An image of an alleged iPhone 7 is currently floating around the Internet, via Weibo, but it’s almost certainly a fake. It looks pretty unassuming at first glance—and you might say it’s even convincing—but dig deeper and it becomes clear someone is trying to pull off another Nintendo NX-level deception.
We’ve already seen a few alleged iPhone 7 leaks ahead of the device’s September release, so it does appear some units are floating around. However, whatever Apple has planned to unveil later this year likely won’t look like the device you see above.
As 9to5Mac rightly points out, there are red flags everywhere. For one, the bottom portion of the device (where the screen meets the chin) isn’t clean; 9to5Mac circled the area in question. It’s also very pixelated, suggesting it was tampered with. We see the same level of pixelation around the home button as well, likely the result of trying to hide imperfections in the photo.
While it would be nice to see Apple introduce an iPhone 7 with an edge-to-edge display, the company might not be ready to make any serious design changes until next year. According to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing to introduce a larger 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display in 2017, along with a design similar to that of the iPhone 4.
As for what we’ll see from the iPhone 7, well, we’re not actually sure. We did get a glimpse of an alleged iPhone 7 blueprint but beyond that physical leaks have been pretty hard to come by. We also recently got our hands on a supposed iPhone 7 case, which could clue is in on some of the changes Apple is looking to make, including abandoning the 3.5mm headphone jack.
What do you think of the photo above?