Apple's confirmation that it will be making news on Sept. 7 means that our regular iPhone 7 rumor roundups are winding down, but you didn't expect the rumors to dry up before the big day, did you?
Just this week, the following fresh scuttlebutt has surfaced, more or less confirming a couple of the most persistent rumors about the next big iOS devices:
*Mashable cites a Dutch site that posted a technical document for the iPhone 7 Plus describing "EarPods with Lightning connector," adding support to the strong rumor that Apple is ditching the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. A Lightning-to-headphone jack adapter and Lightning-to-USB cable connector are also mentioned.
*Boy Genius Report ran a headline of "The latest evidence of a 256GB iPhone 7 comes directly from Apple," based on a leaked image that possibly confirms reports that Apple will be doubling the storage capacity of its flagship smartphones this time around, starting with a 32GB model for what's expected to be the usual starting price. BGR cites a leaked photo of a supposed iPhone 7 Plus box on the site cnBeta. Apple certainly isn't discouraging online data hoarders these days, as it has updated its iCloud storage plans this week to include a 2TB tier for $20 a month.
And just to get ahead of ourselves, iPhone 8 hasn't been left out of the rumor mill this week. Apple Insider reports on a report from DigiTimes that Taiwan's Xintec looks to be in line for orders from Apple of its iris-recognition chips next year. Xintec might logically have an inside track for business with Apple given that it is affiliated with TSMC, which makes A-series chips for Apple's phones and iPads. It's unclear whether iris recognition would complement or replace the current Touch ID finterprint scanner. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 offers both types of security techniques.