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iPhone 7 release nears as production begins on 3 models

by Jacob Kleinman | May 16, 2016May 16, 2016 11:30 am PST

We had an alleged look at the iPhone 7 earlier today and, now, a new report claims production has officially started on several variants of Apple’s new flagship phone.

The iPhone 7 is already being assembled at Foxconn and Pegatron factories, according to MobiPicker and an anonymous tipster. The leaker also offered up a screenshot, which appears to confirm three different versions of the new smartphone. There’s the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with a third high-end model that could be called the iPhone Pro or iPhone 7 Plus Premium.

The alleged third model could be used to introduce a few exciting new features. That might include dual rear cameras with optical zooming. It’s also rumored to offer a Smart Connector port like the one on the iPad Pro.

Overall, the iPhone 7 isn’t expected to offer a major design overhaul from last year’s model. Apple’s apparently saving some huge changes for 2017, when it allegedly plans to unleash a bezel-less smartphone with the home button and front-facing camera built into the display.

In the short term, the company could still offer a few interesting features with the iPhone 7 Pro. That’s assuming this latest rumor is true, though, and we’d treat these claims with suspicion for now.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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