Alleged image of the Apple iPhone 7 front panel reveals touch-sensitive home button?

An image, allegedly of the Apple iPhone 7 front panel, shows off something new about the home button. Instead of the physical button that iPhone users press to get back to the home screen, or to verify a fingerprint using Touch ID, a touch-sensitive button appears in its place. We can see that this button no longer sports the circular metal ring found on the handset ever since the Apple iPhone 5s was introduced.

While this new button doesn't actually depress, users will tap and hold to call for Siri, and double tap to see which apps they have open. This could be the final step before the button disappears altogether. We have heard some speculation that the 2017 iPhone will feature an edge-to-edge screen. The functions of the home button would be replaced by a certain area of the screen where users would tap to get the same tactile feedback they get from the use of a real button.

The advantage to iPhone users is that they don't have to worry about the wear and tear that can take place with the physical home button. In addition, replacing the button with a touch-sensitive one could also make Touch ID faster and smoother. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There is a possibility that the phone in this photograph is not legit, especially with the change in position of the front-facing camera and the proximity sensor.

You might want to take this story with a grain of salt.


source: Mobipicker

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16 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Same like all iPhones, but a terrible quality image! LOL

2. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

21 minutes and still no fandroids trolling this space...

13. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Because they are not interested.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is most probably will be a fake. But it's about time they should abandon those gigantic bezelsssss.

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

That's something for the 2017 iphone when Apple is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. You can expect a completely new Iphone design.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well yeah... keep dreaming about those anniversary, lol.. I know they wont deliver any anything special at their anniversary

15. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well iPhone 7 is the 10th iPhone and I don't see a reason for making a special edition all new phone just for remembering 10 years, it has to be more to that.

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Touch sensitive homebutton? Probably true, since next year's Iphone 7s/8 (10th anniversary) will come with a completely new design, with a clean front design (no home-button at all).

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I actually don't like physical buttons... There's always a possibility that they might quit working and in turn, your phone will turn into nothing but a hopeless brick! Can't say how much I love "Double tap to wake" on my Lumia 430... And I've also installed an app called "Touch and lock" which basically works as a virtual power key, just tap the tile and the phone goes to sleep...!!! Wish Android had such an app and native tap to wake support... Needless to say; I'm in love with these Touch sensitive keys and really wish to see them in the mainstream!

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

One day phones will advance to the point that even the crappiest models can take a decent looking "leak" photo... One day...

14. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That has always cracked me up...the leaked photos are the worst possible picture ever....unless they are using spy cams from the 70's

8. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

So iOS 10 requires a "press" of the home button to unlock so...... Why would they not have a button that can press? Fake

9. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Chinese Ripoff!!!

10. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Typical bs, they introduced press to scan for iOS 10, touch senstive makes no sense at all.

12. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

well yea they copied HTC with iphone 6 design and now they are taking copying to a whole new level ... for god sake in the iphone 4 and the 5 apple was really something when it came to design .. WTF happened ?

16. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well, Touch ID already is touch sensitive.

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