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iPhone 7 to Feature Longer Earpiece Cutout, Relocated Ambient Light Sensor

Some minor changes are coming to the front of the iPhone 7 that will render protective LCD films made for other devices unusable on the new iPhone, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara.

According to the site, manufacturers of LCD films have stopped receiving orders as the iPhone 7 is expected to feature some front panel changes that will require new film designs.

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Mockup of what the iPhone 7 could look like, without front panel changes taken into account
Recently, some manufacturers of LCD protection films on Alibaba.com have stopped receiving orders as iPhone 7 has its proximity sensor on the front changed to the dual specification in addition to the ambient light sensor on the side moving from the left side to the right while a slightly longer receiver.
Mac Otakara also reiterates rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens camera while the iPhone 7 will feature a larger back camera, rendering existing iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases unusable with the new devices

Though only small design tweaks are expected to be seen in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, there will be enough of a design shift to require accessory makers to create new products and to require iPhone buyers to purchase new products.

Schematics and blueprints suggest the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be largely the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s, but with relocated antenna bands, better water resistance, the removal of the headphone jack, and possibly some as of yet unknown reduction in thickness. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the iPhone 7 could be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s, but case leaks and other rumors suggest more a more modest change.

The Wall Street Journal yesterday called the changes set to be introduced in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus "subtle," while Kuo has said the device will not have many "attractive selling points." Apple is eschewing a major design revamp in 2016 in order to introduce more expansive changes in the 2017 iPhone, expected to see an all glass body with an edge-to-edge display.

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10 months ago
Man, everyone is going to be so suprised when the next iPhone ships with two 3.5mm jacks.
Rating: 45 Votes
10 months ago
Earpiece for what? Phone calls?

Who even makes phone calls now?

Smh. Remove it.

/s
Rating: 25 Votes
10 months ago
Expecting an updated ambient light sensor for the True Tone display.
Rating: 14 Votes
10 months ago
Apple went from "tick-tock" to "tick-tock-tock" schedule. Disappointing. And I won't buy a phone without a 3.5mm jack anytime soon. I have $500 worth of 3.5mm connector earphones that work just fine and want none of this Lightning port stuff.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
The space for the earpiece will be longer because it's moving to a new digital proprietary Apple connector called 'VeryVeryFrightening'.

If you want to continue using your analogue ears you can, but you will need a 29.99 VeryVeryFrightening-to-analogue-speaker adapter. This may seem an odd decision at first, but it means earpiece speaker makers can produce higher quality units because it isn't relying on the built-in Apple earpiece anymore, and can now wire the audio directly into your brain, cutting out distracting background audio entirely. It will also have an open API and app store with subscriptions, so that you can stop hearing the outside world altogether and enjoy wonderful audio targeted specifically For You.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago

Apple went from "tick-tock" to "tick-tock-tock" schedule.

It went from "tick-tock" to "tick-tock-wtf?" schedule.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
I've been a Mac user since 1995. I've never owned a Windows machine or any other type of smart phone other than Apple products. This is starting to look like a good year to try some new brands and step out of the Apple ecosystem for a bit. The massive delay in the Macbook Pro, the Mac Pro and now what is looking like a significant iPhone update has left a nice gap for which to try new things! I'll probably never leave Apple for good (because I truly hate the Windows OS), but perhaps in 2016-2017 it's time to walk away from Apple for a bit and take a break.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

How can you hate windows when you just admitted to never using it?


Most bus drivers have never OWNED a bus... most airline pilots don't OWN planes.
Since he actually did NOT say that he never "used" a Windows machine; simply that he never owned one... it might be fair to assume, like in the other examples, that perhaps he worked a job where a tool was provided for use,but that the employee doesn't own, yes?
Most of us have encountered a PC at some point in our careers.
I am unsure what you do that you couldn't have sussed this out on your own; but am inclined to guess that you are basically picking apart his post in an attempt to start something or whatever... but it really was quite clear.
Everyone has used a PC; not everyone wants to own one. Make sense?
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
wake me up in september when we can watch the keynote. apple will alter the appearance...its the 7th version. they don't alter the appearance on the s models. this is not the first time we've gone through this process. the 7 will look different and have physical features that are different. the 7s will not and will have interior bumps. yes there are minor exceptions, but come on. same song and dance.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

I've been a Mac user since 1995. I've never owned a Windows machine or any other type of smart phone other than Apple products. This is starting to look like a good year to try some new brands and step out of the Apple ecosystem for a bit. The massive delay in the Macbook Pro, the Mac Pro and now what is looking like a significant iPhone update has left a nice gap for which to try new things! I'll probably never leave Apple for good (because I truly hate the Windows OS), but perhaps in 2016-2017 it's time to walk away from Apple for a bit and take a break.

How can you hate windows when you just admitted to never using it?
Rating: 3 Votes

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