First Look at the iPhone 7: Leaked Photos Show the Alleged Backlight Assembly
A Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw has recently shared the first photos that showcase, at least according to what is claimed by the source, the LCD backlight panel of the upcoming iPhone 7. Comparing the component to the disassembled pieces of the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, reaveals that the 3D Touch chip and LCD flex cables are relocated on this leaked part.
The source speculates that the component may belong to the next-gen 4-inch iPhone, allegedly called the iPhone 6c, that Apple is preparing to unveil shortly. However, a quick look at the pictured size of the 3D Touch chip and flex cables suggests that the backlight assembly is designed for larger than a 4-inch display.
Moreover, the presence of the 3D Touch chip contradicts previous rumors which claim the iPhone 6c lacking this functionality.
That being said, the publication has a good track record at reporting on Apple’s upcoming product plans, which gives weight to this latest report. The website has accurately leaked the iPhone 6 protruding camera lens, iPhone 6 logic board, iPad Air 2 logic board, and other multiple Apple products in the past.
Among other rumors circulating around the web, Apple may abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector. That will help the new devices achieve between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thinness and a waterproof design. Further, the smartphones will pack 3Gb of RAM to support a faster TSMC-built A10 chip with Intel 7360 LTE modem.
The next-gen iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 256GB storage option, and a larger 3,100 mAh battery if a recent report is to be believed.