A report from Taiwanese DigiTimes claims that Apple is testing a new touch-sensitive home button for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new touch-sensitive home button will allow Apple to ditch the physical home button on its upcoming iPhone.
The report also reiterates that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be waterproof and dust proof. Multiple reports over the last few months have claimed that the upcoming iPhones from Apple will be water- and dust-proof. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung, launched the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge last month with an IP68 certification that makes them waterproof and dustproof. The Korean company managed to achieve this without introducing any ugly flaps or compromising on the design of the phone in anyway. So, it is entirely possible for Apple to add waterproofing capabilities to its upcoming iPhone as well.
The rumor about the new home button remains unclear for now. The touch based home button will presumably continue to feature Touch ID integration, though a patent from Apple indicated that the company is working on a technology that integrates the Touch ID sensor right into the display itself.
Despite not being an ‘S’ upgrade, the iPhone 7 is expected to sport modest improvements over the iPhone 6s. Reports until now claim that the handset will be 1mm thinner, with Apple ditching the 3.5mm audio jack to achieve this thinness. It is also expected to come with a new packaging technology to make this level of thinness possible. Despite the iPhone 7 being thinner, it will feature a flushed camera at its rear. The design of the handset will be slightly updated by the Cupertino company, which includes removing the ugly antenna bands from the rear of the phone.
To be honest, the changes are relatively minor and feel more like an ‘S’ upgrade to me. No wonder analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities believes that the iPhone 7 is not going to have “many attractive selling points.”[Source DigiTimes | Via MacRumors]