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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Two months before the prospective launch date of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, there are dozens of images of the two devices floating around on the internet. Some of those images are likely showcasing real parts, while others are dummy models used by case makers to get a head start on designing accessories for the new devices.

Dummy units are often accurate representations of what we can expect to see in new iPhones, but because they're constructed based on rumors, early leaks, and other third-party information, they can't always be trusted. That's the case with a new set of images shared by French site Nowhereelse.Fr, depicting front and back of an "iPhone 7 Pro" dummy model alongside iPhone 7 Plus and an iPhone 7 dummies.


The iPhone 7 Pro features a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, while the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7 feature single-lens cameras and no Smart Connector. Early rumors did indeed suggest Apple was working on two versions of the 5.5-inch iPhone for release in 2016, but those rumors were later retracted and information has solidified around a single 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera.

It is not clear why those rumors were circulating in the first place, but Apple may have been working on two separate prototypes with a single-lens version of the iPhone 7 Plus on the sidelines in case of production or supply issues with the dual-lens camera.


In any case, it seems the iPhone dummies in the images above are based on outdated specifications and we do not believe them to be entirely representative of what Apple will release in the fall. This assumption is based both on the inclusion of two 5.5-inch iPhone models and the curious "S" designation on the back of each dummy.

We do not expect to see a 5.5-inch iPhone with a single-lens camera, but a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera and a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 with a larger single-lens camera are in the works, so the dummies are not entirely inaccurate. When it comes to design, the three dummies do match up with rumors pointing towards relocated antenna bands, prominent camera bumps, and a look that's similar to the iPhone 6s, but one design element - the Smart Connector - is still in question.

We've seen several iPhone 7 Plus dummy models with a Smart Connector, but it continues to be unclear as to whether this is a feature we'll see in the finished device. Details surrounding the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will become clearer as we start seeing actual shell leaks - iPhone 7 shells have been spotted, but we still have yet to come across an actual iPhone 7 Plus shell.

Apple plans to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this fall. Aside from the aforementioned design changes, the two devices are also expected to feature no headphone jack, an A10 processor, and improved water resistance.

Article Link: iPhone 7 Mockups Revive Rumors of 'Plus' and 'Pro' 5.5-Inch Models


macrumors 68020
May 27, 2014
Apple knows that without a new form factor - they are going to struggle to generate sales on this newer model.

Therefore - a new color or model with a better camera will be present to try and boost them. This is why we always see "S" models get the new colors. It's a refresh to make something old look new.


macrumors 6502
Sep 12, 2014
Another lame "rumor" and yet another slow news day at MacRumors. Every day it's rumor going in the other direction. Clearly no one has a clue.


macrumors regular
Feb 12, 2008
New York, NY
Guys, don't you see? We've seen all these "iPhone 7" photos with the bigger camera, no headphone jack, but not a single "iPhone 7 Plus" image.

First of all, I don't think they'll call it "iPhone 7", just "iPhone" and "iPhone Pro". Like they do with their Macs and iPads/iPods (RIP). No more numbers. We'll just denote models by year. "[2016] iPhone". And like MacOS, they'll start naming iOS after places in California.

...and since I'm on a roll, next year they'll call their 10th iPhone "The New iPhone/Pro"!

By the way, storage & pricing just like the iPads: 32GB for $649, and 128GB for $150 extra. The iPhone Pro will come with 128GB, matte black (only available on Pro), dual cameras, but most importantly... a whole new design that hasn't been leaked (because it's fully waterproof, get it?), so we actually have something to be surprised about in September. We'll be so caught off guard we instantly preorder it with our new Apple Watches, forgetting it starts at $899, plus the cost of a new case.

Oh, and speaking of cases. I have my two cents to speak about the loss of the headphone jack. People are upset about not being able to charge and listen to wired headphones at the same time. Apple now already sells a battery case. What's wrong with updating their case to include a headphone port and requisite DAC? So those who want to continue using their current headphones can do so, and charge their phones at the same time, for only $99 more!

As for the iPhone Pro, Apple won't make a battery/headphone case for the same reason they didn't for the iPhone 6 Plus. It already has a bigger battery as a selling point. But what if... Apple doesn't take away the headphone port from the larger phone?!?! It would explain the back and forth we've been hearing in the rumor mills. Again, we've seen evidence of the "iPhone 7" case with no headphone port, but it would be totally Apple to make it and the dual cameras part of the $250 "upgrade".

*drops mic* -[due to carpel tunnel from holding his iPhone 6S Plus with a card-carrying case]


macrumors 6502
Jun 6, 2014
But what if... Apple doesn't take away the headphone port from the larger phone?!?! It would explain the back and forth we've been hearing in the rumor mills. Again, we've seen evidence of the "iPhone 7" case with no headphone port, but it would be totally Apple to make it and the dual cameras part of the $250 "upgrade".]

I think you might be on to something. I could conceive of a reality in which Apple positions the "standard" iPhone as equivalent to the new MacBook with a "pro" alternative that has more connectivity.


macrumors 68000
Dec 23, 2010
London, UK
Think I'm gonna pass on the iPhone 7 and iPhone altogether. Hardly much of a design change from my iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 10 has been very disappointing. I was really hoping for a killer from Apple seeing as it's a new number iteration for the iPhone and a milestone 10th iOS release.
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