For the past several months, there have been leaks and rumors suggesting that the upcoming iPhone 7 will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. It would have forced users to rely on the Lightning or Bluetooth-compatible headphones. However, a new report coming out of China claims that the iPhone 7 will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. The same report says the next-gen iPhone will be the first Apple device to sport dual-SIM trays.
Next iPhone to have 256GB storage
A Chinese smartphone repair shop Rock Fix (via Engadget) has been posting images of iPhone 7 components. The first image shows the 4.7-inch model’s Lightning cable assembly that has a 3.5mm headphone jack attached. Another image shows dual-SIM trays that Rock Fix claims are intended for the iPhone 7. If true, it will be a first in the iPhone lineup.
Other images show the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen panels. You can also see a SanDisk memory chip that suggests a 256GB storage option. Earlier this month, there were rumors that Apple was planning to drop the 16GB model and offer the next-gen iPhone in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. The Chinese repair shop’s images also show a dual-lens camera, but that will be reserved only for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
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iPhone 7 enters mass production
Rock Fix told Engadget that the next-gen iPhone will also see some changes in the antenna design, but the antenna bands will remain on the rear. According to noted tipster OnLeaks, Apple’s partner Pegatron has begun the mass production of the 4.7-inch model, while all the iPhone 7 Plus units will be assembled by Foxconn. The upcoming iPhone is said to accommodate 3GB RAM and a Smart Connector.
Separately, there are rumors indicating that the next-gen iPhone might ditch the space gray color option in favor of a deep navy blue. It would be the first time Apple has dropped a major color that it sells the iPhone in.