Alleged Leaked Image of iPhone 7 Shows Touch-Sensitive Home Button

Photos have emerged online purporting to show the front of an iPhone 7 with a touch-sensitive home button flush with the front of the handset.

Ever since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple's handsets have featured a physical button that users press to return to the home screen, and press and hold for other functions.

But photos passed to mobile tech site mobipicker.com appear to suggest that may no longer be the case for future iPhones.

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The white handset in the image above appears to be missing the silver metal ring around the button that has been included in similarly colored iPhone handsets since the iPhone 5s and the introduction of Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

According to the website's source, the button is level with the rest of the bezel and does not depress like a traditional clickable button. Instead, the button is said to be touch-sensitive, requiring users to perform taps, or tap-hold actions for functions like invoking Siri.

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The handset in the photo also appears to have slightly narrower bezels and a repositioned front-facing camera and proximity sensor compared to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

As is often the case, the latest alleged leak cannot be verified. However, some reports have suggested that Apple has been testing a touch-sensitive home button for its upcoming flagship handset.

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In March, Apple was also granted a patent for a pressure-sensitive Liquidmetal home button that deforms slightly when pressed, but returns to its normal shape when the user removes their finger or thumb. Apple has annually renewed its exclusive rights to use the malleable alloy since 2010, but has yet to do so in a major way.

Other features rumored to be exclusive to the iPhone 7 and/or iPhone 7 Plus models include a Smart Connector, dual-lens cameras, no 3.5mm headphone jack, repositioned antenna bands, stereo speakers, wireless charging, and a larger battery, but Apple may hold off on some features until its next iPhone with OLED in 2017.

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37 months ago
very blurry, very lousy photo quality. this is most definitely legit.
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37 months ago

This looks fake to me... The upper bezel seems so weird.

xiaomi?

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37 months ago
The "proximity sensor above speaker" design present on almost every iPhone to date is a design hallmark that I would consider comparable to that of the iPod's click wheel. This just looks wrong.
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37 months ago

But what's the advantage?


One step forward towards fully waterproofing the iPhone (along with wireless audio and smart connector)
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37 months ago
Mr BluryCam, we meet again.
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37 months ago
But is it thinner??

I want a complete redesign. 6 and 6s are so ugly.
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37 months ago
Home Buttons? Whatever next? Waterproofing? Curved screens? OLED displays? Can Apple be the first to bring that to mobile phones too? If so, then competition had better look out, readers.

(PS:: I've been on another planet for last two years so if any other manufacturer has brought those out since then please disregard my last comment)
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37 months ago
The circle thickness in those two different images are completely different. Are they supposed to be of the same handset?
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37 months ago
How does it function without the click?

-tap = closing apps
-double tap = multitasking
-triple tap = accessibility menu

How do I authenticate with Touch ID in apps if one tap closes the app? How do I pull the interface down for one hand use if double tap is then multitasking?
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37 months ago
I don't think the "touch sensitive" middle step for the home button is necessary / a real step forward. The home button needs to go for good, freeing the bezel space for more screen size at the same form factor or same screen size at a smaller one. Hopefully this will be possible soon. (Integrating Touch ID into the display and/or use 3D Touch for navigating back to the home screen.)
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