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iPhone 7 exposed: Here’s what Apple’s future looks like

by Brandon Russell | July 25, 2016July 25, 2016 6:47 pm EST

Instead of gawking at low-resolution leaks from overseas, we got a supposed iPhone 7 dummy unit to check out for ourselves. And now we want to share it with you.

The hunk of aluminum purports to show off the device’s final design, which, as is plain to see, looks a lot like Apple’s previous two releases, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

Apparently, Apple is chucking the “tick-tock” approach in favor of a three-year release cycle, which means we won’t actually see a major iPhone redesign until 2017. As for what’s happening this year, it doesn’t appear as though much is changing. Based on the dummy unit we received, the iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6SE) will sport an improved antenna band design, larger camera, and no 3.5mm headphone jack. The dummy unit seemingly confirms rumors we’ve been hearing for months now.

If you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 won’t feel all that different, if this dummy unit is indeed representative of the device’s final design. Many of the big changes are expected to happen internally, so iPhone fans can at the very least anticipate a device that’s much zippier than previous releases. Other than that, we’re not entirely sure what the big draw will be this year—at least based on what this dummy unit tells us.

Apple will supposedly launch its new iPhone during the week of Sept. 12, so we’re not that far away from seeing the finished product. Until then, check out the video above to get a closer look at the dummy unit we have on hand, which appears to give us a pretty good idea of what the device will look like when it launches in September.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.