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iPhone 7's Secondary Speaker Holes May Be Purely Cosmetic

While multiple sources and leaked components have pointed towards iPhone 7 models having dual speakers, which could very well be the case, a new design drawing spotted by French website NWE suggests the additional holes may be purely cosmetic to give the bottom edge a symmetrical design.

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The text in the documents refers to the area that occupies the 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones as having simply a microphone and microphone mesh, with no mention of a speaker in that location. Most of the secondary holes would be non-functional, except for the one furthest to the right, which would double as a microphone.

The veracity of the photo cannot be confirmed, and the rumor conflicts with some previous reports, but at least one previous iPhone 7 design drawing has depicted the left speaker grille as ornamental. In the photos, the secondary holes are not cut all the way through except for what would be normally be the microphone hole.

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The inclusion of dual speakers or lack thereof will be known for certain in less than a month. Apple is expected to announce the tentatively named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, likely followed by pre-orders on September 9 and retail availability on September 16 in first-wave launch countries.

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43 months ago
Apple is trying to sell as many Galaxy Note 7s as much as possible
Rating: 113 Votes
43 months ago
Queue all the threads that say my left speaker doesn't work.
Rating: 73 Votes
43 months ago
So we put fake speaker holes in the bottom for looks and symmetry, and we leave the giant pimple surrounding the camera lens? LMFAO.
Rating: 63 Votes
43 months ago
Nothing new here.
Even cars have dual exhaust exits but only one with an actual exhaust pipe...

Age of the looks fellas...

Rating: 60 Votes
43 months ago

Nothing new here.
Even cars have dual exhaust exits but only one with an actual exhaust pipe...

Age of the looks fellas...


They would remove headphone jack and not replace it with NOTHING, and that's not a big deal?? APPLE HAS EVERYONE hypnotized
Rating: 37 Votes
43 months ago
oh for ****s sake
Rating: 35 Votes
43 months ago
If this is true, it seems counter to Jony Ive's overtures about a material or product needing to 'be true to itself'. There's nothing less 'true' than a purely cosmetic feature appearing to be something it isn't.

http://hypercritical.co/2013/05/03/beauty-truth-and-jony-ive
Rating: 35 Votes
43 months ago
LOL!! :p

No headphone jack and in replacement ...

Rating: 35 Votes
43 months ago
Ugh. So no 5.1 Dolby Digital surround on this new iPhone like I was hoping....
Rating: 32 Votes
43 months ago
"Most people don't really want headphone jacks anyway." - Tim Cook
Rating: 31 Votes

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