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A lot of people seem to be excited for the supposed iPhone 7 variant in Space Black, resembling the Space Black stainless steel Apple Watch or the dramatic Darth Vader-like black-clad appearance of the iPhone 5. Dutch publication TechTastic.nl on Monday published a photo of an alleged Mute switch for the next iPhone.

What’s especially interesting about this particular part leak is the part’s finish that strongly suggest—assuming the component is genuine—that the next iPhone will in fact be offered in Space Black.

The publication could not determine the source of the photo.

iDownloadBlog cannot vouch for the veracity of this particular rumor as these things are easily faked, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of a new, much darker appearance for the next iPhone.

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Rumors of an iPhone 7 Space Black variant can be traced back to the Japanese publication Mac Otakara, which originally said Apple is looking to add a deep blue color variant to this year’s iPhone before changing its mind and saying that the hue is going to be closer to a “dark Space Black,” similar to that used for the Apple Watch.

Space Black iPhone 7 concept via Dutch artist Martin Hajek.

Source: TechTastic.nl (Google Translate)