Odd iPhone 7 prototype shell with iPad Pro-like four speaker setup leaks

By , May 22, 2016

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Thus far, we’ve heard conflicting rumors regarding the next iPhone’s speaker setup, with some sources being adamant that the handset would arrive outfitted with stereo speakers and others shaking their head in disagreement, suggesting the iPhone 7 would have the plain old single-speaker setup, like prior models.

Well, how about four speakers?

Prolific leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer today posted on his French-language blog NowhereElse.fr a set images of images of an alleged iPhone 7 prototype case which shows not one, not two, not three but four speakers, two at the top top and an additional two at the bottom.

The image top of post was apparently taken from a promotional video made by an Italian case maker which obtained this prototype case in anticipation of the upcoming iPhone 7 refresh. The wider camera lens hole, notably decreased protrusion and no horizontal antenna lines are all consistent with recent leaks.

As you can see for yourself, the rear case also shows a stacked camera and LED flash package setup, now pretty oddly aligned across the vertical axis in the upper left corner as opposed to horizontal alignment like on all current iPhones.

There’s no telling with certainty if this prototype case is the real deal.

Other iPhone 7 rumors have suggested that the handset may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, sportthe iPad Pro’s Smart Connector and have a widely-rumored dual-lens camera setup for improved low light performance, better light sensitivity and the ability to adjust focus after the image has been taken, among other rumored features.

What do you make of these images?

Would the iPhone 7 benefit from a four-speaker setup, do you think?

Chime in with your observations in the comment section.

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

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  • Abhijeet Gupta

    This would be a very significant upgrade if real, keeping in mind that almost every manufacturer has started providing front firing speakers. I really love this set up on my iPad Pro, looking forward to a same immersive sound system on iPhone

    • Rowan09

      Like who besides HTC?

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Motorola, Huwaei, ZTE, Sony, Lenovo

      • Rowan09

        Which phones?

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        You’ve internet right, search them by yourself. Moto X style, Nexus 6P, Sony Xperia Z1,Z2 and others, ZTE axon lineup are just a few to name

      • LARRY

        HTC??? Uh nope they had speakers that popped on that one, I used to work at t mobile and most who had that first HTC did that had issues and among the camera issues HTC still lags!!

    • LARRY

      Agreed there apple and front speakers heck yes!! Good thoughts threre Abhijeet Gupta!!! Oh and water resistance too and ya got the bomb iPhone yet, that’s the next biggest thing yet, and a first legs up for Tim Cook, Steve jobs would had done better by now if still here!!

  • therealjjohnson

    What is the image on top and why is it distorted/blurred out? These leaks seem staged.

    • SkyFall

      Its his 6s, probably didn’t want to show his case?

  • CAIO MARIZ®

    Amazing!!!!

  • Rob

    The bigger leak is that Apple is now gunna have purple and glitter phones

  • Andrew

    I would much prefer this update rather than the other leaks, which were pretty much just minorly-tweaked iPhone 6es

  • Corey Hawkins II

    As a device repair technician who repairs iPhones daily, I don’t see this as anything more than a prototype. I’m curious to see how (if at all) the components at the top will be included/located. Once I see some sort of supposed component placement, is when I’ll be more convinced.

  • Chris Vasta

    I would much prefer an iPhone in the design language of the iPad range.

  • Pixelated – must be legit.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Well, I think it’s fake pic due to the location of the speaker grill. The camera system will be square and it will eat space inside the housing.

    • Dave Finkelstein

      The speaker doesn’t have to sit directly under the grill. It can fire from the center at a diffusor to reflect the sound out of the speaker grill.

  • Tim

    This year’s rumors have been conflicting, no one really knows for sure what the next iPhone will pack.

  • LARRY

    Well Apple usually don’t change design for 2-3 years I think the 7 won’t be loosing sleep over I’m waiting till iOS 11 and iPhone 7S or 8 whatever they call it..