iPhone 7S Plus pictured with glass back may hint at wireless charging


Most iPhone leaks this year have been focused on the top-end iPhone 8, but we’re expecting a pair of other, more affordable handsets to launch alongside it, known for now as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, and a dummy version of the latter of them has just been caught on camera.

Images sent to 9to5Mac by known leaker Sonny Dickson show a phone with a shiny glass back, in place of the metal one found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

It’s a change that’s also seemingly allowed Apple to ditch the antenna bands, as a signal can pass through glass, so there’s no need for them.

It’s also easier to charge wirelessly through a glass chassis than an aluminum one, and wireless charging has long been rumored for all three upcoming iPhone models, so a move to glass would make sense.

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A leaked image supposedly showing the glass-backed iPhone 7S Plus. Image credit: Sonny Dickson
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The glass on the iPhone 7S Plus appears shiny and reflective. Image credit: Sonny Dickson
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The iPhone 7S Plus appears to have the same ports as the 7 Plus. Image credit: Sonny Dickson

New material, same design

Those changes aside, this iPhone 7S Plus dummy doesn’t look much different to the iPhone 7 Plus. The overall shape looks much the same and it has a metal frame, a dual-lens camera and seemingly the same selection of ports and buttons.

The 7S Plus isn’t shown from the front but we wouldn’t expect much change there either – the iPhone 8 is rumored to be ditching the home button in favor of building the fingerprint scanner into the screen, but that change isn’t likely to filter down to the lower-end models, and the display itself will probably stay at 5.5 inches.

Although we’re only seeing the iPhone 7S Plus (or whatever it ends up being called) here, it’s likely that the iPhone 7S will have the same glass design, but probably just with a single lens camera, given that the iPhone 7 only has one rear snapper.

All should become clear soon, as all of this year’s iPhone models are likely to be announced in September.