This year’s iPhone lineup is one that could mark some big changes for Apple’s hardware, and over the past few months a series of leaks and rumors have attempted to shape our expectations for the phone. Bold moves could include dropping the phone’s analog headphone jack in favor of a digital-only audio interface, and super-charging the photography experience for Apple’s new Plus model with a dual-rear-camera setup. Some leaks have even seemed a little hard to believe at first, like imagery showing off an apparent iPhone 7 Plus with a rear iPad-Pro-style Smart Connector. Now a new publication attempts to lend support to that design, as Japan’s Mac Fan magazine runs the “iPhone Pro” schematics you see here.
That name’s interesting, as while we’ve heard the idea of a Pro-series iPhone bounded around once or twice, the consensus seems to have been that the phone pictured here, the one that gets the dual-camera hardware, would be the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. Regardless of what Apple calls the phone, the hardware elements shown here, from the rear camera cutout clearly large enough for dual sensors, to the absence of a headphone jack, to that rear Smart Connector, are a strong match for certain leaks.
With a given size of 158.22 x 77.94 x 7.3 mm, the handset we see here shares the same dimensions as the current iPhone 6s Plus. That’s very interesting, as given the scope of the changes Apple’s supposedly making, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see the handset’s size shift a bit; even the move from the 6 to the 6s involved such an adjustment.
As a result, we have to wonder if maybe this “schematic” is just taking current iPhone 6s Plus data and applying some of the features we’ve seen in other leaks; that is, is this corroboration of those leaks, or a derivative work? For now, we can’t really say.