Several outlets cited the Italian website Macitynet for publishing a photo of dummy models of the upcoming phone. Outlets noted metallic colors for the models and a smoother area near the main camera.
Apple could reveal the new iPhone in less than two months.
The tech giant usually reveals its next smartphone in early September so it can see out the end of the year on a high.
This year it will almost certainly be the iPhone 7 that’s revealed and the online rumour mill is going into overdrive ahead of the announcement.
Along with comments and predictions from industry analysts and the specialised tech media, there have been several supposed leaked images.
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Many show the casing or materials that are believed to be in the new smartphone.
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This latest picture appears to give us our clearest view yet of what the iPhone 7 will look like.
Emerging on Chinese social media, it shows a device that’s very similar to the current iPhone 6s , albeit with a couple of small changes.
Firstly, the camera lens is clearly bigger – which holds true to rumours the tech giant is improving the on-board snapper.
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Secondly, the lines across the back have been removed as the antenna appears to have been moved to the corners of the device.
Sadly, it’s impossible to see from the picture whether or not the headphone jack has remained in place. Its removal has been the biggest rumour surrounding the new phone and plenty of Apple fans aren’t happy with the idea of losing it.
Taking Apple’s release date history into account, it’s likely we’ll see the iPhone 7 officially revealed in September 2016.
Both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6 were revealed in September and Apple has no reason to change its strategy.
There’s also nothing wrong with taking advantage of Black Friday sales and the run up to Christmas.
If we had to be specific, we would estimate the announcement date for the iPhone 7 being on a Wednesday or a Thursday in either the first or second week of September.
The iPhone 6s announcement was held on September 9, 2015 and Apple could plan a repeat performance.
It’s unlikely that Apple’s main iPhone 7 will be any easier on the wallet than past variants.
But its launch could see Apple finally change the thing that annoys people most about the iPhone.
Rumours suggest that Apple is planning to ditch its pitifully small 16GB storage option in favour of a more generous 32GB base model.
The current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus lineup offers customers a choice of 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage options.
However, supply chain investigations by Kevin Wang, director of market research at respected analyst firm IHS Technology, suggest the iPhone 7 base model will come with with 32GB of storage.
If true, we could expect other models with larger storage – 64GB and 128GB most likely – to stick with the £619 and £699 prices.
Designer Martin Hajek has created several impressive 3D renders of what he thinks the iPhone 7 could look like.
Rather than the traditional Space Grey colour, Hajek has taken the Space Black finish from the Apple Watch and applied it to the phone.
His realistic-looking renders also show how many of the iPhone 7 rumours might look if they were implemented in a finished product.
The most persistent of which is that Apple will remove the headphone jack from the new iPhone and use the newer USB-C connection instead. There’s more on that below – read on to find out.
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Hajek has added a pair of USB-C capable headphones in one of his shots to illustrate what that may look like.
Similarly, the camera lens has been enlarged to take into account a more powerful sensor and the antenna lines have been moved from across the back to the top and bottom of the phone.
Apple’s iPhone 6s may have been a big hit for the technology giant – but it didn’t alter much when it came to design .
That could be about to change as many rumours suggest next year’s model may drop the iconic home button on the front of the gadget.
One artist, Marek Weidlich, has created an intriguing concept of what that might look like.
Weidlich has turned the entire front of the futuristic smartphone into a screen – leaving no home button or any visible bezel.
“I focused on simple design language which is very important for Apple,” Weidlich said.
“I designed a curved display without a bezel, and equipped with a software home button.”
Both Samsung and LG have embraced curvy screens with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the LG G Flex 2 respectively.
It’s unlikely Apple will follow suit but then the world’s most valuable company has frequently had a problem with bending phones .
Apple’s last two releases have been with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. This covers a broad range and the tech giant could decide to keep things as they are.
In January, the usual shadowy “supply chain sources” told a Chinese website that the 3.5 inch headphone jack will not be included on Apple’s next mobile.
Recently, these rumours have been fuelled by images of a case for the new phonethat apparently show no hole for the headphone wires.
The pictures, spotted by Nowhereelse.fr after they were published on Twitter, seem to support the rumour that Apple will ditch the headphone socket.
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There’s no hole in the case for where a headphone socket should be – instead there are just spaces for the charging port and speakers.
Of course, there’s no way of confirming the legitimacy of the case – but it serves as an interesting indicator for a potentially big design change.
Tech experts reckon that by removing the headphone socket, Apple engineers will be able to shave 1mm off the thickness of the phone.