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Mac Otakara, a fairly reliable Japanese-language blog, learned from its own sources this morning that the rumors pertaining to some of the more controversial iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features are in fact true. No headphone jack? You bet! That CAD design rendering supposedly sourced from Apple manufacturer Catcher Technology which gave us a closer look at a trio of suspicious-looking dots on the back of the phone? Yup, that’s a Smart Connector! Wait, what?

Stereo speakers and no headphone hack

Mac Otakara says previous rumors which call for the removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 are true as the handset will instead rely on wireless Bluetooth headsets and Lightning-approved wired ones.

It’s interesting from the report that a rumored Bluetooth edition of Apple’s EarPods headphones will charge via the iPhone 7’s Lightning port, much like the Apple Pencil. However, the blog does not believe that the iPhone 7 will have stereo speakers.

As for a larger cutout on the back, Mac Otakara believes it indicates a larger camera sensor for even better picture quality. Prior rumors have posited that a dual-lens camera system will be exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus.

An iPhone with a Smart Connector? Yes, please!

I’m most excited for the possibility of an iPhone with a Smart Connector.

I’ve been wondering about that ever since Apple debuted the iPad Pro with the Smart Connector last fall. It seems to me that the Smart Connector won’t be exclusive to the iPad Pro after all, and rightfully so: other iOS devices could benefit tremendously from having a way to attach cases and other accessories magnetically, with automatic pairing and two-way data/power transfer, no wires needed.

To that extent, Mac Otakara speculates that the supposed Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 could be used to accommodate a Smart Keyboard for the iPhone 7.

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An iPhone with a True Tone display?

Unlike the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has so-called True Tone display which adjusts the display performance to match the light in your environment, automatically and on the fly.

DisplayMate in its shootout of various tablet screens speculated that this technology might make its way inside the iPhone 7, resulting in improved screen performance and readability in high ambient light.

“True Tone could be added if Apple upgrades the ambient light sensors so they measure color in addition to brightness,” said DisplayMate.

In regard to that notion, Mac Otakara claims that “two sensors will be added” at the top of the iPhone 7, though it’s currently “unclear for what purpose.” Well, I have an idea: True Tone technology on the iPad Pro takes data from a pair of four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both the color temperature of ambient light and brightness.

Current iPhones have always had their proximity and ambient light sensors at the top, next to the earpiece. If two sensors will be added there as the Japanese publication speculates, I think we’re going to see True Tone as one of the features of the iPhone 7.

The rumors were true

According to Google Translate, “the possibility is great” that supposed CAD renderings from Catcher and leaked parts are “the real thing”. If Mac Otakara is right, then users who held off upgrading in the hope of buying a completely new form-factor iPhone this fall may be disappointed.

Judging by the leaks, the next iPhone is going to use a refined iPhone 6s-style design this year. This tells us that we’ll have to wait until 2017 or maybe even 2018 when an iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 should give us a brand new industrial design and the superior AMOLED display technology.

Source: Mac Otakara (Google Translate)

  • Dave

    What would be the sense of removing the analog audio output and then not putting stereo speakers??

    • Rowan09

      For better sound like on the iPad Pro devices.

  • Al Fresco

    Now that I see the form factor is staying with the 6, and 6s shape, I think it is safe to say that Apple is no longer innovating at the pace they once were. For a company to have profit margins so high, and to use cost-saving methods so needlessly indicates that they have simply run out of either motivation or ideas.
    I know these are still rumors, but this is disappointing news.

    • Fanboy 

      Or maybe, they’ve reached a design they’re satisfied with and are focusing on innovative software, hardware, ecosystem, etc.? I don’t think aesthetics determine if a company is being innovative or not

      • Al Fresco

        They’re Apple. They’re the best at what they do. Consumers expect that they can focus on software, peripherals, ecosystem etc, all while continuing to push the industrial design envelope within the technology sector.

      • Gregg

        The 6/6s design is bland and boring. 5/5s was the best there was in recent years, imo. Give me iPhone 7 with the 5/5s design and I’ll upgrade in a heartbeat, jailbreak or not.

    • therealjjohnson

      You think changing the shape of the phone is innovation? I would think the technology of the phone would be the innovative part. Should be fairly easy to make a extra curve or dip on a bar phone. Really not a use for it. I would rather the technology just be great.

      • Antzboogie

        Me too.

    • Blip dude

      That’s cool. I personally enjoy the 6S Plus design and glad to see they are not changing it. That being said, I have no intentions on upgrading to any of the 7 models (including the S models). For once I can say I’m happy with the phone I have now. Battery life is decent, 2GB is more than enough for a phone. Don’t need 4K but it will come in handy, and overall it feels good on the hand. I just hope it’ll another 3 years when the 8S (assumption name of course) is released. Until then, I await a Jailbreak to make this phone complete.

      Lastly, unless iOS 10 brings something innovative as they say, my phone will stay on either 9.2 or 9.3.X because let’s face it, the planned Obsolescence is clear, and eventually there will be an update that will make the device slower, so I might as well leave it on iOS 9.X where it will keep running great unless iOS actually brings something worth updating.

      • therealjjohnson

        I can dig it. Staying on that old firmware that long may not be safe though. The patches they fix for security risks along maybe enough reason to try iOS 10 out.

        That being said, I’m still on 9.1 because of a jailbreak. Trying to wait it out to move from this 6 to a 7.

      • Antzboogie

        Yeah I will stay with my 6S Plus until the next Jailbreak. Hope the iPhone 7 doesn’t get rid of the headphone jack or how will I charge and listen to music at the same time? Sometimes people fix things that arent broken.

    • Rowan09

      The look of a device means innovation? I would like a new look every time but maybe they couldn’t find one that’s satisfying. I care more for features and software improvements than just the look. The Note looks pretty much the same since the Note 2 and HTC had the same look for years, so that doesn’t impact innovation.

    • smtp25

      What like the did what all the prior generations – they don’t just change them over night 4,45,5,5S (stretching the same chassis size is not new design)

  • If this is true – which is increasingly likely – then iOS 10 better be a major update. If this is how the iPhone 7 ends up, then there’s nothing to excite consumers; hardly any visual changes and they have to get new headphones, how exciting. Most people won’t care about it being slightly thinner.

    iOS 9 wasn’t overly short on features, but we haven’t had any major visual changes since iOS 7 – iOS 10 needs to be pretty major if the iPhone hardly changes.

  • Virus

    $50 lighting cable to headphone jack incoming

    • CG

      *$30

      • Blip dude

        At the stunts Apple has been pulling, I wouldn’t be surprised if the adapter actually turns out to be $50.

      • igorsky

        “Stunts” is a weird description. Have they ever forced you to buy anything?

      • Blip dude

        Why would someone need to force somebody else to do something in order for it to be a stunt? I can pull many stunts and it won’t necessarily affect you or force you to do something would it??

    • :D

      I work for Apple. It’s going to be free.

      • Amac25

        Said no one at Apple ever

      • chrisz5z

        exactly…must be free with an employee discount

  • Matt

    Well, I guess this will be a goodbye to iPhone.

    • Amac25

      Yep. Got my eyes set on a Note 6 if the rumors are true for it as well.

      • igorsky

        Awesome. Good luck to the both of you…and enjoy those Android updates. Nah, I’m kidding…you’ll never see any updates.

      • smtp25

        And they will have to put up with the crap touchwiz to boot

    • Rowan09

      Why?

      • Matt

        Because not having a headphone jack is a dealbraker for me

      • Amac25

        Yea why should I have to buy an adapter or wireless headphones when I have perfectly good ones that I use almost daily!

      • Martynet

        Because the adapter could have it’s own doc for high-res audio.. for example. This is BIG and I bet you, in couple of years, every phone will be without jack. Apple is just the first one. Like always.

      • chrisz5z

        Hi-res audio is already possible with with a 3.5mm analog signal, and the digital signal from the lighting connector only produces an improvement over analog that is marginal at best. This move from Apple is nothing new though

      • Martynet

        yes, high-res audio is possible with 3.5mm analog output, but not from the iPhone, because of it’s DAC.
        And I personaly use external DAC through lightning to listen to high-res music and That’s the only way how to do that today. There is already few headphone with lightning connector and DAC inside them. We need more of these.

      • chrisz5z

        I agree, external DACs are usually the best way to go regardless. But I can see this move being highly frustrating for people who aren’t audiophiles like ourselves

      • igorsky

        Exactly. I just find it moronic that people won’t think twice about spending $700 for a phone, yet a $20 adapter is a dealbreaker. Funny stuff.

      • Rowan09

        Remember when Apple came out with the Air and people said no disc drive it’s bound to fail and now look at everyone else in the space.

      • Jayy

        Maybe adapters will come with the phone, you never know! Just like at one point headphones coming with phones weren’t a thing!

      • chrisz5z

        Possible, but the only time Apple has provided an adapter with their phones is when the European Union forced them to provide a lightning to microUSB

      • smtp25

        Yeah throw the phone in the bin – or maybe they will have a bluetooth dongle that attaches to your existing headphones 3.5mm plug. same headphones just don’t need to plug them in anymore

      • Rowan09

        But if they include Bluetooth headphones what’s the huge deal? I get it that’s it’s an inconvenience at the time, but as stated below, wireless tech is the way of the future.

      • Mark S

        The headphones apple provides have historically been 5hit.

      • Rowan09

        Right but if they have an adapter your problem is solved.

      • jakeopp

        Tbh, buying and carrying around an adapter sounds pretty lousy. I shouldn’t have to purchase a basic features that 100% of smartphone already come with.

        I’m sure the average consumer won’t care and will continue to line up for Apple products in droves anyways though, leaving those of us who do care behind in the dust.

      • Rowan09

        What will you do when everyone goes wireless? It is inevitable.

  • IOSGuru9

    Can someone explain to my why a smart connected is needed or what it is for? I’m just wanting to enlightened on what it is use for

    • Benedict

      I had pogo pins on my Nexus 7 back in 2012 but they were only good for connecting when placed in the docking station…

  • Hussain Alsanona

    It seems that the iPhone 7 design was the 6s design, but they decided to postponed it either they’re waiting for perfect hard design for the completely new design which will be in 2017 as the rumors said, as well as AMOLED display.

    • Blip dude

      Somewhat doubt it. While anything is possible, 2017 going by history will be an “S” upgrade year, so I wouldn’t expect much.

  • Nathan

    A smart keyboard for the 7..? What the heck…

    • Hussain Alsanona

      It’s not necessary a keyboard, maybe for case charger or even something new we don’t know about!

  • :D

    If Apple come up with a decent Beats-type headset that can also plug into the smart connector for a wired connection (wired + wireless option), then I’d be on board

  • n0ahcruz3

    That HTc 10 is looking better each day lol

    • Rowan09

      Why?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Idk maybe because i was hoping for a new design. im still gonna wait what apple will unveil until i decide tho. But that htc 10 is very enticing and they said it can have 2 days battery life

      • Rowan09

        I understand I would like a new design as well. It won’t have 2 days of normal usage it has a 3000mAH battery in it.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I saw a headline from BGR that it can have 2 day battery.. I didn’t read the article tho.

      • Rowan09

        I went on the HTC website and it said it has a 3000mAH battery. The S7 have a 3600 or 3800 and it doesn’t do 2 day battery life.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know it has 3000 mah, BGR probably click baiting again.. But if u go over to BGr website it’s there. But u have to scroll back a little.

      • n0ahcruz3

        So i looked up htc website and checked out the 10 and it does say there it can have 2 day battery*.

      • Rowan09

        Of course, my 6S Plus can have 2 day battery life but no way will I get that with regular usage.

      • n0ahcruz3

        We’ll see the reviews and world usage. And i want to see the 7 first before i decide. I’ll still use my 6 as my back up phone.

      • Rowan09

        I own the S7 Edge since day one and it’s way over rated. It’s great with battery life by it lags for me and I barely use it. It’s my backup since they had the buy 2 get one free deal with the VR headsets. I was considering selling it for the HTC 10 but the resale price is horrible.

    • tariq

      Dude, i highly recommend s7 edge. i never had an HTC 10 so idk much about it. But s7 edge is pretty good phone and great on battery. Sharring this in case u having thoughts on getting one

      • n0ahcruz3

        I’ll wait til apple unveils the 7 then i’ll decide. The HtC 10 looks good aesthetically speaking can have 2 day battery life and has usb type-c. If i decide to get that one it will be my first android flagship. I tried motoG(1st gen) as a backup, sturdy as hell. Htc 10 just got unveil a few days ago.

    • igorsky

      Good luck.

  • Jamessmooth

    I’m stoked. Love the 6 design so I hope these rumors are true. My money is on the smart connector being some sort of wireless charging mechanism. Apple will sell the charging pad separately, of course. So be ready to spend some serious dough on this new iPhone for all the extra goodies.

  • Smart connector iMO would not be ideal for keyboard accesories on a smaller device like the iPhone (they could release but not much use).. instead, a battery case with built in storage of sorts would be a better fit for a phone.

    • Geoffrey Spencer

      What if they come up with a BB-like keyboard? I am used to the on-screen keyboard but I keep hearing from others that they would prefer a physical keyboard. Maybe this is Apple’s solution. I am sure a third-party will come up with something.

  • not important issue

  • Sam Bain

    Can see them dropping the Lightning port all together and replacing it with the smart connector l, not to sure on the size it would have internally but I’m sure it would help shrink the form factor and would be easier to connect to docks as well as chargers similar to the Apple Watch and connect magnetically

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    It would be cool to have smart connector headphones.

  • jp2002

    There is a typo – headphone hack

  • Innes

    It looks like the antenna rumours were correct as it skirts around the bezel instead of cutting across the back. I kind of like the current antenna design though.

  • Harsh Sac

    Btw this is re-assuring from UnboxTherapy’s video about a case for the iPhone 7, which had a vertically widened lightning port, and not-wide enough opening next to it, for the non-existent headphone jack

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Truly pathetic to not be able to bring an amoled display. The tech has been around for quite some time and I cannot believe it is a supply issue. Apple’s bezels make me wanna puke, period.