iPhone 7 May Include Flush '3D Touch' Home Button

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Apple's iPhone 7 may not include a physical home button, instead adopting a touch-sensitive "3D Touch" home button, reports Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. Such a home button would be flush with the body of the iPhone and would not actually depress when a finger is placed on it.

Instead, when a user presses on the home button, haptic feedback will mimic a press, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's most recent MacBooks. Through haptic feedback, iPhone users will feel the sensation of pressing on a button even though there's no actual button to press.


Mac Otakara's report refers back to an April home button rumor from Stormmedia and confirms its veracity, citing unspecified supply chain sources and saying there's a "high possibility" the rumor is accurate. We've heard the same home button rumor from DigiTimes and analysts at Cowen and Company. While none of these sources have track records accurate enough to unquestioningly say the rumor is true, the fact that it's a rumor we've heard multiple times now suggests it could be accurate.

A flush home button, when combined with rumors of improved waterproofing and the removal of the headphone jack, makes some sense. Without a physical button, there would be no way for water to get into the internals of the phone around the button, and it would also potentially improve the reliability of the Touch ID system.

Based on leaked part images and dummies, the removal of the home button will not drastically change the look of the iPhone 7.

Should Apple remove the physical home button in favor of a Force Touch or 3D Touch home button in the iPhone 7, the company will be one step closer to eliminating the home button entirely, something that's rumored for the 2017 iPhone.

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Great idea. The trackpad Force Touch feedback on the MacBook feels just like a real physical click, so if a virtual home button offers the same feel on an iPhone then people won't even miss/realize it's no longer a physical button.
 

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Another step closer to a waterproof/water-resistant iPhone.

The only port that'll remain is the Lightning Connector!

We don't need the Home button thanks to iOS 10's Raise to Wake feature and we don't need the Home button to enable the App Switcher.

The only hurdle I see is how would we reset our phones. I guess you'd just apply pressure to the Home button while holding the Sleep/wake button.
 
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Useless since it will still require this redic huge tube tv like bezel

Woo Hoo! Now we can shower with our phones! Hasn't been an issue since 2007. Its practically waterproof now, other than to go swimming with it I can't really see why this is a hallmark feature.
I always shower with my Galaxy to change the music or hold it under water to clean it
 

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It's possible to make the phone waterproof and still have a button that clicks. But I guess that's the new justification for all of Apple's rumored design decisions at the moment.
 
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Step closer to that waterproof iPhone.
Add wireless charging and iTunes syncing, and it can be waterproof.

Implementing those features would enable the phone to be fully encased in a 100% seamless clear case and be completely waterproof without any seals, gaskets, or possibility of leaking.
 

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Great idea. The trackpad Force Touch feedback on the MacBook feels just like a real physical click, so if a virtual home button offers the same feel on an iPhone then people won't even miss/realize it's no longer a physical button.
Indeed, the feedback is so convincing (from playing with the new MacBook in the store), that they'll probably get some complaints (from the much wider iPhone audience) that they were sold a phone with an actual button instead of "the new one".
 
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Woo Hoo! Now we can shower with our phones! Hasn't been an issue since 2007. Its practically waterproof now, other than to go swimming with it I can't really see why this is a hallmark feature.
I think these waterproof phone comments are troll ones.

Who are these jabronis that need to submerge their phones in water? Did they see some goof at a party do it with a Sony Xperia in a water filled glass a few years ago?