Apple is slated to unveil the next-gen iPhone 7 smartphone in September, and now rumor has it that the handset will indeed come with a pressure-sensitive home button (instead of a physical click) and a dual-lens camera system, and without the standard headphone jack.
The confirmation comes courtesy of a Bloomberg report that cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter and reveals that the iPhone 7 and its bigger sibling the iPhone 7 Plus will sport a similar design as that of predecessors iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
"The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with haptic feedback and the removal of the devices' headphone jack, said the people, who didn't want to be identified discussing unannounced features," revealed the publication.
This is not the first time murmurs pertaining to these features have surfaced online.
Earlier in June, an alleged image of the iPhone 7 showing off the front panel of the upcoming handset leaked online courtesy of publication MobiPicker.
The leaked image hinted at a tweaked home button, which appeared flat and suggested that Apple was poised to house a pressure-sensitive button. However, the images were blurred and the authenticity could not be established.
We also reported that the iPhone 7 could come with a Force Touch home button as forecasted by analysts from Cowen and Company. The physical home button would essentially be replaced by one that deployed the company's Force Touch tech.
The pressure-sensitive home button would respond to haptic feedback vis-à-vis a physical click. This mechanism will be akin to the one found on the new MacBook lineup, according to Bloomberg's sources.
The current report also shares that while the design sensibilities for the iPhone 7 will be the same with its predecessor, the handset will benefit from minor tweaks. A notable change will be that Apple is set to discard the two innermost antenna lines, which can be espied on the rear of the present-gen iPhones.
The publication also confirms previous assertions of the iPhone 7 coming sans a headphone jack. Instead, Apple will be pushing Lightning and Bluetooth-supported headphones. The removal of the jack will apparently enable the company to introduce another speaker into the device, which will enhance the volume and sound quality of the handset's speaker system.
With regard to the dual-camera lens system — a feature rumored previously as well — the report reveals that the two sensors will have the capability to capture colors in a different way.
They will also be able to shoot pictures in tandem with each other, which can be merged to create a single image. Thanks to these features of the dual-camera lens, the detailing and brightness of the photos will get enhanced manifold. Moreover, it will also improve the quality of images shot in low-light conditions.
Whether these features will actually see the light of day when the iPhone 7 launches this year is anybody's guess. As always, we'll keep you posted.