Report says there were three iPhone 7 variants planned, but one has been scrapped


For months now, we've been hearing conflicting reports over how many iPhone 7 (or 2016 iPhone) variants we should expect. Some leaksters say two, while others swear by the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro rumors. Allegedly, the iPhone 7 Plus is supposed to be simply a larger version of the regular-sized one, like we've seen Apple do in the past 2 years, while the iPhone 7 Pro is the one that would pack that juicy dual camera module we've seen leaked so often.

However, some new information by tech media Nikkei Asian Report may shed some light on what's up with this year's iPhone variants. According to the post in question, Apple did, indeed, plan to release three heavy-hitting iPhone 7 models, as was leaked so many times. However, dwindling growth and shaky sales made Cupertinians reconsider. For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, the company reported a drop in sales year-over-year for the first time in the iPhone's history, though, they were back up and soaring in Q3. Apparently, the slight dip still made the company cancel plans of further diversifying its portfolio, at least for now.

So, what happens with the dual camera model now? According to the report, Apple scrapped the iPhone 7 Plus, suggesting that this year's phablet will, indeed, be the iPhone 7 Pro — the one with the two sensors on the back. Of course, it may also be renamed to Plus in order to retain consistency with the naming schemes from the past couple of years.

Of course, considering how secretive Apple is, we still wouldn't be quick to believe this information is 100% accurate. There's still a month to go before we see the official announcement, and then we will know for sure.


source: Nikei

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40 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Hey Paul, I've seen several other tech websites saying that it will be the "pro" model to be scrapped for next year, not the "plus". :) Apparently, we will have the iPhone 7 and 7 plus this year and a iPhone 7 pro next year.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah they say iPhone7 pro with dual camera will be canceledhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Technical-difficulties-put-the-kibosh-on-a-dual-camera-setup-for-the-Apple-iPhone-7-PlusPro_id82248 people just keep recycling old news

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Nah, it'll have the dual cameras, just not the pro name.http://www.cultofmac.com/441425/apple-ditched-plan-to-make-three-iphone-7-models/ Anyway, it'd be rubbish if it didn't have the dual cameras. It's the only thing I'm looking forward to in the new iPhone. Apart from that, it's a disappointment.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7522; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple had to scrap the iPhone pro, because if it was the same size as the plus model, then why couldn't they have added what ever is in the pro model to the plus model. Also how much more would it cost consumers over the current plus model? If the plus is a $100 more, then would the pro be another $100 or more on top of the plus model. Not to mention what would they add to make people spend much more over the plus version? Basically it would be another avenue for Apple to gouge it's customer base.

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Totally agree!!

21. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I want to bet it will have the Pro name so Apple can charge more for it.

32. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Apple's going to sick big time if they dropped the Pro model. Note7 is having a big pre-order moment and there is a genuine excitement over the new phablet. Hell, this year's iPhone is recycling the design. Most apple user base cares little if anything changes in the inside and the missing 3.5mm port is a downgrade if we can call it what it really is. They need a dual camera iPhone 7pro to remain relevant now!

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Ugly 3 years old sheap design Shame.

8. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

*sheep

10. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Note 7 over everything

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You mean 2 year old design.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

3 if you count the upcoming model. like they are doing.

22. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Funny cause next year Samsung will have the same design 3 years in a row. S6, S7 and S8.

34. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Iphone 6/6s/6se are extremely identical If you think 6s and s7 have the same design , well u most check ur eyes

36. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

the difference is Samsung design obliterate any other design, have amazing looks, and screen to body ratio, and overall destroys the pathetic iphones, which have body of almost 5.2'' phones but are 4.7 LOL. No one would ever say anything about the same design if they where good!

37. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

s6 and s7 look similar but the build is different dimensions, Samsung has to do a redesign, Apple just used the same exact shell. And we don't know what the s8 will look like because Samsung is going to curved displays.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dual glass? Yes. Will it look exactly like the S7? No! The S7 doesn't look exactly like the S6. The iPhone 7 looks 99.9% identical. All that has changed on the outside is where the bands are and the larger lenses of the camera and missing headphone jack. But if I blindfold you, you cant tell the iPhone 6's or 7's apart with just a touch. But I bet anyone can tell the S6 and S7 apart.

3. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Can someone tell me why it's so hard for iPhone details to leak. Usually a month before a phone is about to announced, we know all the specs, features and everything.

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

It's pathetic isn't it? I don't mind rumours. But leaks ruin everything.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

sarcasm.. right? there are tons of iPhone leaks and rumors, maybe 100+ articles about it each month since January.. tl;dr same screen, same design, no 3.5 port, A10, 3GB RAM, 32GB base model, slightly bigger battery, new home button, new color, etc etc nothing interesting...

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Most of these are clickbait articles.........especially on PA! I also think that Apple is spreading some rumors just to create the hype......i mean you know sheep........sheep always follow each other!

19. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Is that why the same trolls follow every Apple article? Sheep being sheep right?

25. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Every apple article? Think you need glasses!

26. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I think you need therapy :D.

33. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahaha I need therapy? I have been not on PA for a while........so how can I post on every article......guess your memories are failing you......see your own post #20....... Oh well ifans can't blame them.....

4. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

They probably realized they are getting rekt because of their own lack of innovation and are trying to do damage control by reducing the awkwardness of their next iPhone variants

11. Unordinary unregistered

I hope it comes with Apples True Tone display tech. So nice having it on the iPad

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

All iphones should be canceled for good!

14. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Oh SIGPRO where have you been lately? Haven't seen you in a while

20. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Hopefully out looking for employment. God knows he needs something to occupy his bountiful time :D.

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