A set of real photos of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were posted online this morning and we noticed an interesting feature on the iPhone 7 Plus. Smart connectors. Yes, it seems the iPhone 7 will have smart connectors just like the iPad Pro. This confirms the cases we covered last week are indeed for the iPhone 7 Plus.
We don’t know if Apple is changing the way it will work on the iPhone 7 Plus, but on the iPad Pro, the smart connectors allows you to provide power and data to accessories such as a keyboard (Logitech’s CREATE Keyboard or Apple’s smart keyboard) or charge the device via the connectors instead of the lightning port. One issue that has affected the success of this new technology is the lack of accessories. Many companies are not making hardware for it. Logitech which appears to be the only company excluding Apple who has accessories for it, said they had to work closely with Apple on the project. So unless Apple has solved this issue by not regulating how the smart connectors should work, it’ll just be another feature that has promising capabilities but won’t hit it off.
The images show nothing new about the iPhone 7 and have been cleverly taken to avoid disclosing the presence or absence of a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Apple will announce both phones by fall. They will be featuring faster A10 processors and start at 32GB of storage (no more 16GB).