Just because next Monday, March 21, will likely be all about the 4-inch “iPhone SE” and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, that doesn’t stop the “iPhone 7” rumors and leaks from popping up. This leak supposedly comes from the Catcher Technology factories to French site Nowhere Else, displaying the schematics for the chassis of the upcoming iPhone 7.
The rear chassis of the iPhone 7
The schematics purportedly show the metal casing of the back of the handset, demonstrating that the device will continue to have the same general dimensions and shape of previous generations like the iPhone 6s. However, the antenna lines on the back of the case only cover the upper brackets, bottom, and sides of the chassis, but do not cross the width of the device the way you see on the iPhone 6s. These schematics are displayed on an older Windows PC, which seems appropriate for the source of the leak, a Catcher Technologies factory. In previous schematics leaked from Foxconn, the photographs were taken of the monitors for Windows Vista or Windows 7 PCs.
The iPhone 6s, with the antenna lines clearly marked
A potentially larger camera module
Photoshopped from the leaked schematics, this image highlights what appears to be a larger camera opening on the upcoming iPhone 7.Credit: Nowhere Else
Another difference seen in the mockup involves the orifice for the camera module. It is depicted as being closer to the side edge of the iPhone 7, as well as being larger in diameter than on previous generations. Noticeably missing is a cut-out for the dual-camera system, but rumors are pointing to that option only appearing on the iPhone 7 Plus anyways.
Previous rumors have pointed to the dual-camera system only appearing in the iPhone 7 Plus
Remember, they're still just rumors
Finally, the supplier of the leaked photo also advised Nowhere Else that the case seems slightly thinner than the iPhone 6s. This would confirm, at least in passing, the omission of the headphone jack from the upcoming handset. In the image to the left, you can see a Photoshopped rendition of what the back of the iPhone 7 might look like, produced by Nowhere Else editor Steve Hemmerstoffer.
This particular leak should, obviously, be taken with a grain of salt. First of all, it’s very early yet for accurate depictions of the iPhone 7, but factory leaks in the past have yielded what turned out to be very correct schematics of iOS devices. My second concern, though, is that Nowhere Else seems to actually name their source within a parenthetical “Thx Tam” in the original article. Then again, maybe French journalists and bloggers aren’t as protective of their sources as we are here in the United States.
We’ll continue watching the news and rumor mill, and let you know when something of interest surfaces.