New alleged 'iPhone 7' display photo conflicts with recent rumors

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Another "iPhone 7" parts leak photo has cropped up, but the image of the display assembly does not match recent leaks, with it reiterating rumors of display design feature alterations consistent with advanced light and proximity sensors.

The front panel shown in the most recent photo found on social media venue Weibo does not match the iPhone 6s, nor does it come close to the set of photos and video purportedly of a functional device earlier on Thursday.

Notable differences are two sensor cutouts, versus one on the iPhone 6 family. More ambient sensor penetrations in the screen facing support earlier rumors from June of a "dual specification" in the new device, at least in part. The earlier rumors had discrete emitter and receiver light and proximity sensor components, that bracketed the phone speaker to the left and to the right.

A significantly wider speaker cutout is shown on the newest picture than is seen on the iPhone 6 or any previous case mockups of the postulated iPhone 7. This is also similar, but not identical, to the June report.

Proportionately, the areas of bezel surrounding the screen are the same as found on the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as what can be gleaned from the previously presented mockups and photos revealed on Thursday said to be of the iPhone 7.

Regardless of what it looks like or what it is called, Apple is expected to debut a new iPhone at some point in September. A recent rumor pegs preorders for the device commencing on Sept. 9 shortly after a launch event, with shipments beginning later in September.