Computer Aided Design of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus appear (UPDATE)



While we are still roughly four months away from the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, a tweet from NWE editor Steve Hemmerstoffer's @OnLeaks Twitter account reportedly shows CAD images of the next iPhone models. As you can see, changes to the newer versions of the phone include the removal of the two antenna lines on the back cover, and the addition of a Smart Connector port on the larger Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And there are more coming, but first let's step back for a moment.

UPDATE: Hemmerstoffer, as his alter-ego OnLeaks, has created a video clip from his CAD image of the iPhone 7. You can see it in the video on top of this story.

The images purportedly come from Catcher, a sub-contractor that works for Apple. And if you think that this CAD design might be off base, two years ago a leaked CAD image of the previously unseen Apple iPhone 6 revealed the exact look of the phone a good six months before its unveiling, down to the antenna lines and the protruding camera. The images that accompany this story are about three to four months old, which means that they are about the same age as the ones we showed you in March 2014 that perfectly captured the iPhone 6 in advance.

Speaking of the camera, the images reveal a dual camera setup for the larger iPhone 7 Plus. And while the rear cameras on both new iPhone models protrude, this year there will be no ring that circles around the lenses. Also missing from this year's iPhones will be the 3.5mm headphone jack. That means that those looking for some audio privacy might have to use earphone or headphones that work with the Lightning port. Eliminating the headphone jack could make it easier to waterproof the iPhone as one less port will mean one fewer way that water can seep into the internals of the phone. Removing the earphone jack can also help Apple make the device thinner, or allow the company to use some of the left over real estate to stuff a larger capacity juicer into the phone.

Apple is like the Queen on a chessboard right now, as far as the iPhone is concerned. It can go in almost any direction and it won't give away any hints of where it is going until it is time for it to make its move.


source: uSwitch, @OnLeaks

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  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
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iPhone 7 Plus
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51 Comments

1. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 959; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

"Wirelessly with the Lightning port" doesn't make sense to me

16. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Wireless for charging, Lightning port or headphones, Looking at rumors of Apples "AirBuds" they will be wireless but with the option of using a Lightning cable to charge and use analog to play music.

41. Awaragardiyan unregistered

like Nokia BH 121?

61. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Airbuds, it will come with golden retrievers in the box

48. itsrajib

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

same sh*t

66. PhoneFixer unregistered

Haha dual camera kind of gone hahaha.

67. PhoneFixer unregistered

Why? It is like micro usb 2.0 samsung with wireless charge

2. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Same boring ass design

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same boring insults

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well if Apple.did something new, we wouldn't have to insult them. All you hypocrites blasted Samsung talking about the S3 and S4 looked alike, and you all bashed the S5, which even today's iPhone can't even beat it. Now Apple gonna make another ugly ass phone, that is now showing no one wants it, and Apple just drops the same phone for a 5th year in a row with a minor amount of physical changes. The Galaxy line is much more visually different each model vs the iPhone. As I am always fair, the S7 physically isn't a huge difference in design vs the S6 models. But it has more physical changes vs the iPhone 7 will have. The base S7 has a more Note 5 style. So at this point the design has been used twice. The edge model now have the same look for a 2nd model. But a least they beefed up the UI a bit, they rounded the edges to make them less sharp. Even though they are hard to tell apart from far away, the shape is distinct enough that if you actually look you can tell them apart. Here sales have slid.for the first time, you think they didn't know that this was gonna happen? The best they can do is make the same phone for the 5th time? Please explain fanboys! I can't wait to hear what you say. Can Apple.not redesign their own products? The Macs all.look the same with minor changes. The last Macs only real change is they keep changing the power cord. What happens if you leave your cord for your mac at home because your friend has a mac, but it's only one model year older and yet they can't share a power cord. Not just Apple, all the OEMs do it. But Apple has lately been notorious for changing stuff that bring no benefit whatsoever. Do you really think removing the headphone jack will make room for a bigger battery? Then how is the S6 smaller than the iPhone 6 and 6s and yet it has a larger battery with a headphone jack? At least the edge models of the Galaxy look distinct from their siblings? At least Samsung was willing to try something different. What does Apple.kwwp doing with all that money they keep vacuuming out your pockets? Nothing. Yet you guys brag over and over again about how much money they make and how every company wished they had their money. Yes Samsung wants their money and they are trying to earn it by actually making awesome phones. Yet Apple keeps selling the same junk over and over again and y'all keep buying it, like its crack cocaine. They are going to make everyone just buy the last model. I doubt there will be any record sales for this model for pre-orders. If they do, it may actually just prove my point. They have the money to do better and don't. Keep this up and Apple will be the next Nokia, Blackberry and Microsoft. They have no idea what they are doing.

25. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Please explain how they've had the same phone 5 years in a row. The iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S look a lot different from each other. They went from all glass back to metal and glass, then from the 5/5S to the 6/6S they went to an all metal back with antenna lines. Plus everyone knows the S versions don't change the design. Your simply being an Apple hater as usual.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was trying to say 5 models in a row. It was an honest mistake. But I'm sure you knew what was meant. The 5 is specific to the iPhone 6, 6S, havign 2 models with the same design and now the iPhone 7. That's 5. But I meant 5 models...not years.

47. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

That still doesn't make sense bro. 5 models? The 4s,5/5s and 6/6s are the last 5 models. How do these all look the same? Apple typically has a two year redesign cycle which is why the 5's and the 6's look alike. This year will be the first year Apple strays away from that due to the 10th anniversary next year and the opening of the spaceship campus. Trust me, the iPhone 7 looking the same as the 6 line is done on purpose.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

He's referring to specific models, the 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and the 7. You're talking model years, he's talking specific models. That's the difference.

29. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You beat the record of longest comment. Keep it up. You must go to a doctor, iPhonemania is very dangerous.

32. kabel

Posts: 145; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Are you on crack? Who is going to read your long ass gibberish? "But a least they beefed up the UI a bit ...". Defensive much? Not buffed up at all if you ask me ...

34. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The simple answer is, there is no need to change the design until it is not convinient anymore. Apple products always feels better at hand and perform equally well.... Apple products not all about desing, it is about there software, hardware sync and performance... Android phones need 4Gigs of RAM to perform like 2Gig ram Apple, that says more.. and timely software updates, no one can beat them..........

38. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It is not convenient anymore, 5.5 inch iphone 6/6S plus is larger than phone with 5.7-5.8 inch screen. The resolution is still 1080p, when VR headsets are affordable. Try holding note 5, S7, S7 edge, htc one m8 they feel great in hand as well, but don't you use case on it. Most of the people do, I don't. I don't care how much RAM it has if it is working well and I am paying similar amount. Timely software updates can not be compared as both run different types of software, they get some/many (not all) features in later generations than android and vice versa.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's false. Any design can be improved at anytime. Its just Apple being cheap. This is how Apple is saving money. Since they know they will use he same design for 2 years and 4 models in this case, they order parts likely 200M+ as they assume they will sell roughly that many over 2 years so they get the parts at a huge discount. So for 2 year they don't have to order anything, thus they keep the same design, because the design is made to fit those parts. But that doesn't mean you can change the case design and still fi the same parts. It's convieient for APple,not for consumers. They have the money to engineer a new case. Its not rocket science dude. Maybe if they actually upgraded the parts every year, they woudlnt need to do it this way. See the problem is this. Apple doesn't sell that many phones in a year. They slao don't make their own components. Even though its cheaper to buy the parts 3rd party, it would cost them more money if they changed everything every model. This is why Samsung has less profits. They also use the same parts for 2 models as the S and Note now share the same hardware. But they don't use that hardware on the next year model. If they have anything left, they simply use it in another model. So as we see, we have several Galaxy phones that share the same camera, so its not like the parts are going to waste. Plus Apple always uses the iPhone hardware 2 year later in the iPad, so again its not goign to waste. It's just Apple being cheap. Its how they can brag about profits and yet they keep rasing the price and they are giving you nothing. In fact they give you less. Example - The iPad Air has a Tri-core processor. So why does the new iPad pro 9.7 have only a dualcore? Then what is the extra $100 for in cost? After all what did they change? Same exact display, no force touch hardware, same RAM, the CPU has one less core, and they cut in extra speaker holes, they bumped up the rear camera to the crappy one from the 6S and beefed up GPU. Which of those justifies a cost increase of $100 with the same exact storage capacities? The reality is, the iPad Air is a better buy vs the so-called pro. What's Pro about it? I bought the iPad Pro 9.7, because Verizon gave me $10 off the monthly. So instead of paying $36 for the 128Gb, I am paying the same $26 they are charging for the Air 2. Which si the only reason I bought it, other than that I would have just gotten the Air 2. After using the same design for 4 models, why use it again for the 5th? Then they resurrected the 5S and renamed it to the SE. They are just being cheap. That's why their sales have dropped. You know what though? Let them keep selling the same crap. They can sell themselves right to the bottom of the pack. If they don't change after the iPhone 7 has an even worse sales year with 30M+ less sold phones, then so be it. Then by 2018 we can read about Apple laying off employees as their profits fall to less than Samsung's.

50. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, do you have a life? Are you this passionate about Making a point about a company you don't like? Just don't buy there product! You are on here everyday at all times writing a book about Apple. I'm starting to think you do have a job.......with Samsung....

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

GRbrao android dont work same way as iphone. Much much more features and capacity so ofcourse its need more ram. An example is do you need more than 8 gb ram on your laptop? nope but do you need more on a very big server cluster? sure. also Apple device dont look bad at all but sorry they are very slippery in hand so not thats convenient.

59. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Or I just want I nice phone that will never break and has iMessages and has really good battery life....

62. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If you disconsider iMessage, then there are more better options for better durability and battery life

68. PhoneFixer unregistered

What is so insulting on it? U oathetic he just stated... Where is dual camera setup? All lies?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I really hope Apple is goosing us, cause based on what I've seen (and leaks are pretty accurate these day), I'm totally uninterested in the next iPhone. My 6S Plus is awesome, and if I'm not blown away, I'll be keeping it.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

With the 2GB of ram and the specs that still works well, I would agree to keep the 6S. I'm still holding on to my Moto X Pure and see what comes along.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I gotta have a major reason to upgrade either of my phones this year. Both Note 6, and 7 Plus had better be awesome, or I'm chillin.

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'll call this one the iPhone 6SS. Hopefully the 7 will have a major design change.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm getting my body ready.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same comment on every Apple article. The Apple fetish is strong on this one.

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