Hands-on Video of iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Cases Reveal Differences Compared to Current Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a new video from Unbox Therapy, YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger shares a hands-on look at third-party cases intended to fit both the iPhone 7 and iPhone SE. Assuming they are based on accurate designs, the two "leaked" cases in the video appear to confirm previous rumors about each iPhone, including the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and an iPhone SE form factor that is very similar to that of the iPhone 5 and 5s.

    Hilsenteger starts by comparing the supposed iPhone SE case to an iPhone 5, finding that the sixth-generation iPhone generally fits well into the iPhone SE case, with one minor discrepancy in the alignment of the volume buttons on the side of the device. This is most likely due to the expected design tweak on the 4-inch iPhone SE, which is rumored to adopt the curved-edge glass of recent iPhone models rather than the flat glass and sharper chamfered edges of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

    He then moves on to comparing the iPhone 7 case with one for an iPhone 6s, noticing a "much larger opening" for the smartphone's camera. While an iPhone 6s fits almost perfectly inside the new iPhone 7 case, the cutout fails to align with the camera of the iPhone 6s and extends noticeably farther down.

    Current rumors state that a possible dual-camera system would be exclusive to the larger iPhone 7 Plus, and while the cutout on this smaller-screened iPhone 7 is larger than on the current model, it appears more likely designed for a larger single-lens camera than a dual-lens camera. Rumors have been inconsistent about whether the iPhone 7 rear camera will be flush with the rear shell continue to protrude slightly as on current models.

    The bottom cutout of the iPhone 7 case also appears to corroborate previous rumors that the next generation of iPhone will cease support for the 3.5mm headphone jack and move onto a universal Lightning cable solution for charging and music playback. Similar to a leaked case image from earlier in the month, the bottom section of the case has cutouts for possible stereo speakers with a Lightning adapter set in between.

    When Hilsenteger attempted to place a 3.5mm headphone plug through the speaker cutout while the iPhone 6s was placed in the case, he confirmed it was in fact too slim of an opening to successfully connect the headphones.


    Renderings from Feld & Volk, which worked from leaked designs of the iPhone 7, suggested that the iPhone 7 might also be substantially thinner than the iPhone 6s. In Unbox Therapy's video today, however, it appears the current model of iPhone fits snugly into the iPhone 7 leaked case, suggesting any reduction in thickness would be very minor.

    Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 7 during an event in its usual September timeframe, but the 4-inch iPhone SE is expected to be one of the centerpiece devices at the company's March 21 'Let Us Loop You In' spring event. The company today launched a new live events app on the tvOS store to get fans ready for the live streaming event from the new Apple TV on Monday.

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  2. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  3. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Wow a case.. and they bother making a 5 minute long video about it. Just wait a few more days and see what it looks like.
  4. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Anyone else not read the "case" bit in the title and get really excited?
  5. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    Thank God it's not much thinner (if true). This thing would get hard to hold otherwise and God forbid we get better battery life.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    Hey, Macrumors, if I make a case based on rumors of what the iPhone 7 will look like, will you feature it on the front page?
  7. xtracripsy macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2014
    Lewis got a lot of flak for his iPhone 6 bend video but I love his channel, he's a really funny guy and very open-minded about tech. This got me really excited about the iPhone 7 :cool:
  8. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    I really dislike this guy. He really rubs me the wrong way.
  9. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    So someone took rumors from rumor sites, created cases from them, calls them leaks, then the rumor sites call it proof of their rumors the case is based on?
  10. iLoveiTunes macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    Nice try, Lewis.
  11. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    Look like dual lens (or at least bigger opening for camera) on the 4.7"

    I know its still rumor but this gives me hope
  12. DJ Dilbert macrumors regular

    DJ Dilbert

    Apr 2, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Not really impressed, I would like to see some real innovation like Apple used to do. Lately it's just been subtle improvements to existing hardware. The bigger phone wasn't really an innovation because we all wanted that. I'm talking about the updates that we "didn't know we wanted" but saw it and then wanted it. The types of innovations that set Apple way ahead of the competition.
  13. critter13 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2010
    The large opening for the lightning port seems to be the real mystery. Thoughts?
    --- Post Merged, Mar 17, 2016 ---
    and you were hoping that a case leak would reveal those innovations?
  14. Dave245 macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    You could be right, it could be a BIG feature of the iPhone 7 and so Apple don't want to keep it just to the 7 Plus. Personally I love my iPhone 6 Plus and will be getting the 7 Plus, unless of course there is a Pro version which rumour suggests and I may decide to get that instead, especially if it has the 5.5" screen.
  15. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    I hate silly season where 3rd party cases based on rumored schematics are considered newsworthy.
  16. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    god damn i want a Plus but not with those dated bezels. Edge here i may come
  17. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    Guy who wares baseball cap inside is right, this does look anticlimactic to me.
  18. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    No problem Lewis.
  19. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    The (5)SE is looking more and more compelling. The 7 not so much.

    With the desingn the 7 seems to be getting, 6SE would be a more fitting name.
  20. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    That's a bingo!

    And if you're going to do subtle improvement maybe try adding things (like more battery life, faster charging etc.) instead of taking things away (like a the audio jack) or something trivial (like 3D touch.)
  21. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    It's rumored to be thinner and have a bigger battery. Boom, mind blown!
  22. Xavier macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    I think it is safe to say the iPhone 7 will have differences from the iPhone 6s. Don't need an article about a proposed case telling me this. But, I am really curious what those changes will be!
  23. aamoren3 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    "I predict some sort of camera overhaul for the 7."

  24. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Um are you sure you know what you are talking about?
  25. applepuree macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2014
    I think i will make a video comparing my iPhone 6 Plus to a paper bag. Look it fits, but the camera is obstructed. Mind you i can tear a hole to fix the issue.

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