'Leaked' photo of Apple iPhone 7 Pro features dual-lens camera -- reports

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A man holds an iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, California September 25, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ALCORN
A man holds an iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, California September 25, 2015. Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn

A supposed photo of the iPhone 7 Pro (iPhone 7 Plus) surfaced online, and it may be the first real image of Apple's new smartphone. The picture shows the new phone may sport a slightly protruding dual-lens camera unit on its back.  

Chinese website Bastille Post (via MacRumors) posted the images of the iPhone Pro, revealing the design of the back panel of the upcoming phone. The supposed leaked images show a protruding dual-lens camera module in a pill-shaped enclosure. Few of the earlier renders indicated that there will be two separate camera units. However, there are also conflicting rumours if the iPhone 7, iPhone Pro or both will house dual-lens cameras.

Related: Apple iPhone 7: Concept video demonstrates dual-camera module

For the next new iPhone, Apple is believed to include optical image stabilisation, which is not present in its latest iPhone 6s. Moreover, the Cupertino-based tech giant is also expected to incorporate zoom functionality made by LinX, an Israeli camera-technology company.

Back in April 2015, Apple acquired LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. for about $20 million, which is known for its pioneering efforts in developing multi-aperture camera models for mobile devices.

In related news, recently French site NoWhereElse posted another set of images of the Apple iPhone 7. The leaked render suggests that the next-gen iPhone will be thinner than ever as it will ditch its 3.5mm headphone jack.

With the iPhone 7, the Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to bring in three significant display innovations: One, Apple is likely to consider dropping its physical Home button. Two, it could incorporate an anti-reflective coating on the display similar to what's in iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4. Three, the new iPhone could sport a high-end sapphire glass on the display, similar to the Apple Watch design.

Other speculated iPhone 7 specs include water resistance, more internal storage, a new panic button and a unique self-healing functionality. Apple is yet to confirm the iPhone 7 release date.

Related: Apple iPhone 7: 10 things to expect from Apple’s next iPhone

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