Among a host of rumors about the new, yet unreleased, Apple’s iPhone 7 was that, the company might finally abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack (a standard that is almost ubiquitous in all other mobile phone models). As far as users are concerned, that change would have meant that, now, they would get their audio output either through the use of Bluetooth or Lightning.
But now some media sources (and pictures) have pointed out that such may not be the case when the new iPhone finally comes out in the later part of 2016 (more precisely around September 2016).
New leaked pictures supposedly showing the new iPhone’s components seem to suggest that Apple, after all, might not be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. Along with that, the latest iPhone (which might also get an alternate plus model at launch date) could also support dual sim card slot, which would be a first for the Cupertino company.
The dual sim card feature, if it is actually available when the iPhone 7 eventually comes out, would allow users to operate two sim cards on a single phone. The effect that two sim cards in a single phone might have on an already short iPhone battery still remains unknown and hasn’t been addressed so far.
A couple of days ago Rock Fix, a smartphone repair shop that does its business from Ganzhou city in Jiangxi province of China, posted some pictures of the new iPhone 7 series on Weibo (a popular micro-blogging network in China). The pictures showed several components which ostensibly belong to the upcoming iPhone 7 series.
One of the released pictures showed a flex cable that connected the lightning port and other pieces of the iPhone 7 to its logic board.
The more interesting part though was that, along the lightning port there was, what seemed to be, a 3.5mm headphone jack. Thus quashing earlier speculation that Apple might let go of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhone.
Many media outlets have been expecting Apple to make the iPhone 7 a bit thinner but recent news suggest that Apple might not make big alterations to iPhone’s design this year and might even go for a model that is slightly thicker than the previous iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
But then there are rumors that Apple could be saving that move for next year’s iPhone upgrade which could very well prove to be more significant. Ming Chi Kuo (KGI Securities analyst) reckons that the new device might possibly be made entirely out of glass and would be completely redesigned.
Coming back to the pictures released by Rock Fix. As mentioned before, the new photos also show component of the new iPhone that looks strikingly similar to a dual sim card slot.
If that is indeed the case then that indicates Apple’s rather serious intentions to make its foray into emerging markets like that of China and India, where Apple has consistently shown signs to expand and grow.
Rock Fix photos also showed a possible 256 GB storage model and a dual-lens camera for a future, larger model. It was also suggested that the antenna design might be overhauled in the new iPhone.
With all that said, it is probably best to take these photos (and the information provided with them) with a pinch of salt as they might not actually show genuine iPhone components. Apple’s plans for the new iPhone would probably remain shrouded in mystery until iPhone 7 is officially unveiled later this year.