Alleged 'iPhone 7' chassis shows symmetrical speakers, lacks 3.5mm headphone jack
Yet another leaked "iPhone 7" part suggests that Apple will use the space previously occupied by the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack to feature a symmetrical speaker design at the bottom of the device.
Photos of an alleged "iPhone 7" gold chassis were published this week by Nowhereelse.fr, showing yet another component without a legacy headphone jack. In its place to the left of the Lightning port, the part appears to show a series of six holes for a speaker, matching the six holes on the right side.
In the current iPhone 6s design, just one identically-sized opening is found to the left of the Lightning port, serving as the microphone input.
If the newly leaked chassis is legitimate, it's likely that one of the six holes could serve as a microphone input, with the remaining five offering louder sound with additional speaker outputs. Or, perhaps all six holes on the left side could be a microphone input. Either way, the matching six holes on each side allow for a symmetrical appearance.
Two holes closer to the Lightning port likely serve as screws for disassembling the device, as they have with past models.
In another photo, the chassis shows a hole for a single camera lens, along with the traditional accompanying rear microphone and camera flash.
The camera hole also appears to be protruding, with the metal itself around the hole raised. That would be a tweak from the current iPhone 6s design, where the metal is flat but the lens itself protrudes.
If the part is authentic and previous leaks prove accurate, it's likely that the chassis is from Apple's forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone update. It's believed that a new dual-lens design, along with 3 gigabytes of RAM for image processing, will be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch Plus model.
All is expected to be revealed in September, when Apple is likely to hold a media event to announce its next-generation iPhone.