New Apple hardware is always reason to get excited, and even if something like the iPhone SE isn’t your particular cup of tea, you can rest assured that Apple’s going to sell its latest handset by the boatload. Much like the rumors about Apple’s next-gen Apple Watch, we’ve been checking out a lot of new iPhone rumors lately, and just as many of those smartwatch details are up in the air between this year’s and next year’s model, there’s been a lot of controversy over which changes might land in time for this year’s iPhone 7, and which might take until 2017 to arrive. Things like an OLED screen might still be further off, but a new report attempts to zero in on a few upgrades that could be ready for the iPhone 7 this fall, including an evolving home button.
We’ve heard before that Apple’s up to something with its smartphone home button, and we could soon be about to see the biggest change since the arrival of Touch ID. Could Apple be planning to drop the button entirely, replicating its functionality with a combination of 3D Touch and a fingerprint scanner embedded within the phone’s display?
This new report doesn’t explicitly comment on a lot of those theories, but it does mention one detail that fits quite nicely with them: electronic haptic feedback for the home button. Such a feature would sure seem to suggest that we’re losing the physical “clicky” button.
In addition to that home button change, the report claims that Apple is working to waterproof and dustproof the iPhone 7. Those are theories we’ve heard before, but with the phone’s launch now looming just over the horizon, their resurfacing has us reconsidering the likelihood of Apple following through.