iPhone 7 Design Drawing Hints Secondary Speaker Holes Could be Solely Cosmetic

iPhone 7 dummies and alleged components that have been leaking out of Asia in the past few months have more or less consistently shown a second speaker grille to the left of the Lightning port at the bottom. Many people are convinced that the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has created space inside the device for another speaker, indicating that the next iPhone may finally have stereo sound.

The drawing was first surfaced by NWE, and suggests that the secondary speaker holes are purely cosmetic, and won’t serve an auditory purpose at all. The accompanying text, along with the drawing, reads that the area where the 3.5mm headphone jack was replaced, now only sits a microphone and a microphone mesh. There is no mention that there’s a speaker setup behind the holes. That would mean that the majority of the holes would be simply there for looks, while the hole furthest to the right would offer a microphone.

This design drawing does go against plenty of previous rumors, but, it also doesn’t seem completely impossible that Apple would make a decision like this, either.

NOTE: This article originally speculated that the left speaker grille might be “just for the looks” as the drawings didn’t appear to mention another speaker in place of the 3.5mm headphone jack. We apologize for this error, stemming from a misinterpretation of a machine-translated version of the original article in French.

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