iPhone 7 May Feature Touch-Sensitive ‘Force Touch’ Home Button

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According to analysts at Cowen and Company, iPhone 7 may feature a Force Touch Home button. The analysts cites “field checks” to back their claim. 

The report claims iPhone 7’s Home button will “sit flush with the rest of the phone,” instead of a physical Home button that has been available ever since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.

The “Force Touch” Home button will work similar to the new Force Touch trackpad that was introduced in MacBooks last year. Here’s a snippet from our article which explains how the Force Touch Trackpad works:

The Force Touch trackpad includes a Taptic engine, a linear actuator that provides haptic feedback. So when the force sensors senses a user click on the trackpad, the Taptic Engine issues haptic feedback to the user to give a feeling that he or she has pressed the trackpad, though in reality it isn’t moving at all. 

This feedback relies on a phenomenon called lateral force fields (LFFs), which can cause humans to experience vibrations as haptic ‘textures’. This can give you the feel of a ‘clickable’ surface or even depth. The Force Touch feature of the new trackpad allows you to press ‘deeper’, giving you additional levels of tapping feedback.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a touch-sensitive Home button. Back in April, a report claimed that Apple was testing a new touch-sensitive Home button for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A few days back a leaked photo of the front of the iPhone 7 sparked off speculations that the next generation iPhone will come with a touch-sensitive Home button. Apple has also filed patents for touch-sensitive Home button.

Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple will make only subtle changes in the iPhone models this year, a break from its pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years. However, there are big changes in store for the 2017 iPhone.

There have also been rumors that iPhone 7 will be waterproof, so the possibility of a “flush” touch-sensitive Home button cannot be ruled out. iPhone 8 or the 2017 iPhone is also rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display with built-in Touch ID sensor with no Home button. So a touch-sensitive Home button in 2016 would certainly be a step in that direction.

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[via Business Insider]