According to a report rolled out early Saturday from the Japanese-based site Mac Otakara (via 9to5mac), Apple Inc (AAPL) has decided not to include a ‘Smart Connector’ to the next iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Interestingly, Apple’s Smart Connector technology, the three dots on the back of the device resembling the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector, was clearly visible in a leaked iPhone 7 prototype. Mac Otakara however, suggests Cupertino was considering adding the connector this year, but ultimately decided to drop it from the smartphone’s final design. Ever since the iPad Pro showcased its new port last year, there have been rumors that this feature could find its way into the iPhone 7.
It’s unclear if Apple was ever really considering adding the smart connector in the first place. That said, and knowing the conflicting nature of iPhone 7 rumors thus far, it’s best that they are taken with a grain of salt.
Speaking of rumors, recently a leaked schematic of the alleged iPhone 7 from Weibo, a micro-blogging site from China, revealed that the new device will indeed sport a 3.5mm analog audio headphone jack after all, and house a dual camera setup on its rear panel. Another rumor is that the iPhone 7 will be the first device to rely on Bluetooth technology for headphones and that a waterproof body will be included with the device – presumably coming this fall. In fact, earlier last year, a U.S. patent application revealed that Apple had been working on a waterproof smartphone for some time. But as mentioned, there haven’t been any other substantive rumors to back up the claims.