iPhone 7 gets its first purported part leak

By , Jan 6, 2016

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With a dozen or so rumors published thus far about Apple’s next iPhone—let’s dub it an ‘iPhone 7’—today we finally get our first look at a claimed display backlight module for the device, courtesy of Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw.

Not much can be gleaned from the images except for some minor changes in the location of a flex cable and a chip that controls the 3D Touch sensor array. If Apple sticks to its release schedule, the iPhone 7 should hit the store shelves in early fall.

Images of the claimed backlight assembly for the iPhone 7’s display assembly can be seen top of post. For comparison’s sake, the current iPhone 6s backlight module is pictured on the image below, at left, versus the iPhone 7 one, at right.

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As mentioned, both the ribbon cable and the 3D Touch chip are relocated on the leaked part. Since the rumor-mill is adamant that a so-called ‘iPhone 6c’ won’t have 3D Touch, this part (if genuine) is most likely for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7.

And that also serves as a proof that the iPhone 7 won’t switch to OLED screens because OLED technology doesn’t require a backlit module. Remember, the consensus out there is that Apple will make a switch to OLED in 2018, meaning for an ‘iPhone 8’.

Apple.club.tw previously leaked genuine parts for unreleased Apple products, including the iPhone 6 logic board and protruding camera lens. However, the site’s prediction concerning Touch ID on Mac notebooks and Magic accessories was off the mark.

Source: Apple.club.tw (Google Translate)

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  • Just imagine Touch ID on a Macbook (Pro/Air/etc) with 1Password… endless possibilities. That’s a feature I am waiting for.

    • Newgunnerr

      Thanks for sharing your dreams, man.

      • hkgsulphate

        Touch ID on Macbook is totally possible, why not?

      • mynamesuxlol

        Imagine Touch ID integration into the center of the trackpad; wake and unlock with just a tap

    • Jeffrey

      https://www (DOT) kickstarter (DOT) com/projects/1952513384/itouch-id-worlds-smallest-usb-fingerprint-scanner-0

  • iPhoneWINS

    more of the same boring iPhone it seams

    • iBanks

      I guess if the leaked piece was more of an zig zag then it’ll be more of an exciting leak huh?

      • Not sure what folks want lol, honestly they dont think they know either..

      • Ultimate Bumbaclot

        At least an OLED screen they increase pixels by 10% every year and expect people to go crazy

      • Adding oled screens means screen burn in gets worse.. They need to improve it first..

  • Bugs Bunnay

    No led screen no thank you.

  • It looks bigger in size.. does that mean Touch ID will be implemented on the screen? But the ribbon gives it away for a more conservative approach, with the physical button.

  • iBanks

    Apple isn’t reading your finger print, only your device is. But what point is it on having an charging mat? I can be more productive using an cable and an Mophie than laying it on an mat.

  • rockdude094

    Isn’t that what we said about the OLED display since the previous iPhone and the one before that probably the one before that as well

  • Qiren

    No thanks. Too much power loss. My electricity bill is already high enough as it is.

    • mrgerbik

      Youre talking a few watts a month. Maybe $3 month??
      Just a guess.

      Where tha fack you live man?

  • Joseph Apodaca

    No home button or home button? I can’t tell from the photos..

  • Nolan I.

    The fingerprint storage is done on-device. It is never sent to Apple or anywhere on the internet, let alone the filesystem. It is stored in the Secure Enclave, a chip on the device that is heavily encrypted and not accessible by any application.

    The fingerprint image itself is not even stored, rather a hash of it is, which is impossible to convert into the real thing.

    Whenever an app or the phone authenticates using it, all the Secure Enclave sends is a go or no-go. Never does it send the app or iOS the actual fingerprint.