Rumors regarding the iPhone 7 have been intensifying leading up to its September unveiling. A new report claims the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will ship with a new 3D Touch Home button instead of the physical one the handset has used since 2007.
Apple just announced that it has sold its 1 billionth iPhone and it's currently preparing to launch its next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro at an event reportedly scheduled for early September. The smartphones could go on sale on Sept. 16.
While it was believed that Apple was planning to use its Smart Connector port on the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, as evidenced by numerous leaked images, we recently reported Apple has supposedly canceled the feature ahead of its release.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will feature a design very reminiscent of that of the current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new handsets will drop the irritating antenna bands that ran across the rear cases of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and they will instead run along the top and bottom of both handsets. Images of what is supposedly the gold iPhone 7 leaked recently and back up these claims, in addition to larger cameras on both models.
Now, a new report claims Apple is planning to introduce a new 3D Touch Home button when it launches the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, using the company's Force Touch haptic technology already found in Macs, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
The new 3D Touch Home button is believed to work in a similar manner to how the feature works on Apple's other products, responding based on a user's pressure sensitivity and allowing different actions to be performed. If true, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro would be the first iOS devices to ship without a physical home button. The inclusion of the non-moving part also hints at possiboly the first waterproof iPhones from Apple.
Touch ID is expected to work as it always has and would be embedded into the handset's display.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will reportedly feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch retina displays and upgraded cameras, with the larger model receiving a dual-lens setup. Speed increases are expected with Apple's new A10 processors and some reports claim the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will ship with 3 GB of RAM due to its advanced camera system. Rumors also claim the handsets will include waterproof cases, similar to those of Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
As always, it's best to take unconfirmed iPhone reports with a grain of salt. We'll update you on any new details as they happen.