Recently several rumors have arisen claiming that the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 will feature a Home button that uses haptic feedback to simulate a click. Rumors claimed that the feature would use the same mechanism as Force Touch. Analysts from Cowen and Company have corroborated this. The analysts report that the upcoming iPhone will sport a Force Touch Home button that will be flush with the rest of the smartphone. This home button will offer a cleaner design, and eliminate one physical part that had the risk of failing. The physical Home button on the iPhone has always been a nuisance for iPhone users because it would occasionally fail because of excessive use.
Similarly, to the trackpad on latest MacBooks, a Force Touch Home button would provide a haptic feedback sensation that would make users believe the Home button had been clicked. One issue that has arisen due the switch from a physical home button to a Force Touch is resetting the phone. Current iPhones can be reset by holding the Home button and power button at the same time. Since the Home button is turning into a software-esque button, a new way would have to be designed, to reset the device.
Additionally, the analysts are claiming the new iPhone 7 will feature a waterproof design. The analysts also believe the upcoming iPhone will eliminate the headphone jack,the ditching of the headphone jack has been rumored for a while now and it has also been corroborated many times since then. The headphone will now be connected via the lightning connector. Rumors are that Apple is ditching the beloved jack in order to make more space in the device. It was also reported yesterday that the Apple iPhone 7 will be available in a new Space Black finish, similar to the Apple Watch. This rumor also seems to dismiss previous reports claiming the device would be available in a deep blue color.
Since the Force touch rumor has been corroborated by Cowen and Company, and also quoted by the Business Insider it looks to be legit.What are your thoughts about these rumors? Are you looking forward to the upcoming iPhone 7?