Straight outta Foxconn: Alleged iPhone 7 chassis mold leaks, hints at smooth rear

We've seen rumors and analyst memos that Apple is toying around with different placement for the antenna strips on the upcoming iPhone 7, and if this alleged picture of the prototype chassis is any indication, those might have had some merit. The photo you see above is said to be coming straight from the Foxconn assembly lines, where different future iPhone versions are often made in small batches to test their production viability, but still, the shot here might be a hint as to where the general design of the next iPhone is heading.

As you can see, the plasticky material, which is more conductive for radio waves, is moved to the edges instead of separating the back in unsightly manner like on current iPhones, but the corners are still pretty rounded. In fact, this chassis mold resembles very much the leaked rear case schematics that appeared last week. 

It's not surprising that Apple will be changing the iPhone 7 design, as that's what it does every other year, but it will seemingly still be made out of metal, no experiments there. In addition, there are tips that Apple will slim down its next handset even further, down to 6.1mm, so if all the speculation about it pans out, the iPhone 7 would be more elegant than its predecessor, with thinner body and smoothed out rear.

source: CNBeta (translated) via

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  • 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)



2. mastachaz

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

looks like another 6s ;-)

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

BORING!!! The change isn't as radical as from 3GS to 4 or 4S to 5.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it will be radical if they change home button design o.O

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I'm talking about the back of the phone.

7. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Or 5S to 6

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The change is a stepback.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree. As an apple fan, I'm surprised and kinda disappointed.

5. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I really wish Apple would go back to the 5s design a little bit for the iPhone 7.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Oh please! The same crap was being said about that design. How it was the same ol square design and nothing new. Besides, we had a square phone for 4 years straight and the iPhone 5s is still around. Let it go! This design with no home button, way less bezels and the thickness of and iPod would be plenty change from a design standpoint.

19. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

And rounded one are only for gays, right? I do not like rounded shape of 6 and 6S. 5S with metal body will be much sleek than rounded ones.

47. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree with mrhate, nsxt, and yann! 5s was perfect. I hate rounded off sides. But nsxt has a great point - if they can make the screen span out around the home button (or imbed the FP sensor into the screen - would win me over the s6/s7 edge design.

60. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Qualcomm already has embedded FP tech on their SD820, and I imagine they've patented the hell out of that in light of the troubles they've had the past couple years with their CPUs, need something to keep people coming back to them.

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Apple be like: Introducing iPhone 7, with redesigned antenna lines. I mean didn't they file a patent to look like metal but allow for reception. Place it elsewhere or use your patent.

11. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016


57. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

To the Asian guy

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Hope the antenna lines fade off to the sides or the approach is taken to an even better design decision. Saying this because the design of iPhone 6 was the first one which I hated, not only disliked. The design wasn't very ugly itself, but it made me seem Apple moved away from it's original essence, such as in the iPhone 5S. This was the most significant reason for the hatred rising in me!

15. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Guess I better wait for note 6 then.

25. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Which is going to look just like the S6 and S7. Get use to designs staying around for 3 years from both companies.

33. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes, but the s7 design is very good

41. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

6.1 mm Looks like a sweet spot for Apple, considering the past products. That would make it incredibly thin, way thinner than any of so called flagships. Still anything under 6,9 counts as the thinnest iPhone ever and who knows how much thinner than that they can push it, especially with the 3D touch layer.

43. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Don't really care for phones getting thinner. I'm glad Samsung listened to its customers and jumped off that thinness bandwagon and gave us bigger batteries instead.

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed, I don't want to be holding an oversized credit card. I'd imagine we'd be able to have multiple day battery life if these designers weren't so hung up on how thin they can make the device. It would also allow for better image sensors as well.

65. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Maybe they should push to surpass the current thinnest 4.75 phone. I mean 10 minute screen on time doesn't sound so bad, especially when u can now cut ur vegetables with it! Am I right? :)

42. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I just really hope Apple does away with the insanely huge bezels. I don't care about a 6.1mm thick phone, i do care about a smaller footpirnt.

56. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

They are bearable on the iPhone 6/6s since they are only 4.7-inches but the bezels on the Plus versions are INSANE. The 6s Plus is wayy to big for a 5.5 inch device. Like you said, Apple needs to cut down on bezels, not thinness

45. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Less bezel would be cool but doubt they lose the home button. They seem to want to keep top bezel same as bottom too. Wonder if they will do ip68 on the 7? Will they finally step up to 32 gig for lstarting point?

53. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Don't care about Apple phone, but "a smooth rear" ..... :)

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