iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Again Rumored to Feature Smart Connector, but No Stereo Speakers or Thinner Design


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Though the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren't coming out until the fall of 2016, rumors and alleged part leaks have already divulged many details about the prospective features of the device. In March, a photo of a device said to be the iPhone 7 Plus surfaced on a Chinese website, and a rendering supposedly sourced from Apple manufacturer Catcher Technology featured the design of the iPhone 7.

There's no way to confirm whether these images are legitimate depictions of Apple's upcoming devices, but this morning, Japanese site Mac Otakara shared a report that corroborates many of the rumors we've heard and shares some new details on the features we might see in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

Mac Otakara says "the possibility is great" that both the image of the iPhone 7 Plus housing and the design sourced from Catcher are "the real thing." The iPhone 7 Plus model featured a dual camera as has been rumored, along with a Smart Connector that Mac Otakara suggests could be used to accommodate a Smart Keyboard for the iPhone.

Much of the rest of Mac Otakara's report focuses on speculation about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus based on the supposition that the photos are actual depictions of the two devices, along with a few new tidbits of information thrown in.

Both the iPhone 7 Plus model and the rendering from Catcher show a design that's similar to the design of the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus, and while previous rumors (including a rumor from Mac Otakara itself) have said the device could be thinner, even approaching the thinness of the 6.1mm iPod touch, Mac Otakara says the device photos suggest there will be little difference in size between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6s.

Apple is expected to eliminate the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and while some rumors have indicated Apple could use the space to introduce dual stereo speakers, Mac Otakara now believes Apple will continue to use a single speaker in the device. The report also includes a mention of Bluetooth-enabled EarPods that connect to the iPhone to charge much like the Apple Pencil.

The larger lens of the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 7 image indicates it will perhaps use a larger sensor, giving it improved camera capabilities despite the fact that it will not include the dual camera layout rumored for the iPhone 7 Plus. Multiple rumors have said dual cameras will be a feature limited to the iPhone 7 Plus.

A final detail in Mac Otakara's report focuses on the potential inclusion of two new sensors at the top of the device, the purpose of which remains unclear. There is a possibility that the two sensors could be related to the display of the device, based on recent speculation from DisplayMate suggesting features included in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro could be a logical inclusion for the iPhone 7.

According to DisplayMate, True Tone display support, which adjusts the display to match the temperature of the ambient lighting in a room, could be added to the iPhone if Apple "upgrades the ambient light sensors so they measure color in addition to brightness."

Many of the details Mac Otakara mentions in its report line up with previous rumors that we've heard. Both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are expected to look a lot like the iPhone 6s, but with redesigned antenna bands that don't span the back of the device. Rumors disagree about the potential thickness of the device, but there could be some improvements made by introducing a thinner display, new chip packing technology, and a slimmed-down Lightning port.

Dual cameras for the iPhone 7 Plus and the elimination of the headphone jack are the most concrete rumors we've heard yet, corroborated multiple times by a variety of sources. As we creep closer to the fall launch date of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, we should begin to get a clearer picture of exactly what features and design changes we can expect to see in the two devices.

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macrumors G3
Sep 11, 2014
I would really like a "Game Case" for the iPhone, so I could play iOS games on sort of a PSP Go form factor.
The smart connector would be perfect for this.
That would be interesting.

Meh...so far I'm not seeing anything drool worthy. It's early, yet.

The form factor alone is making me snooze a little. Been there, done that. But I'll wait and see, keep an open mind.
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macrumors 65816
Oct 22, 2013
Headphone jack to be eliminated and stereo speakers added - that is irony.

The current phones with stereo speakers are nothing like a stereo - the basic need to separate the two speakers cannot be achieved on a 3" device. This is like the 3D effect again.

Mr. Dee

macrumors 68020
Dec 4, 2003
Is there any point to making it thinner than it already is? Its comfortable, easy to carry, there is no additional aesthetic benefit to it being thin as an iPod Touch. What Apple needs to focus on is better battery life, a larger battery, graphical issues in the iOS UI. Also more options to customize iOS would be welcome such as deleting bundled apps, eliminate the 16 GB model and replace it with a 32 GB base model who just need that extra room without needing 32 GB. Also, include functions like OIS in the standard model.


May 2, 2012
the smart connector could be used to charging, especially that the next iPhone will not have an audio jack, earphones are going to connect to the lightning port, thus apple has to figure out a new charging method for their battery case and other accessories.

Also, I'm scared this will be the most boring iPhone.


macrumors 6502
Aug 24, 2012
There has to be other idea for the Smart Connector than a Smart Keyboard.

Maybe they are designing a cool and functional case. But its not going to have a keyboard.
Any speculation on what can be used for? Obviously it's not for a keyboard.
I don't believe it will be used for a Smart Keyboard. That doesn't make a lot of sense. Battery cases or some kind of wireless charging system could be possibilities.
My guess is for Enterprise specific cases that allow/add other functions to the phone. HP is doing something similar with its new Elite X3 Windows Phone.


macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
I'm hoping that a design of the same thickness would make it possible to have dual-camera support on the smaller size. But even if it doesn't and that photo is true with the larger camera opening, I hope they are able to improve the camera in other significant ways such as having a larger aperture to let in more light as well as OIS for the first time on the 4.7" size. Hopefully this means Apple will slow their obsessive pace of making devices thinner for a bit. I think this model is just an intermediate step toward a completely redesigned iPhone in 2017 with significantly reduced bezels, OLED, new materials with sapphire laminated glass, etc. They just couldn't make it happen this year due to technological limitations.
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macrumors newbie
Nov 3, 2015
Smart connector and keyboard lol. Battery case could have software on/off with these feature. This is all i can imagine
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