Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:
Schematics featuring the dual-camera 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or
“Pro” that’s set to launch in the fall of 2016 have been published
in the June issue of Japanese magazine MacFan, reiterating many of
the design details that have been previously rumored for the
Also depicted in the schematic is the dual camera setup that’s
rumored for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, a Smart Connector, and the
absence of a headphone jack. Apple is planning to remove the
headphone jack in its 2016 devices, with headphones instead
connecting via Lightning or Bluetooth. Though some rumors have
suggested the iPhone 7 will include stereo speakers, the design
drawing features a single speaker.
I’ve ignored the rumors about a Smart Connector on the next iPhone until now. But now there’s enough smoke for me to wonder about it. If it’s true, what would it be used for? The iPad Pro Smart Connectors seem perfectly suited to the purpose of attaching keyboards. Is that what this is for on the iPhone? Maybe a magnetic charger, similar to (but incompatible with) that of the Apple Watch? I’m stumped on this one.
Update: Best ideas so far:
A battery case that uses this connector could be thinner and simpler (no “chin”). The problem I see with this idea is that they’d have to announce the battery cases along with the new iPhones, which would open Apple to accusations that the built-in batteries are too small and “need” $80 battery cases. I think the quiet November debut of the iPhone 6S Smart Battery Case was planned. But maybe now that they’ve broken the ice on first-party battery cases, it’s not a marketing problem to introduce better ones?
If the new iPhone charges via this magnetic connector, it would allow you to charge the device while using the Lightning port for your headphones. Or vice-versa: maybe we’ll see Smart Connector headphones?
Cases with camera peripherals, like external microphones and lenses? Or a waterproof “camera case”?
★ Wednesday, 27 April 2016