Rumor: the iPhone 7 will have a flush rear camera, no antenna bands on the back

Quoting an unnamed “source who has provided reliable information in the past,” MacRumors says the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions involving cameras and the antenna bands. 

The article says the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s, will sit flush with the rear casing of the iPhone 7, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera. 

MacRumors adds that the iPhone 7’s body will see the removal of antenna bands across the rear. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain.

What about other iPhone 7 rumors?

As you’ve doubtless heard, a rumor from Japanese website Mac Otakara says that Apple has plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and instead use an all-in-one Lightning connector and Bluetooth for, respectively, audio output and wireless audio output.

Macworld UK says that the iPhone 7 is likely to get a substantial physical redesign after the largely identical iPhone 6/6s generations. The article says it's too early to know what direction Apple will pick, but it's likely to be thinner than ever. Macworld UK also predicts that:

  • Battery life in the iPhone 7 may be a little better than in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  • Higher screen resolution is a possibility.
  • A harder screen material is likely, “whether Apple manages to resurrect the 
  • 16GB will surely be phased out as the lowest storage offering. 
  • The iPhone 7 could get a USB-C port, like the new 12-inch MacBook.

Apple’s next iPhone chip may come with up to six cores, up from the two cores in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to the  Chinese social networking site Weibo. More processor cores should make it easier for the Apple smartphone to handle more data and commands simultaneously.

One rumor out of the Asian supply chain has said Apple will switch to glass-on-glass touch panels for the iPhone 7, potentially allowing for an edge-to-edge display. Other rumors predict a waterproof design, wireless charging, elimination of the Home button, a 3D screen, and/or a curved display.

(The fanciful iPhone mock-ups in this article are courtesy of Web Design Co.)