A new report claims that Apple arranges the proximity sensor next to the speaker differently on the iPhone 7. If true it would confirm indirectly an earlier leak.
Earlier this week we dismissed an alleged spy photo of the iPhone 7 front published by mobipicker. The report claimed that Apple changes the iPhone 7 home button to make it touch sensitive and flush with the front surface.
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The touch-sensitive home button has been in the rumor mill already for the iPhone 6. The problem with the iPhone 7 spy shot we had were the wrong sensor wholes on top that did not match an iPhone 6S. The proximity sensor moved to the side of the speaker in the leaked photo above.
Now Japanese Apple blog Macotakara reports that case makers on Alibaba do not receive orders anymore as their covers do not work on the iPhone 7 because Apple re-arranges the front sensors. The proximity sensor moves from the top to the side and becomes larger. If the above spy iPhone 7 photo is real than the top bezel becomes also narrower as the proximity sensor has been relocated to the side.
For some reason Apple also moves the front camera to the other side of the speaker compared to the iPhone 6S. See below the front sensors on an iPhone 7.
An narrower top bezel and a flat home button would actually be dramatic design changes, making the iPhone 7 more different than previously believed. Leaked CAD files of the iPhone 7 say that the measurements stay the same. This would mean the iPhone 7 has a larger screen than the iPhone 6S as the top bezel makes room.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 on September 13. See all leaked iPhone 7 parts so far.