Images of New Apple iPhone 7 Leaked
Leaked photographs of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in gold have been revealed by a European website.
The pictures do not offer any shots of the bottom of the phone, where Apple is expected to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. Nor do the photos elucidate whether the phone will be called the “iPhone 7” or “iPhone 6se”.
Contrary to some rumours, the front of the phone looks the same as the iPhone 6s, with the device maintaining the switch-like Touch ID home button.
Insiders are also reporting that Apple is set to move to a new processor platform which could be even more powerful than the high-speed iPad Pro, according to tests leaked in China.
Pictures of the new chip didn’t reveal any features of the new chip, but separate leaked screenshots suggest the iPhone 7 could be up to 50 per cent faster than the current model, with 3GB of RAM and a 2.37GHz processor.
Some analysts have also suggested that Apple is set to introduce a new glass body iPhone.
The Daily Telegraph in the UK said that will Apple moved away from a glass body for its flagship phones when it launched the iPhone 5 back in 2012, which had a metal back. But now the company is reportedly looking to reintroduce the glass chassis to the handset.
One of the manufacturing companies Apple works closely with has been developing an all-glass case for smartphones that is anticipated to be the shell of next year’s iPhone.
Foxconn, whose main customer is Apple, has spent the last year designing the glass body, according to Nikkei, which could be used in the 10-year anniversary edition of the iPhone, due to be released in 2017.
The company is a key supplier of metal bodies for the iPhone 6s Plus and SE, as well as the anticipated iPhone 7 Plus. It shares orders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 with Catcher Technology and Jabi.
The news lends some credibility to rumours that the 2017 iPhone will have an all-glass shell and OLED display.
Last night Foxconn, reported a 31% decline in second-quarter net profit as iPhone sales fell in a maturing smartphone market.
Foxconn said net profit for the three months ended June 30 fell to US$566 million.
After years of rapid growth, Apple posted a decline in profit in its last two quarterly results, as iPhone sales are crimped by competition from Chinese brands and growing market saturation.
Foxconn’s results didn’t include the Sharp acquisition.
Foxconn isn’t the only Apple supplier that has taken a hit from slowing iPhone sales.
Sharp last month reported a net loss of ¥27.5 billion $266 million for its fiscal first quarter because of sluggish sales of its display panels.
Earlier this week, Japan Display Inc. said it lost about $115 million in the April-June quarter and turned to its top shareholder, the government-backed Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, for support.