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New High-Resolution Photos Depict Gold iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
The photos originated from mobile peripheral website Topp Ten, which claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this "Deep Blue" iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.
The two iPhones in today's images are both Gold, so any claim to the veracity of a potential Deep Blue iPhone 7 is still left unconfirmed. The photos provide direct glimpses of the iPhone's front and rear sides, although it's difficult to directly confirm if the devices have a traditional, tactile home button instead of the rumored addition of a flush, Force Touch-enabled alternative, although as dummy units they wouldn't necessarily confirm any changes to the device's functionality.
Since the 2016 iPhone update will otherwise be modest, it's believed subtle changes to the line's longest-living features, like a potential shift in how the Home Button looks and functions, could be an attractive selling point for customers.
The back of the iPhone shows off what's expected of the device at this point, namely the single-lens camera of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and the dual-lens alternative on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. Previous reports have suggested that Apple could be splitting the iPhone lineup this year into three tiers, with an "iPhone 7 Pro" housing the dual-lens camera and other top-tier features, but today's images showcase only two options.
The rear of the iPhone 7 Plus also doesn't have a Smart Connector, which was suggested earlier in the year to be a potential added-in feature on the larger model. More recently, however, it was reported that Apple has since ditched these plans, and subsequent image leaks and molds for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 have lacked the Smart Connector on the lower backside of the smartphone's casing. It was never clear what the benefits of a Smart Connector could bring to the iPhone, besides the potential possibility of fueling wireless charging or battery cases.
Otherwise, the photos back up everything else that's expected in the iPhone 7 this year: realigned antenna bands, tapered camera enclosures, and an overall design that keeps a very close resemblance to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. What's not shown directly is any side of the iPhone 7, so it can't be confirmed if the new images back up the rumored lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Still, at this point and with a steady stream of other accessory leaks and videos, that's one of the likeliest rumors out there surrounding the 2016 iPhone.
It's currently believed that Apple will hold its media event debuting the iPhone 7 on September 7, with pre-orders kicking off on September 9, and a wide launch of the smartphones on September 16.