Most of the chatter about Apple’s upcoming iPhones is revolving around the highly anticipated OLED-based model, but fresh new images from Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, reposted by French outlet iGeneration, have depicted the rumored glass-sandwich design for the LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models.

UPDATE: yet more images via leak aggregator SlashLeaks.

Swapping the aluminum back for a glass counterpart is thought to help support inductive wireless charging without requiring holes in the rear case.

According to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, the inductive charging feature may be slightly delayed until the iOS 11.1 software update, not unlike how support for iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait mode came about one month after the handset’s release.

Unlike the OLED iPhone’s repositioned dual-lens camera, the dummies shown on the photographs depict a pair of horizontally-aligned lenses, plus a non-moving Home button and the usual top and bottom chin, like with the current iPhone 7 models.

Another benefit of using glass casings: complete removal of the antenna bands.

For the first time since the original iPhone’s debut ten years ago, Apple is expected to launch a trio of new smartphone models this year: a premium iPhone 8 device featuring a complete redesign with an edge-to-edge OLED screen, a 2.5D curved glass back, 3D sensors and more, plus updates to the existing LCD-based iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

It remains to be seen if Apple’s strategy will pay off.

I would say that these LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus devices should represent a solid alternative for those who might deem the OLED iPhone too expensive.

  • Vinnie Bones

    iPhones 7GS (G for Glass Screen)

  • MadeInNY

    In addition to making inductive charging possible. It will also be the reason for Apple to have a bump in their repair profits as the glass shatters now twice as it would if only the front were glass. We’ve been here before (iPhone 4). And to make matters worse, the rear glass is rarely as durable as the screen glass.

    If Apple wanted a phone that everyone would buy they should make an iPhone 7se. Put the power of an iPhone 7 into the size of an iPhone 5.

  • ck125

    Looks so dated with those huge bezels…

  • Jamessmooth

    Silver on the front too?? Man that thing is pretty.

  • Andrieux Querido

    So they are gonna make a 7S and an iPhone 8 so they can RAIZE the prices.. Am I Right?!

  • Bacillus

    Looks like bezel Joni and dongle Tim had long, long holidays (or were BOTH busy with trees in the park)
    If 10.000 patents didn’t make up for some improved materials in 8 years – make it perspex – (it will cost a dime and won’t ever shatter)