iPhone 7 May Feature Flush Camera, Stereo Speakers and Thinner Lightning Port

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Over the past six months there have been reports indicating that the iPhone 7 would include several new features, like a flush rear camera and stereo speakers. Tonight, Mac Otakara has issued a new report corroborating several of those rumors, including that the iPhone 7 could include a thinner Lightning port, no 3.5mm headphone jack and more.


    The site reports that the new phone will not have antenna bands across the rear and will have a flush rear camera, corroborating a MacRumors report in early February. The site notes that it's likely the iPhone 7 will also come with stereo speakers, which was first predicted by Barclays analyst earlier this month.

    Last September, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a report that the iPhone 7 would approach a thinness similar to that of the 6.1mm iPod touch. Mac Otakara's report roughly agrees with that, noting that the iPhone 7 could be 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm iPhone 6s.

    Mac Otakara also reiterated its earlier reports that the iPhone 7 would not include a headphone jack, instead using an all-in-one Lightning port. The site claims that the Lightning port enclosure may be thinner than it currently is, but that it will still be fully compatible with current Lightning cables.

    A source on Chinese social media site Weibo claimed that the iPhone 7 would be waterproofed and use new composite materials for its shell last September. However, Mac Otakara says the iPhone 7 will include neither, instead using the same aluminum material and will be as water resistant as the iPhone 6s.

    Thus far, reports have indicated that a rumored new dual-lens camera system would be included on the iPhone 7 Plus to differentiate it from the regular iPhone 7. Mac Otakara corroborates that the iPhone 7 will not have a dual-lens camera system, but notes that it doesn't know if the feature will be included in the 7 Plus. Earlier today it was reported that Apple is considering introducing a new high-end iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera system called the iPhone Pro to better differentiate it from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

    Apple is expected to announce both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at an event in September. Unlike the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which sourced A9 chips from both Samsung and TSMC, Apple will turn to TSMC exclusively for the iPhone 7's A10 chip. Apple is also expected to announce the iPhone SE, a new 4-inch iPhone, this March alongside a new 9.7-inch iPad.

    Article Link: iPhone 7 May Feature Flush Camera, Stereo Speakers and Thinner Lightning Port
  2. garirry, Feb 29, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016

    garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Flush Camera? HELL YEAH!
    Stereo Speakers? HELL YEAH!
    New Lightning port? What the hell? No!

    EDIT: Yeah, okay, I get it, I didn't read the post properly, stop quoting me saying that the cables will be compatible!
  3. Di4mondz, Feb 29, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016

    Di4mondz macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    You don't need a new cable, surprisingly! ;)

  4. JCrz macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    Glad to see Apple leading the way with innovations like stereo sound.
  5. mafo, Feb 29, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016

    mafo macrumors newbie


    Feb 29, 2016
    There is no way Apple would change the lightning port this soon. I would be VERY surprised if they did so.

    Edit: Misread the article. It states: "However, the site claims that the Lightning connector may be thinner than normal, though the Lightning port itself isn't changing."
  6. tmanto02 macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2011
    Another port change? Apple sure know how to piss off their loyal customers!
  7. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
  8. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    How about building a phone that can sustain a 3 foot drop onto concrete without shattering?
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Canning the 3.5mm jack AND reworking the Lightning port means apple will have to seriously wow me to get me to upgrade this year.

    Not only will that require adapters or new headphones for 1-3 devices, it will require me to purchase anywhere from 2-6 additional charging cables.

    Again, the next phone would have to bring something to the table that I don't think I can even imagine yet.
  10. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    Why would that surprise you?
  11. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    ATTENTION MR READERS: the Lightning Port is not changing. The cutout is getting smaller. It will not effect your current cables or accessories, and you will still be able to use all of them.
  12. chromite macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    About time Apple got rid of the headphone jack. Personally I haven't used it a single time since I got my iPhone 6 Plus.
  13. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    Just make it non-slippery like the current models. Thanks.
  14. Soccertess macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2005
    Just needs wireless charging, and then I would say bye bye 3.5mm!
  15. lionsy macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    England, UK
    In this thread: no one actually reading the article.

    Not a new port, just the enclosure size is changing.
  16. mafo macrumors newbie


    Feb 29, 2016
    It is already compact in size. I guess they could create a new port but I highly doubt it would happen anytime soon.
  17. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    I'm just saying, Apple is known for doing sporadic crap. I wouldn't hold it past them. I haven't been this eager to see a new iPhone in a while though.
  18. MacTouch786 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    The same cables will still work. There's a cutout around the current Lightning port and that cutout will shrink.
  19. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    i hope you're being sarcastic
  20. Soccertess macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2005
    Flush camera.. I honestly thought that the protruding lens was for future accessories (that never came)

    When it first came out I keep saying.. well if they come out with magnetic adapters that slip around the ring, won't you be glad you have it sticking out!

    Looks I was wrong!
  21. Met macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2010
    Leading the way? HTC has has had front facing dual speakers for about 3 years now.
  22. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    nope.. it's always been because of apple's obsession with thinness. form over function. they could've added a bigger battery instead, and that would've made the camera lens flush. looks like they still haven't learned if the rumor of the 7 being even thinner is true..
  23. iMcLovin macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2009
    So if thats the new stuff for the iphone 7.IF we get a new lighting port and no audio in/out (I doubt they will change both of that in the same update). But if all that is true, Im gonna skip updating this year. That and the rumored event this march with absolutely nothing interesting to present, this doesnt sound like another amazing apple year.
  24. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015

    This is how I feel about smart phones these days...battle to the death.
    EDITED: Not just that...it's a battle to the death upon consumers' wallet....FIGHT!!
  25. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008

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