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Latest rumor says that there will be no Smart Connector port on the Apple iPhone 7

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Latest rumor says that there will be no Smart Connector port on the Apple iPhone 7
Earlier this year there was talk that the Apple iPhone 7 would include Apple's magnet based Smart Connector. This is the port used by the Apple iPad Pro to maintain a wireless connection with the slate's Smart Keyboard accessory. The Smart Connector transfers both data and power between the tablet and the accessory.

A previously leaked photo of what is allegedly the Apple iPhone 7 revealed the three dots used for the Smart Connector on the back of the phone. This led to rumors that the 3.5mm earphone jack, which will supposedly be gone in the iPhone 7, will be replaced with headsets or earphones that connect to the handset via the Smart Connector.

The three circled dots on the back of this alleged iPhone 7 prototype are similar to the Smart Connector port used by the Apple iPad Pro

The three circled dots on the back of this alleged iPhone 7 prototype are similar to the Smart Connector port used by the Apple iPad Pro

But now, Japanese site Mac Otakara says that there will be no Smart Connector port on the iPhone 7. In addition, a leaked picture allegedly showing the circuitry for the iPhone 7 revealed that the phone will indeed sport a 3.5mm earphone jack after all. Another rumor that we have seen waver back and forth is the one that calls for the new iPhone to be waterproof. The latest word is that a waterproof build will still be included with the Apple iPhone 7, along with a flat, digital home button.

The problem in trying to determine which rumors might be true is that many of these new features seem to be connected to each other. For example, talk about a waterproof iPhone 7 coincides with the elimination of the earphone jack since it removes an entrance into the phone's internals that could be flooded with water. And eliminating the jack would also seem to make it more logical for Apple to offer a Smart Connector port on the iPhone 7. Removing the earphone jack could also leave room for Apple to make the iPhone thinner, or to endow it with a larger capacity battery.

So many possibilities, so many rumors. There is also talk about a dual camera set-up for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind that September is only four months away. The closer we get to that month, the higher the quality and quantity of iPhone rumors.

source: MacOtakara (translated) via SlashGear

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posted on 07 May 2016, 15:43 1

1. seret6 (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


When will samsung or apple or htc launch 4k display phone?
I heard the displays were ready to be mass produced and introduced in smartphones by early 2016?

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:07 12

4. joevsyou (Posts: 1044; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


why would want 4k on a phone? 2k? isn't enough? because i think it sure is.

posted on 07 May 2016, 18:23 8

12. MrHate (Posts: 292; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


2k is enough? Once Sammy releases a 4k phone you'll surely change your mind sheep

posted on 07 May 2016, 19:58 7

14. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


2k is enough if you are using the phone in your hands. However if you place the phone in a VR headset then 4k would be better. Remember VR splits the display in two. So a 2k display turns out to be 1280x1440 resolution per eye. Whereas a 4k display would be 1920x2160 resolution per eye. An iPhone 6s plus has a resolution of only 960x1080 per eye. No wonder why Apple hasn't been pushing VR.

posted on 07 May 2016, 20:17 12

16. MrHate (Posts: 292; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


If you truly want good VR you would never consider using a phone for it.

posted on 07 May 2016, 23:24 2

32. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Why not? It's just one type out of many

posted on 09 May 2016, 13:14

43. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 845; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I've used a Note 5 in a Gear VR, and it didn't look very clear. The resolution is still too low on smartphones to use with VR. 4k will help when it arrives on smartphones.

As for the Smart Connector, I see no need to have it on the iPhone. Who uses keyboards with their phone? And as for using it as some sort of headphone connection, it would be way too impractical. If the headphone jack is being removed (I highly doubt it is), then Bluetooth and lightning adapters would work just fine.

posted on 07 May 2016, 23:25 1

33. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


You are right for the moment, but once SmartPhone displays reach 4k and have the tech to refresh at 90Hz, they'll be more suitable for the job than the Oculus Rift currently is. You'll probably need to be plugged in as I presume the display will drain the battery even faster at that rate, but you won't be making any compromise compared to an Oculus Rift.

posted on 07 May 2016, 20:28 1

17. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


4k for each eyes isnt even enough for each eye (2048x2048), since its like 60inch television right in front of your face @_@
wish other manufacturer make better version of LG 360 VR (better design, better resolution, and better response time)

posted on 08 May 2016, 09:54

38. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


what??? no, it's not like looking at a 60 inch tv in front of your face t all... those 2048x2048 pixels (or whatever) will be crammed in 5" instead of 60", so think about how much smaller they will be...

posted on 07 May 2016, 23:08 1

31. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Actually, 2K (2048x1080, https://goo.gl/Kow02N ) turns out to be 1024x1080 resolution per eye, not fully matching 1080p full HD (1920x1080) nor even horizontally matching 720p HD per eye (1280x720), but I get your point.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's even just the resolution, I think it also has to do with the rate at which the displays are refreshing. Take, for example, the Oculus Rift, it too has an approximately 2K resolution ( https://goo.gl/ZFgL2q ), but as stated, they refresh at a rate of 90Hz, instead of the usual 60Hz. So, that could be the main reason why the Samsung Galaxy S7 appears blurry when in the Gear VR headset.

posted on 08 May 2016, 10:33

39. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


There's already a 4K phone on the market and I'm currently writing this post from this very phone; Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

posted on 08 May 2016, 16:34

42. seret6 (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


But z5 premium only shows some content e.g images or video in 4k and doesnot always maintain true 4k display :)

posted on 07 May 2016, 15:48 6

2. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"This is the port used by the Apple iPad Pro to maintain a wireless connection with the slate's Smart Keyboard accessory"

Huh? You sure it's "wireless"?

"For example, talk about a waterproof iPhone 7 coincides with the elimination of the earphone jack since it removes an entrance into the phone's internals that could be flooded with water. And eliminating the jack would also seem to make it more logical for Apple to offer a Smart Connector port on the iPhone 7. Removing the earphone jack could also leave room for Apple to make the iPhone thinner, or to endow it with a larger capacity battery."

Big compromises to achieve what Samsung already achieved with the S7 with barely any compromise...sounds more like maximizing profit margins than anything rational in support of consumers...hope the rumors supporting such BS are false, but it wouldn't be surprising coming from apple, profit maximizing is all they've been doing since bean counter Tim Cook became CEO.

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:13 10

6. hwb01 (Posts: 355; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


S7 doesn't even have a cover over the usb port, yet it is still IP68. I don't understand why Apple needs to remove everything.

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:32 2

7. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, and EVERYTHING the so-called "Smart Connector" brought to the iPad XL was already long doable via OTG-capable MicroUSB ports, be-it direct keyboard connection, powering and utilizing external accessories, etc., plus more that the so-called "Smart Connector" has yet to iDream about, including connecting to, powering and utilizing the following types of accessories:

- Portable USB SSDs for additional storage (http://goo.gl/nnjInU )
- Endoscopes (http://goo.gl/9Ly2ln )
- Mouse/Trackpads
- etc.

There's literally no benefit to consumers in making such major compromises.

posted on 07 May 2016, 21:22

21. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 265; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Cost cutting. Things go wrong occasionally even cars with no key slot have a hidden access key port.

While its under warranty who cares but you own it out of warranty.

posted on 07 May 2016, 22:51 2

30. Freeza (Posts: 95; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)


Wish the people were more smarter before choosing their product. Buying it and pondering over features it doesn't have is of no use. Again, Apple is very good at convincing customers that they have everything within their ecosystem (which deprives customers their choices) Apple is not as it used to before. Competition has caughtup but users were not aware of what's available outside their apple world

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:05

3. SIGPRO (Posts: 1887; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


iphones have no future....mark my words!

posted on 07 May 2016, 17:19 16

10. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Well, certainly they won't survive the sun swelling into a red giant and engulfing the earth in 5 billion years, but for the foreseeable future they'll be fine.

posted on 07 May 2016, 20:30 1

19. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


exactly, lol
this vids may explain why they keep lossing fanswww.youtube.com/watch?v=8uCyIjUt_b8

posted on 08 May 2016, 16:00

41. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1044; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


The only reason I can really think of why they lose fan, is because they recycle the same crap every year, stuff it with the current technology and call it the "new" iPhone every year. I love Apple products, but I stated hating their every design after 2014, this includes MacBooks, which the design hasn't change since 2012, hope they change it this year, iPhones, which the 6 design sucks, I remember doodling when I was in 3th grade, drawing phones, I actually drew the same phone, now to think of it, I should have ask my dad to help me patent the design, so I could milk some money out of Apple to pay for my college tuition. I only design that I like is probably the iPod touch, which I find actually nice to look at and hold. Anyway, Apple really should take designing seriously, or they are just gonna loose more and more customer.

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:10

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 5017; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This article left us with even more questions than answers. Kinda sorry I clicked on this lol.

posted on 07 May 2016, 16:38 8

8. bdgcitizen (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)


Removing all port=INNOVATION....

posted on 07 May 2016, 17:09 1

9. joeytaylor (Posts: 928; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Can they use bluetooth?

posted on 07 May 2016, 17:36 3

11. BradyCrack (Posts: 835; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


So will Apple include anything new? All these leaks bore me.
F/1.6? Wireless charging?
Give us something worth upgrading from.

posted on 07 May 2016, 19:39 3

13. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


My Lumia 720 have those three dots

posted on 07 May 2016, 20:17 6

15. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Pfffft. Copying Apple.

posted on 07 May 2016, 21:31 6

22. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


No, Nokia wait until the technology mature first

posted on 07 May 2016, 23:35

35. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Haha, if it actually has such, that could be the indication of it being equipped with Wireless Charging, just like it was in the Lumia 720:

http://mspoweruser.com/nokia-lumia-720-torn-down-mysteries-revealed/

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