A number of iPhone 7 rumors are starting to filter into the public domain, giving an insight into what Apple could unveil for the potential consumers in less than five month’s time. Apple could announce two new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus later this year, with speculations now incresaing regarding the level of ingress protection the new smartphones wull ship with and go to market. Additionally, there’s also growing speculations on both the September-bound iPhones could ship with a redesigned, flush Home button offering touch sensitivity over the traditional mechanical design.
Today, a new set of supply chain continue to speculate by all but confirming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer complete protection from water and dust. From a IP-rating perspective, it’s seems Apple’s design would conform to IP67, which is rated as dust tight and protected against immersion in water. Dustproof and waterproof may not necessarily sound like a must-have, but it’s something that iPhone owners have been requesting for.
Reportedly Apple is also testing a touch-sensitive Home button for its upcoming flagship handsets, possibly meaning the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could definitely have a flush button. Coming back to the redesigned Home button on the next-generation iPhone, we could be looking at the first time where Apple would do away with the iconic physical Home button and its mechanical function that has been present in all iPhones to date. Surrounding the Home button on futre iPhones are less consistent. There’s also the fact that Apple currently owns a patent for a malleable alloy material-based Home button that would deform slightly when accepting user input via a press, before that returning back to its usual shape.
Now that, it seems the Cupertino-based company feels that the time is right to make use of that technology in its Touch ID-enabled touch-sensitive Home button as part of a design overhaul on the next iPhone. Back in June 2015, a report claimed that the company was looking to develop new display technology with “integrated fingerprint sensors,” potentially allowing for the company to eventually do away with the iconic home buttons on iPhones.
Last month, Apple was granted a patent for a pressure-sensitive Liquidmetal home button, but it returns to its normal shape when the user removes their finger or thumb. There isn’t a great deal of evidence from additional publications, or from additional sources, to merge these predictions, but we are aware of historical reports suggesting that Apple was thinking different by removing the iconic Home button in futuristic devices in favor of a touch-sensitive option built directly into a redesigned display panel.
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