Even if the pictures aren’t legitimate, they serve as a hint of what the 2017 model might hold
The phone shown in the pictures includes all of the primary hardware features of the iPhone 7, and those that came before it. It has the same volume buttons, rounded rectangular design and a power switch, though that has been lengthened and extended down the side.
Perhaps the biggest change to the physical design is the long camera hole that now stretches down the phone. Apple made that camera opening a large oval for the first time with the iPhone 6s – which includes a dual lens camera setup for taking deeper pictures – but those have now been rotated so that they move down the back of the phone.
The back of the phone also doesn’t include the Apple logo that has featured on the back of every iPhone since the very first one. But that’s likely because the phone shows a prototype model – if it is real – and it’s very unlikely indeed that Apple would ever remove that branding from the phone’s physical design.
The new phone will be the same 7.1mm thinness and roughly the same physical dimensions as the iPhone 7, according to existing leaks. That’s despite suggestions that it would instead see a change in size, to accommodate the same size edge-to-edge screen but trim some space off the side of the phone.
The phone doesn’t appear to have any discernible bezel on the sides of the display. But that might be because it doesn’t have any screen inside of it at all.
There’s no guarantee that the pictures show the real phone that Apple will choose to go with, let alone whether or not the photos actually show a prototype that is being worked on at all. But they chime with many previous rumours about the handset, showing what the phone may look like even if the source itself was not legitimate.