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Noted Australian leakster Sonny Dickson, who made a name for himself by supplying a steady stream of photos showing genuine components for unreleased Apple products, has been pretty silent lately. Silent, but not inactive.

Yesterday, Dickson re-joined the rumor game by tweeting out a pair of quality images that appear to show off a 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone 7 next to its 5.5-inch brethren. Both devices are in Rose Gold and have a tweaked camera design on their backside.

Top of post, you can clearly see iPhone-like devices in 4.7 and 5.5-inch varieties with an all-white front plate. The placement of the side buttons, the front-facing FaceTime camera and holes for the sensors at the top appear to be unchanged from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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The devices’ backside reveals Rose Gold finish and most of the expected features, including subtler antenna bands that run across the top and bottom, changed cameras, a microphone hole, LED flash and more.

On the 5.5-inch model, we can see a dual-lens imaging system with a curved camera termination while the 4.7-incher apparently has a bigger camera hole—again, all in line with past iPhone 7 rumors.

Now, there are a few possibilities here.

This could be:

  • Someone’s elaborate hoax—I wouldn’t bet the farm on that explanation due to the fact that basic image forensics analysis shows nothing that would raise red flags. The devices pictured on Sonny’s shots look unmistakably Apple and appear to have the fit and finish associated with shipping products.
  • iPhone 7 prototype—One of the possibilities is that this could be an early iPhone 7 prototype that may or may not represent the final product.
  • The real deal—With only a few weeks until Apple’s unveiling and new iPhones having been in production since this summer, these devices may have been smuggled out of a factory or at the very least pictured at the manufacturing facility. Plus, we can see FCC and warning labels.
  • Dummy case—These are a dime a dozen in China, as we saw in the past. An accessory/case maker may have created a dummy iPhone 7 case with nothing inside to show what the phones might look like based on the rumors.
  • Android device—Nope, but since you’ve mentioned it—this iPhone 7 lookalike is definitely a replica running Android.

Still, we’re hesitant to claim the photos represent the real product because:

  • No video—Sonny didn’t supply a short video that would have made making any judgments as to the accuracy of the photos that much easier.
  • It’s turned off—A recent video out of China showed a fully functional iPhone 7. The device was turned on and ran Apple’s internal testing software. So, why didn’t Sonny provide a photo of the device with the display turned on? Possible explanations: it’s a non-functioning prototype, a deliberately crippled device or Sony might post a video later.
  • No Smart Connector—Unbox Therapy yesterday posted its hands-on video that revealed three vertical pins on the backside of the iPhone 7 Plus, suggesting Smart Connector-like accessories or wireless charging. The 5.5-inch device on Sonny’s images doesn’t show any pins on the back.
  • “Normal” Home button—Rumors regarding the next iPhone’s Home button are inconsistent, but some noted analysts expect a tweaked Home button sitting flush with the front face of the phone, if not an-all digital, non-moving Home button. The devices on Sonny’s images display the usual Home button that clicks, like on prior iPhones. On the other hand, Apple may have decided to save a digital Home button for a major tent anniversary iPhone revamp next year, so the normal Home button seen on Sonny’s photos could be nothing to write home about.

I reached out to Dickson seeking clarification and will update the story with new information in case he replies. A lot of his followers on Twitter asked him to provide additional information, to no avail, so I’m not holding my breath either.

What’s your take on these photos?

Source: Sonny Dickson

  • leart

    Sonny Dickson is that iphone hacker from 7-8 years ago??

    • Kattman

      The Leakster

  • Kattman

    If that’s the real deal count me out for this upgrade, although I think the 2016 iPhone(s) will have some serious power.

  • Kattman

    I was expecting to see a drastic change in the bezels on the front of the phone, as many OEM’s have slimmed down larger phones with a 5.5+ screen size, makes me envious (Note7, One+3, etc)

    • ck125

      Nope Apple is keeping on trucking with those huge bezels (who the diehards will claim need to be there). With samsung and others including a home button and still putting Apple to shame with the bezel size, one would hope Apple would have changed. Maybe next year.

  • Kattman

    Check out the Dummy iPhone 7 on Ali Express

  • Kattman

    Check it

    • Alex

      Do you have a link to those?

  • ericesque

    I know that looks aren’t everything, but I can’t help being severely saddened looking at that picture with evidence mounting that it’s going to be pretty spot on.

    When the iPhone 6 Plus was launched it had one of the highest bezel to screen ratios on the market. Now you compare that to the Galaxy S7 Edge or Note 7 and it’s clear that Apple has not only lost the crown for hardware design, they’re really not even in the running at this point.

    • Kattman

      Agreed

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Samsung has outdone them, nexus will do it as well, the way Google has been refining android as a whole, the day isn’t far when Apple would no longer be competing for the top spot. Apple has gone lazy with iOS and design changes. Agreed that looks don’t matter but at least give us the basic things like a fast Charing, more storage. iOS needs a whole lot Changes as well. Stealing tweaks from Cydia and implementing them won’t make any difference.

      • L J

        Samsung has out done them how? By implementing stupid gimmicky features and then removing them a year later? What happened to the always on eye detection, where’s the air gestures when you scroll by waving your hand, oh remember remote IR blaster. All gone. Samsung hasn’t outdone anyone. They are still playing catch up with new clear direction and purpose. Look what happened to the memory card slot. They “tried” but failed horribly. The only thing they got to stick was fast charging and waterproofing. Believe me. Apple knows what they’re doing.

        What people fail to realize is that there’s only so much you can do to a phone before you run out of ideas. Y’all complaining about the looks of the phone not being refreshed or whatever but honestly, all phones on the market are the same shape. Samsung did something different with the curved edge. Which looks nice but gets constant complaints about the bezel being to small, accidentally hitting things that are not meant to be hit and the lack of screen protectors and cases to fit the curved body. Obviously if apple did it everyone would go crazy and all them copy cats. Relax folks. Half of the people on here are not even power users. The phone does everything you need it. You can check your email Facebook and watch Netflix. What more you want. Lol

      • ck125

        Um they have memory card slot, and I think the majority of the OP comments were directed towards hardware, which yes, apple has fallen far behind (and I am not even talking just about specs).
        People want apple to slim down the bezels. They make a 4.7″ phone that is larger than most 5+” screened devices.

      • raulortiz318

        Come on. One look at the S7 Note, seeing the size screen they fit in such a small body, and you have to admit it is a nice feat of engineering.

        I love apple products and even I can see that!

      • Burge

        Can I just say they removed water proofing from the s6 and that is why the s5 was classified as a better device than the s6. So Samsung returned it with the s7.

    • leart

      only lost the crown for hardware design o.O
      right now all the others are working hard to copy apple, the hardware… 3D touch… is not tha a hardware design?

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        3D Touch is still not huge even after iOS 10. You’ll use it’ for a day or two and then you’ll forget about it. The only useful feature is to use it as a cursor. That’s it.

      • leart

        thats it when the others dont have it. it took 5 years for apple to create that.. and it will be the main feature for your next phone.. can bet on this

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Took 5 years and still it’s nowhere.

      • leart

        yeah nowhere.. youll talk different when your android will implement this,, years later

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I’m using iPhone since 3GS and FYI the 3D Touch feathers made available with iOS 10. Should have been made available with iOS 9 only when 3D Touch debuted.

      • leart

        are you angry on something? can’t explain what are apples plans for 3d touch. im just a user

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        So am I 😉 but the way Apple has gone lazy after iOS 8 and iPhone 6 is just unacceptable!! They make things which everyone copies, but now they are lagging behind !!! As a user we Deserve more. I hope Apple can surprise us with this years’ iPhone launch

      • leart

        the 6 is somehow a weak hardware. tried 2 month ago and returned the 6 for a 6s+ witch is a power beast. got the tsmc chip and im very happy with it.. tried the latest samsung from a friend,, if you overload it after a while it lags pretty bad.. and that interface.. antivirus.. the 6s+ it will never, never lag, tried to open everything on it. 30 safari pages and not a sign of lag,, so far is the perfect device and the battery life is fantastic, like a ipad

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Using a 6s currently waiting for 7 plus to drop !! Not a big fan or lagaxy interface to be honest, their camera and hardware is top notch though. If I ever jump ship, the only android phone I would ever buy would be a nexus. Stock OS, fast updates, hassle free. But since I’m heavily invested in Apple ecosystem, having a MacBook 12, Apple Watch and so many Apple services like cloud, Apple Music, I won’t make that jump anytime soon, but Apple needs to innovate, like it did with iPhone 4, 5,6. The next model should be revolutionary not iterative update .

      • leart

        nexus is the android… i have a friend, crazy fan of android ,, of course he use only nexus,, nice phone honestly.. but he is very angry with the android security, he did a test (he is a developer) and learned that android can be hacked and spied crazy easily and cant do nothing about.. open source… instead with ios you have to wait a year to have a jailbreak.. no antivirus and ios 9 is a dream of functionality compared to older versions.. damn i can measure weight on my screen..

      • Burge

        “As a user we deserve more”. Who are you to say that!? No one is forcing to purchase any Apple product you purchase them because thats what you want and you know what your going to get when you purchase them.

        Best comment ever. LMFAO.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Ha ha ha laughing at your own comment, read above, i said I’ve so many Apple products including a 5c, watch , MacBook 12 and MacBook Air, now if you know the entire ecosystem works hand in hand. If I were to change my phone I would have to get rid of my watch, stop Apple Music, stop iCloud services which I’ve paid for. Now since you don’t have anything other than the iPhone, it’s way to easy for you to dump it. And FYI we pay close to 1000$ in India for iPhone . So it’s indeed a big deal for us as to what we are getting for that sum

      • Burge

        You said that after I replied to you. How can I know what you have.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        It’s okay 😉 chillax

      • felixtaf

        Yesterday he claimed that he is using an iPhone since it originally came out in 2007. That comment got eventually deleted.
        Today he claims that he owned an iPhone since 3GS.

        Dont know which one is true and he dint know that he can buy whatever he wants. Also iDB or its readers wont give a sh*t if he moves on!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Yeah I had the original iPhone for a couple of months, sold it due to the fact it was locked after reset.

      • Burge

        So you didn’t know how to unlock the base band like you could with the original iPhone. And that was on every version on iOS for that device.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Got it unlocked from somewhere, the 3GS came unlocked and Apple stared selling iPhone in India officially with iPhone 4, prior to that only a bunch of people knew how to unlock iPhones.

      • Burge

        You could unlock the first iPhone yourself it wasn’t hard. I know this because that’s what I was doing.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I was a 16 year old kid back then with absolutely no access to Internet until I got my iPhone 3GS

      • Burge

        And you still act like one, “chillax” really.

      • leart

        started to think that Internet blogs are full of frustrated people …

      • ck125

        Technically 3d touch is what a long press is(now not 100% identical) on android and has been there for years.

      • leart

        dude your so wrong.. if you want to feel what is truly 3d touch and have access to a iphone 6s… go to wallpapers.. chose live and now you can feel that more you press more the animation will move.. press a little and move the finger you’ll have a little animation ..
        simple words you can control how much the animation will move depending of how much you press

        android just can dream about it..

        it’s just amazing

        I can measure weight on the screen..

        feels like a miracle 🙂

      • Rook HD

        macbook, iphone designs are all outdated.

      • leart

        then dont buy them.. ill stick will apple product and im a happy man

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Got to play with S7 edge, it’s Such a great phone, Samsung is no longer the Samsung which made crappy phones, they’ve removed so many bloat apps and the phone is so compact that it’ doesn’t event feel like is 5.5′ phone

    • leart

      dude, watch well those images and remember, all the next generation of android phones will look almost identical like those… ill bet and youll see..

      • ericesque

        Exactly! Dozens of faceless Android handsets you won’t even know the name of will have copied Apple’s design. Mid tier phones will have caught up while flagships have already passed Apple by.

        I hope it’s because Apple decided to put iPhone on auto-pilot for a cycle in order to focus on a major revamp as rumors have indicated. I guess we’ll know in about 14 months.

    • L J

      Or maybe they don’t care to make small bezel phones. Remember, Apple doesn’t compete with other companies, they compete with Apple. So when Apple is ready to do something, they will. Everyone else tries to do it before Apple so they can get people to switch, get recognition, and sales.

    • raulortiz318

      So true. The width of the phone is what really gets me, as that most affects the one handed gripability of a phone. The S7 Note smokes this design.

      And then next year, unless they really come out with something impressive, I just feel they’ll be playing catch up.

  • Jamessmooth

    Great article Christian. I especially like the bullet point explanations.

  • Vince Reedy

    There’s your finished product folks. Go ahead and skip the keynote with confidence.

    • James G

      There will be hardware features enabled by software that we won’t know about or understand until the keynote.

  • John Smith

    Apple is more worried in implementing homosexual emojis than really improving their design and hardware.

    • James G

      I would hardly say they are “worried” about those emojis. In fact, its the Unicode consortium that decides what emojis there are. Apple just implements.

      • John Smith

        No. Apple also pushes ideas to the consortium, like these homosexual emojis and water guns

      • James G

        Doesn’t mean they are worried about it.

  • Brad C Hanson

    The only thing keeping me from believing this is a true iPhone 7 is the FCC legal stuff on the back. Didn’t Apple stop shipping iPhones with that on the back a while ago?

  • It looks real from the front but it looks fake from the back because of the FCC labels.

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