Apple Inc. might release three iPhone 7 models this fall, according to new images posted on French site Nowherelse.fr on Chinese blog Weibo. According to a report published on Mashable, Apple could release two new models and an iPhone 7 Pro version with the rumored dual rear cameras, three-dot smart connector presumably for connecting accessories and possibly better specs. As we reported earlier, Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 7 in September.
The leaked photos, which are unconfirmed, allegedly show off the front and back of three iPhone 7 models. There is a regular version, a Plus edition and a new Pro model. The regular iPhone 7 would have a 4.7-inch screen, while the Plus and Pro models would be equipped with a 5.5-inch display, CNET reported.
Earlier, the rumors mill said that Apple will release four new models this year. In addition to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, a third new model will also make a debut at the company’s September event. While the fourth model will arrive later this year. Mobipicker website reported that Apple will launch three models, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro.
Rumors suggest that the third model’s camera technology will be dissimilar to what the company offer in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Apple Inc. is worried about the declining iPhone sales. The U.S. tech giant sold 51.2 million smartphones during the second quarter, versus 61.2 million in the same period a year ago. In China, the company’s most important market after the United States, sales were dropped by more than a quarter. Releasing three new models might help the company boosting its sales.
Additionally, there are rumors that Apple is planning to launch a completely re-designed smartphones in 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of iPhones.
iPhone 7 Design
The rumors mill is saying that Apple may launch its new iPhone with a dual-rear camera. Leaked images show the dual-rear camera setup, according to a report published on Digit.
Rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 will have a curved design panel, which is unlikely. Rumors also suggesting that the iPhone 7 may have a ceramic back (like the One Plus X), which would make wireless charging easier to integrate in the phone.
There would be no antenna stripes at the back, and would remain at the top, bottom, and sides of the smartphone. It is also highly likely that the iPhone 7 will be available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold colors.
Chinese website Bastille Post leaked an image of the iPhone 7, which shows the phone would have a smart connector like the iPad Pro.
Raymond James Analyst Tavis McCourt is speculating that Apple may not launch the iPhone 7 in 2016. The U.S. tech giant usually reveals its smartphone in early September with sales following one week later. McCourt said that the iPhone 7 may arrive earlier next year.
Shares of Apple Inc. were up 0.04% during the pre-market trading. The stock has lost nearly 7% year-to-date and 22.95% during the past 12 months.