The official launch of the iPhone 7 is still a few months down the line, but this latest leak apparently shows the new Apple smartphone in all its glory.
The internet rumor mill has been spitting out stories, predictions and leaks on the iPhone 7 for months. However this leak purports to show a closeup view of the new handset in the wild.
Leaker publishes photo of iPhone 7
Renowned Twitter leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer published the photo, which shows the back of what he claims is an iPhone 7 dummy unit. The phone will launch officially in September.
If the photos do show the new Apple smartphone, the iPhone 7 will not look all that different from the iPhone 6 and 6S. However there are a few features worth pointing out.
The first is the position of the antenna bands, of which there will now be two. One is at the bottom of the handset and the other is at the top, while both stand out more than they do on existing models.
The second is the camera module. There have been persistent rumors about the introduction of a dual-camera system on the iPhone 7, however the handset in the photo has only one camera.
However it is interesting to note that the lens is bigger than on the iPhone 6S, which may point to a wider aperture. It also looks as if the camera bump will still exist, despite rumors that Apple had found a way to make it sit flush with the body of the smartphone.
Design remains largely similar to existing Apple smartphone
These are the only major changes that can be seen in the photo. However we cannot see the handset from the front, and there could be some design changes on that side.
Some rumors have mentioned a new flush, touch-sensitive home button, but Apple could decide to hold back on that feature. Reports have claimed that the company is planning a major redesign of the iPhone for its tenth-anniversary model, which could include an OLED display and a glass case when it ships in 2017.
Alongside the photo of the iPhone 7 handset, Hammerstoffer also showed off the rumored Lightning headphones that will reportedly ship with the new smartphone. It is widely believed that Apple will remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, perhaps using the space for a second speaker.
If this happens then the Lightning port will become the port used for audio output, charging and connecting accessories. This would make the iPhone 7 thinner than its predecessors, but some Apple fans have spoken out against the potential move.
Will changes be enough to drive sales?
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has released a new report based on a survey of 400 iPhone owners. The results reveal that just 15% of users are planning to upgrade to the iPhone 7 this fall, and 29% said that they are thinking about an upgrade.
As it stands some 67% of U.S. iPhone owners currently have an iPhone 6/6s or older, which means they would be prime candidates for an upgrade. At the same time 32% of users own the iPhone 5s or older, and could be encouraged to upgrade due to future compatibility issues with new software.
It is thought that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be announced in September. Rumor has it that they will have Apple A10 processors, better waterproofing, 32GB base storage, better LTE and WiFi connections and a dual-lens camera.