iPhone 7 Plus prototype video reveals 3 huge changes

The iPhone 7 Plus may end up looking pretty similar to last year’s model, but Apple could still pack in sweet new features. A fresh prototype from Stuff and OnLeaks offers a detailed look at the upcoming device based on recently leaked schematics.

A quick tour of the alleged iPhone 7 Plus reveals three major changes. The headphones jack is gone, there’s a Smart Connector port, and the rear camera cutout is significantly bigger with a noticeable hump. That extra camera room seems to confirm rumors that Apple will include a pair of rear lenses for optical zoom and other photography features.

As for the Smart Connector, it’s expected to support a new generation of iPhone accessories. That could include battery packs, camera grips and external speakers, if Apple takes a modular approach like LG did with the G5. It should also make it possible to charge the device if the Lightning port is already being used by your headphones.

Stuff notes that the iPhone 7 Plus dimensions are pretty much identical to the iPhone 6s Plus, coming in at 158.22mm x 77.94mm x 7.3mm. As expected, the old antenna bands have been moved to the edges of the device for a cleaner design.

It’s also possible these new features could be limited to a third iPhone 7 Pro model. In that case, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t be much of an update, but Apple should still have a few improvements ready either way when the new lineup launches later this year.

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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...