iPhone 7 Tipped to Sport Force Touch Home Button

iPhone 7 Tipped to Sport Force Touch Home Button
Highlights
  • The iPhone 7 is expected in September
  • New reports tip use of a Force Touch Home Button
  • The smartphone is expected to be waterproof

As the launch date nears, the iPhone 7 is being subjected to leaks every single day. Today, we get more information on the changes that the Home button is expected to undergo. Apple may be changing the home button on this year's iPhone, in favour of a new button that will sit flush with the rest smartphone.

The iPhone 7 Home Button is expected to use haptic feedback, instead of the physically pressed inwards button seen on previous versions. Business Insider reports that the iPhone 7 will have a 'Force Touch Home Button' which will understand the amount of pressure put on it, and act accordingly.

The report cites analysts at Cowen and Company, who did their 'field research' before making these claims. "Instead of a physical mechanism, Apple will use its Force Touch technology and a motor inside the iPhone to provide the sensation that the button is being physically depressed," the report reads.

Apple is also rumoured to design next year's iPhone to look like a single sheet of glass, and this move is just to get users adjusted to that change. While the physical home button is comforting, it does bring along a lot of hardware problems for Apple. It is one of the most common reported failure points in an iPhone, and it makes good sense for Apple to replace it with a flush button that sits on the same level as the rest of the smartphone.

The analysts also cater to the 3.5mm headphone jack removal rumour, and claim that it will finally be removed from the iPhone 7. If this is true, then the iPhone 7 may just be 1mm thinner than its predecessor. According to them, the next Apple smartphone offering is expected to be waterproof as well - something both the removal of the headphone jack and the new home button will help achieve.

(Also see: iPhone 7 Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours)

In any case, Apple is pegged to unveil the iPhone 7 in September. It is projected to come in three variants; with a dual camera setup, 3GB RAM and a Smart Connector exclusive to the large variant. There is also an expected Space Black colour variant, replacing the age old Space Gray colour option. The Cupertino giant will do minimal design tweaks to the next offering, and will keep all the big goodies for its decade anniversary next year.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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