Popular Japanese magazine Mac Fan is behind the scoop having attained detailed schematics of the 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7 Pro’. For the uninitiated, the Pro is widely expected to become the new flagship of the premium iPhone 7 generation above the regular iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It is also the most controversial.
So what we have for discussion?
These wouldn’t necessarily show up on a schematic (since they don’t affect external dimensions) but it may make some question the plans’ validity and we don’t know how they will look on the final device.
The big question is – how the iPhone 7 Pro will affect the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?
Since its introduction we’ve seen the Plus overshadow both the camera and display quality of the smaller model, so the addition of a third premium edition may have some concerned about new feature restrictions (single lens camera? smaller storage options?) on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Good About iPhone 7?
Dual Lens Camera – this has been rumored for some time and even leaked in the wild (images below) so Mac Fan’s schematics seem to rubber stamp the expectation that the iPhone 7 Pro will feature some potentially revolutionary optics.
How the lenses will work is still unknown. More worryingly, rumors persist that it will only be the flagship iPhone 7 Pro that will get the dual lens camera with both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus missing out.
In addition to this, no matter how great the dual lens setup is, the bulge from the camera also looks set to increase.
Smart Connector – look at the schematics closely(image below) and you’ll catch that the rear of the iPhone 7 Pro has three dots at its base indicating a ‘Smart Connector’ like the iPad Pro.
What does this do? It allows the transfer of both data and power simultaneously which would open up the potential for iPad Pro-like accessories such as external keyboards which don’t require any batteries.
Bad About iPhone 7
No Headphone jack – yes, the schematic shows Apple does indeed look set to go through with its risky plan to axe the technology sector’s oldest universal standard.
No second speaker – equally controversial is what Mac Fan’s schematics show will replace the lost headphone jack: nothing.
Old design – confirming the claims of KGI Securities’ acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will also take a third risk by sticking with the three generation old chassis design first introduced with the iPhone 6.
In fact, despite the loss of the headphone jack, Mac Fan’s schematics claim the upcoming iPhone 7 Pro will also remain 7.3mm thick – the same as the iPhone 6S Plus and 0.4mm thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.
Given Apple admitted this week that a 16% fall in iPhone sales during the last quarter was largely down to the iPhone 6S not doing enough to excite customers, a lookalike iPhone 7 Pro is a big gamble.
Either way, it is clear that the iPhone 7 (and all its variations) won’t bring the radical design overhaul many might expect from a ‘number change’ year. How that will play out for Apple’s increasingly scrutinized bottom line remains to be seen…
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