanks for your patience.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You can dream if you want all of this in next iphone. Maybe in 5 to 10 years lol.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Actually all of this is possible now, or atleast could be implemented by the 2017 iPhone. Notice nearly all the above features are present in one phone or another. Apple should extract the best and use them correctly if its clever to do so. Otherwise sales will keep diminishing like the current situation.

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