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The 'iPhone 7' may lose the rear antenna bands and camera bulge

The 'iPhone 7' may lose the rear antenna bands and camera bulge

February 2, 2016

The “iPhone 7” is continuing to come into focus, even though it probably won’t be unveiled until sometime this fall.

A new report from MacRumors has more information about the design of the handset. First up, we can say goodbye to the prominent camera bulge from the iPhone 6 line:

On the iPhone 7, the camera is said to sit flush with the rear casing, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera.


A render of the possible device (via MacRumors).

Another welcomed change focuses on the antenna bands:

The other significant change with the body of the iPhone 7 is the removal of antenna bands across the rear, allowing for a cleaner all-metal look on the back. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain, however.

The site’s source, which was pegged as reliable in the past, was unable to confirm if the device will be noticeably thinner than current models.

The most interesting tidbit, previously reported, is that Apple is planning to drop the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack and require Lightning or Bluetooth headphones.

Other reports have also indicated that the devices will be both dustproof and waterproof. The larger “iPhone 7 Plus” might also be offered in a 256GB storage option – double the current 128GB edition.

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