If newly leaked photographs are accurate then Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 may feature dual-SIM capability and this is one story. Another speculation is that generally accepted as a foregone conclusion that next-generation iPhone will hit physical and digital shelves without the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack, said that Apple will rather reinventing the current EarPods accessory to better match an iPhone that doesn’t accept the standard 3.5mm input. Coming out of a Chinese smartphone repair shop called Rock Fix, and been shared on social networking site Weibo and Mac Otakara.
First of all taking the photos, which appears to show a dual-SIM capable tray that may be destined for the iPhone 7, was accompanied by images that purport to show a 256GB memory module, Lightning port and headphone jack fixings. There are equally few reasons to doubt their legitimacy apart from their seemingly sketchy providence.
Many Android smartphone makers, especially in China and India, produce devices that are capable of handling two SIM cards at once. If Apple is indeed working to bring the similar dual-SIM iPhone to market, it will be in good company. Users would be able to use their business SIM in iPhone without having to pop their personal SIM out first. Theoretically, people have one SIM dedicated to 4G data use which higher caps than traditional smartphone carriers, for instance.
Advantages are numerous to having multiple SIM cards in use at any one time rather than simply swapping cards out, for example, travelling and this is one particular time when Apple’s own SIM cards would be of no benefit. If roaming is still your main reason for wanting an Apple SIM, though, this option is purely better one.
Here’s what the leaked images for iPhone 7 modules look like:
Secondly, it’s now being reported that Apple could launch the iPhone 7 bundled with the same EarPods that shipped with the iPhone 6s, predecessor. But with the inclusion of a 3.5mm jack of Lightning adapter to offer compatibility with the new device.
There’s been discussion about potential solutions to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Now that some analysts claiming about Apple’s plans have suggested that the iPhone 7 would ship with a set of Lightning-enabled EarPods that would utilize the existing Lightning port for audio. Other insiders made more far-fetched suggestion that Apple could be working on a set of fully-wireless, Bluetooth-enabled EarPods that would be boxed with the iPhone 7 as the new standard music accessory.
If the oft-mentioned report is accurate, then it looks as if both of those ideas could be false. As per the report citing unnamed sources from the ComputerX Taipei 2016 conference, meaning that it’s largely impossible to verify the validity of the claims as fact, but nevertheless as unlikely as it seems, which is not beyond the realms of possibility:
At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adapters, and it seems there has been rumors that the headphones to be included with the new iPhone 7 series will still come with its own headphone jack as usual, and that a Lightning headphone jack adapter will also be included in the package.
If Apple does decide to ship the iPhone 7 with a 3.5mm jacj to Lightning adapter it’s be interesting to see how consumers react to the inclusion. But then again, this particular adapter will allow users to plug in any exiting wired headphones they had been using with their iPhone prior to the arrival of the iPhone 7. Featuring a dual-SIM option or not, the device is already looking like it may have more going on under the hood than its apparent minimal redesign would let on.
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