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iPhone 7 dummies and alleged components that have been leaking out of Asia in the past few months have more or less consistently shown a second speaker grille to the left of the Lightning port at the bottom. Many people are convinced that the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has created space inside the device for another speaker, indicating that the next iPhone may finally have stereo sound.

That conventional wisdom is now called into question as French blog NowhereElse.fr points us to alleged technical drawings, obtained from a Foxconn plant, suggesting that another mic, not a speaker, may be hiding behind these additional speaker holes.

NOTE: This article originally speculated that the left speaker grille might be “just for the looks” as the drawings didn’t appear to mention another speaker in place of the 3.5mm headphone jack. We apologize for this error, stemming from a misinterpretation of a machine-translated version of the original article in French.

Chinese text on the purported assembly instructions suggests that a second set of speaker holes to the left of the Lightning port, where current devices have the 3.5mm headphone jack, could be a microphone mesh. NowhereElse agrees that there appears to be a mic behind the left speaker grille, but not another speaker.

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You know what else these alleged internal assembly instruction drawings seem to “confirm”? A haptic Home button. But I digress—back to the speaker holes. As MacRumors observes, “most of the secondary holes would be non-functional, except for the one furthest to the right, which would double as a microphone,” adding that a previous design drawing has depicted the left speaker grille as ornamental.


Those previously leaked CAD renderings can be seen above.

In these photos, “the secondary holes are not cut all the way through except for what would be normally be the microphone hole,” writes the publication.

It’s entirely possible that some joker out there has faked these drawings in Photoshop so I’d take this one with a grain of salt if I were you.

Source: Baidu via NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I doubt that this would be true. It wouldn’t make sense for Apple to add these speaker grilles and not use them. If they did that I would be very shocked

    • Dany Quirion

      they wouldnt remove the headphone jack for a fake speaker

      • werionae

        Bigger battery?

      • Well thats how the iPhones looked in the past 2G to 4S… They looked like it had dual speakers…

      • Andres

        The one on the left is the mic for the phone. And the one on the right is the speaker. On 6s there’s a mic left of charging port, and next to the camera

      • You misunderstood. In total there are 4 microphones on the 6S and 6S plus. Two on both sides on the charging port are the ones I was referring too. but there are two more atop the device. One next to the rear camera the other on the front.. All I am saying is that there is still a chance it could have dual speakers at the bottom.

  • The 6S and Plus have two mics on the charging port module. It would make sence for this device to have the same. The iphone 2G to 4S had the same design fooling everyone that it had dual speakers but I think that this time around Apple will actually add dual speakers… I hope I’m not wrong lol