Did China Unicom just hint at Deep Blue iPhone 7?

By , Aug 8, 2016

iPhone 7 dark blue Martin Hajek 001

Apple’s carrier partner China Unicom may have just hinted subtly that the next iPhone could come in an all-new Deep Blue colorway, as first suggested two months ago by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

According to Dutch blog TechTastic.nl, China Unicom on its Facebook page posted an image featuring an iPhone 7-like dual lens camera superimposed on a huge “7” surrounded by four squares that allude to existing Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold colors, plus the rumored Deep Blue colorway.

Soon after, the carrier removed its post from Facebook.

Here’s that image.

iPhone 7 China Unicom teaser

In no way should be China Unicom’s move interpreted as the official confirmation that the next iPhone will in fact be offered in Deep Blue—the carrier is likely just trolling us with this image in an effort to drum up publicity for the upcoming handsets.

Sources told Mac Otakara in June that the iPhone 7 would come in a new Deep Blue color replacing the Space Gray option that would get discontinued.

Space Gray is by far the most popular iPhone colorway.

“The new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black,” reads a machine-translated passage from the Mac Otakara report.

Curiously, Mac Otakara later updated its story to clarify that the hue is closer to a “dark Space Black” similar to that used for the Apple Watch.

Bloomberg’s report from this morning corroborated most of the iPhone 7 rumors, including improved low-light photography via a dual-lens camera system on the 5.5-inch model, a non-moving Home button that will respond to pressure and provide haptic feedback, a demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack, cleaner antenna lines on the back, stereo sound, iPhone 6s-like design and more.

iPhone 7 Deep Blue mockup courtesy Dutch 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: China Unicom on Facebook via TechTastic.nl (Google Translate)

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  • CG

    The image also shows what looks like a design like the iPhone 5S/SE design with a flat back and chamfered edges. Hope it’s like that.

    • Newgunnerr

      Not gunna happen. Too many leaks showing otherwise already. Too close to reveal to make any big changes.

      Next year 10th iPhone anni, can’t wait for that!

      • Shay

        To long

  • John Smith

    This news is about one week old

  • ShawnTXDFW

    What sucks is I really was hoping for the ‘Space Black’ color rumors that we’re going around. And now I have to be stuck with Blue. Sure, it’s different, and I get it. I just don’t understand why not go back to an all black phone. This would surpass Space Grey if it were given a chance.

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      I think that’s why, they know if they did a all matte black phone everyone would buy that instead of other colors. I feel like wit the space grey, rose gold and white/gold there’s a somewhat equal amount of buyers for each color

  • Alberto Espinal

    The antenna lines are in the same place!

  • Alberto Espinal

    What  has to do is leak a prototype or some sort of bait, so they can surprise us with the real thing

  • ravinigga

    I know it’s looks like the 6s but damn that dummy looks clean an nice in the blue. But I wait next year for 10th anniversary not worth upgrading every year.

    Same as note 7 most Samsung user saw it was just s7 edge with a pen