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Leaked iPhone SE & iPhone 7 Cases Support Rumors

The upcoming iPhone SE which will be revealed at Apple’s event on March 21st and the iPhone 7 are both the subject of numerous rumors. As it was the case with most of the recent models, Chinese accessory manufacturers have either been provided with or are estimating the form factors and features for both devices. Leaked cases appear to confirm several rumors, such as the omission of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and the practically identical size of the iPhone SE when compared to the iPhone 5s.

Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy recently previewed purportedly leaked iPhone cases for the upcoming models on his YouTube channel. As we can see in the video, the iPhone 5 fits rather snugly into the alleged iPhone SE case, with the notable exception of the volume buttons on the side of the device. We can only speculate on the reason for this slight discrepancy, but suspect that the SE will reflect the rounded edges of the iPhone 6 or 6s in its design details. Our colleagues at 9to5mac however claim that the iPhone SE will come with a more edged and angular design á la iPhone 5s.

iPhone 7: Dual-Camera and no headphone jack?

The iPhone 6s fits almost perfectly into the purported iPhone 7 case, suggesting a very similar design and form factor. What is rather striking, is that the camera hole in the case is both sized differently and positioned differently. Could this be pointing to a dual-camera solution, even on the smaller model? We had expected Apple to release a dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5-inch diagonal, but stick with a more traditional setup on the regularly sized device. It in fact appears to be a hole that is suited for a bigger lens and more powerful setup, but probably a single-lens module. The openings at the bottom of the case suggest stereo speakers, by the way. And the case proves to be yet another decent hint at a disappearing headphone jack that will be relieved by a passthrough function on the Lightning port.

In terms of the iPhone 7 release date: We’ll have to wait until September, unless Apple deviates from its traditional schedule. The Apple Keynote on the 21st of March will be “looping us in” on the iPhone SE and additional products, you can actually follow along with the demo using your iDevice, Mac or Windows PC and the Apple TV 4.