A highly questionable rumor from East Asia on Thursday claims Apple will replace the venerable Space Gray colorway with a new “Deep Blue” shade when it launches the next-generation iPhone this fall.
According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, which has in the past provided accurate predictions, a Chinese supplier revealed Apple’s “iPhone 7” series will be available in dark blue, silver, gold and rose gold options. Further, it is “highly likely” that Space Gray will be nixed from the lineup, the report said.
Apple introduced Space Gray alongside the iPhone 5s in 2013. The metallic color, a lighter shade of Apple’s black clad aluminum, joined a lineup of silver and gold models, which has since been expanded to include rose gold.
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Apple is expected to debut a next-generation handset this fall. Rumors and parts leaks point to a largely unchanged chassis design (with or without 3.5mm headphone jack) packing updated internals like an “A10” SoC, a 256GB storage tier and, for the larger “iPhone 7 Plus” variant, a dual-lens camera system. The phablet version might also come with 3GB of RAM for advanced photo and video processing and Apple’s new Smart Connector, though the latter is far from confirmed.
The most recent rumors suggest LG Innotek will be responsible for supplying a majority of the dual-camera modules bound for “iPhone 7 Plus,” taking over for longtime supplier Sony.
Check out these renders of what the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) are expected to look like when Apple unveils them this fall.
Created by Martin Hajek, the renderings implement some of the rumors we’ve heard over the past few months.
Both devices lose the headphone jack and feature simplified antenna bands. The iPhone 7 sports a slightly larger camera and the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual lens camera. Hajek decided to stick with a single speaker on the bottom edge of the device. There have been conflicting rumors as to whether or not Apple will equip the device with two bottom speakers for stereo audio.
Take a look at the renderings below and let us know what you think in the comments. You can hit the link for more images and to purchase 3D models of the devices and cases.