iPhone 7 Plus to get iPad Pro’s Smart Connector?

By , Mar 15, 2016

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Chinese website Bastille Post on Tuesday published a purported image of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus that it swears is the real deal.

The photo, obtained from an unnamed source,  seems to corroborate prior rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system on the back.

It also reveals a curious hardware addition that the rumor-mill has not predicted thus far: a Smart Connector. If true, the Smart Connector may be coming to all iOS devices. As you know, Apple first unveiled the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro last fall. 

MacRumors think that the three dots towards the bottom of the device appear to be for a Smart Connector. The Smart Connector interface is also set to debut on an upcoming, smaller iPad Pro model.

As you can see for yourself, the claimed photo of the iPhone 7 Plus appears to show a slightly protruding, pill-shaped dual-lens camera on the back. Prior rumors have called for a nearly flush dual-lens camera as an iPhone 7 Plus exclusive feature.

Aside from the dual-lens camera, the photo appears to show a microphone and an LED flash, as seen on previous iPhones. Most notably, the antenna seams along the top and bottom edges on the back are nowhere to be seen.

Apple is holding a media event on March 21 and the press is expecting to see a brand new four-inch iPhone SE model, a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands and possibly other product updates and announcements.

Source: Bastille Post (Google Translate) via MacRumors

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  • Martynet

    And what exactly is the smart connector for?

    • Only thing I could see is if the phone has the same battery as before but with the smart connector you can get a battery case that charges without taking up your lightning port or for those who like actual keyboards… having a fold out keyboard case with a backlight?

    • Douglas L. Warren

      could it also be used for “wireless” charging?

      • Could be that too.. possibly a way to magnetically connect a new pair of headphones that allows music to pass through as well as power them?

    • iPhoneWINS

      lightening plug that acts like mag safe….lol

  • Newgunnerr

    Damn that iphone looks super ugly

    • iPhoneWINS

      Looks the same minus the ugly antenna lines

      • Valinor

        The antenna lines are ugly, but without them it looks even uglier.

  • Burge

    On the picture the antenna bands seem to be across the very top edge and very bottom edge of the device.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Photoshopped

    • Newgunnerr

      I hope so…

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Look closely at the dark pixelation around the three connector dots, that picture was modified. Honestly this design wouldn’t make sense, the lightning port would be ideal for that, if not; bluetooth.

      • Valinor

        yeah, also to me it looks more like a 3 dot printed logo instead of a connector

        It seems like the iphone 7 plus is gonna get all the gimmicks again…..
        I dont expect non-plus getting a dual camera……

  • n0ahcruz3

    Meh

    • iPhoneWINS

      exactly

  • Hussain Alsanona

    This is should be iPhone f*ckin 6s not 7. Where is the major design ? Ugly AF. Hopefully it’s not real.

    • Newgunnerr

      I know right I hope its fake PLEASE LET IT BE FAKE ITS SO UGLY

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        mac rumours also posted images of iPhone 6 before and they turned out to be genuine.

    • iPhoneWINS

      Yup…. and 7S will look the same too

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol… more of the same boring BS

  • Looks like someone photoshopped the iPhone 6, added the LG G5 camera and the iPad Pro connector lol

  • QuarterSwede

    This adds different enough features to be believable. No one thought of the smart connector before or curve to the protruding lense. It’s not outlandish like most mockups. I wouldn’t doubt this is legit.

  • Steve Harvey

    Apple puts put all fakes to see what we like.

  • Jamessmooth

    I could see apple doing this. I just don’t understand what the smart connector would be for. Could it be updated for wireless charging?