Series of photos show off the Apple iPhone 7's rear cover and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter

Series of photos show off the Apple iPhone 7's rear cover and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter
We are probably six to seven weeks away from the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. As we get closer to the introduction of the new models, the number of leaks increase exponentially. Today, several photographs showing off what is alleged to be the rear cover of the Apple iPhone 7 were discovered on a Weibo site.

By now, the look of the device has been seared into your brain. The antenna lines are located on the top and bottom edges of the phone. The 3.5mm earphone jack is gone, replaced by a second grille. And there is the larger camera lens on the phone's back cover. Unless Apple has pulled off a tremendous hoax, we already have seen what the iPhone 7 will look like.

Another picture leaked today from the same Weibo site shows images related to an adapter that will allow an iPhone owner to use his/her favorite earphones with the iPhone 7. The 3.5mm male plug from the earphone is connected to this adapter, which is then plugged into the Lightning port on the phone. Apple is rumored to be including a similar adapter with the iPhone 7, along with a pair of EarPods.

Since the legitimacy of the photos is unknown, we do suggest that you take these pictures with the proverbial grain of salt.


via TechTastic (translated)

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33 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

looks like some DIY project

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It looks like they've solved the issue of charging while listening, but I'm not seeing how this is a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. It looks more like Lightning earbuds with a few extra Lightning ports. Both the connector and the earbuds appear to be hardwired to the main body.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think you're not getting it, that is a lightning to 3.5mm converter, there are no other ports on that thing. Those holes look like they may be for the mic (too thin for lightning). Regardless, Apple never ceases to amaze me. I didn't actually think they could make the design uglier but they did.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

We are looking at what may be ports from an upward angle, so they would appear thinner, at least that's how I see it in image 6.a mic hole would be a hole, my an opening like hat and not 2 right next to each other. On the earbuds side, it doesn't look like a plugged in 3.5mm jack, but a permanent connection with a strain relief. If it is a 3.5mm jack, it must be a pretty short connector. I agree, the design isn't sleek whatsoever.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How did they solve it? Am I missing something? You can only use the port for the cable, only one at a time. If you're listening to music, you cant charge the phone. What they should have did with all the money they have and their Beat Acquisition, is include a set of wireless beats headphones. Or why can't they take Beats headphones and pit a lightning adapter on it and put them in the box? The only reason they bought Beats, was to eliminate Beats Music so they could compete directly with Spotify and eliminate a possible 3rd choice for consumers.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7490; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Am I missing something?" Yes, you are always missing something. Otherwise you wouldn't spout falsehoods all day long :D.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one is talking ro you. Asked a legitimate question. But you're to busy being a dick as per usual to notice. Why don't you STFU when no one is talking to you. I asked a question. If you're not gonna answer it, then stay out of the conversation. Fool! I didn't spout anything false, so f**koff!

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I was looking at the two things on the side in image 6, which to me appear to be Lightning ports.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes I saw that. Charging port? A port to link a second set of headphones? Do let's take a hypothetical. The lightning cable technically has 8 lanes. You only need 2 for audio leaving 6 for power. But they all have to share the same cable. How much shielding is going to fit in the cable to prevent the cable from overheating? After all we have seen electrical fires travel up and down a changing cable and damage the charger and the port on the phone. That's why I asked if I missed something. I did. I didn't see the photo with the ports close up. I still would rather have wireless headphones. Apple can afford to give them away with the phone.

43. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

avoid the new iphone. easy!

45. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It doesntatter how many lanes it has, if there is only one port on the phone, and this adapter is connected to it, you cannot charge and use the earbids at the same time. Shielding isn't what prevents the cable from overheating, wire gauge does. If you use too small of a wire gauge, the conductors will overheat, and in extreme cases act like a fuse. That's what a fuse essentially is, a single conductor that will burn up if the amount of current it's rated for is exceeded. All shielding will do is prevent noise from entering the conduction path. Shielded cables don't have anything to do with the amount of current the conductor can handle, but it does keep noise or other unwanted inference from compromising the signal paths integrity. I can't say with any certainty if those are in fact ports or not, because I haven't seen the device in person or it's schematics. It's speculation on my part, as it is with anything being said in this comments section.

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

It's pretty much guaranteed that the iPhone 7 is going to be an awesome phone, I'm eagerly awaiting it! Now come on Apple Watch 2!

3. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Well that adapter sure is gigantic, and not something I would want dangling from my phone. Hopefully Apple's official 3.5mm to Lightning will be more compact and better looking.

6. monoke

Posts: 1142; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yep. Still ugly as sin! Thanks for reminder PA.

7. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Cant wait

9. kevv2288

Posts: 272; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Looks fake to me

10. BullDozer

Posts: 152; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

One more non-standard adapter. Next Apple will introduce the iBag for these adapters.

27. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

ibag PRO

12. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

And just like that Phonearena bans another adblocker extension. This site blows.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which one? Honestly, the site design is so bad (particularly the mobile site), that if I have to put up with all the ads, it's just not worth it.

14. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

So after years of trying and forcing every phone manufacturers to agree on the universal standard that is 3.5mm headphone jack, now apple wants to change all that and make thier own standard which to me is just an unnecessary move.

19. kevv2288

Posts: 272; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

There's no way this is the real iphone 7. Its not even manufactured yet so how can there be pictures of a finished product. If it was a leak of the promo pics apple will show when its announced then i would believe it.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sacrificing the headphone jack for the sake of thinness is a bad trade-off. Phones are already too thin. Keep the jack, make then a little thicker, and fill the extra space with battery. Why don't manufacturers get this? Stop making them thinner.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The one thing I don't like about Apple and Samsung is, the money they make; they both box the ugliest most cheapest looking headphones. At least when HTC had a partnership with beats in which I think they owned 5%, at least their flagship phones were packaged with Beat Headphones. Which sound way better than any set of headphones that had cme with any phone I've everpurchase. Sony, a company who gain traction in the 80's because of the Walkan, box's the Xperia with cheap low grade headphones. if I went out and bought a $700 or $800 stereo and it came with headphones, I bet they would at leats be mid-grade. These $6.00 in the box headphones are a disgrace. The ones in that photo look like pure garbage. At leats the ones that came with the iPhone 6's looked a bit better, even though they sounded like crap. For the music listeners who give Beats headphones flack, they look and sound so much better than the pieces of crap these OEM's who got way more money box with their phones. I would (before Apple bought them) buy a set of Beats or Bose before I use those crappy headphones. When I resell my phones, the headphones are always still in the box wrapped up like they were from day one. Both Apple's ad Samsung headphones as far as sound suck big time. I would gladly pay an extra $50 for a phone, to get a better set of headphones.

28. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

on point, i dump all phone boxes with headphones in them, since they are useless.

29. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

+1.. Getting the HTC 10 in a few weeks.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7490; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The one thing I don't like about Apple and Samsung is, the money they make;" If that ain't "hater logic" I don't know what is. And did you just say Beats headphones are good for listening to music? Lol! Audiophiles have been s**tting on those for years now.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off you two-bit no comprehension having troll. I said what I hate about all the money they have, is they box their phones with cheap headphones. I don't give a s**t about their money. They will always have more than you and I and anyone else in the world. You are a frikkin idiot. Just keep it up!

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$200 beats headphones is better $10 chinas headphones, and thats a fact..

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I specifically said, Beats headphones sound better than the headphones that come with phones. But you're too ignorant I rant and too stupid and such a dick to see that. Did you even go to school? Did your stupid parents try to home school you? Or maybe you were raise in the jungle like in Jungle Book. Whichever applies, or maybe your parents lived in a jungle and tried to home school you, they didn't explain to you how to comprehend what you read. It's really sad you switch over to your other account and thumps up your own posts. That's really said.

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