Apple iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive home button is really an Android copycat

You might recall that just yesterday we showed you a picture of what was alleged to be the front panel of the Apple iPhone 7, sporting a touch-sensitive home button. It made sense that Apple would look to offer a way to lessen the wear and tear on the button which is not only used to navigate the handset, but also handles fingerprint scanning via Touch ID. There is also speculation that the 2017 iPhone will have an edge-to-edge display with Touch ID built into the screen. Changing the home button from a physical component to a touch-sensitive one seemed to be a valid transitioning step.

As it turns out, there will be no touch-sensitive home button on the iPhone 7 (at least as far as we know). As it turns out, the phone pictured in the story is reportedly an upcoming Android handset made to resemble the iOS powered iPhone. As you can see from a different photo of the unit, it actually has a USB port for charging on the top of the phone.

For those traditionalists who hate change, this is probably good news. If you fit in the latter category, no doubt you already did a victory dance over the rumor that there will be no dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro. But don't get too smug because there still is the possibility that the next iteration of the iPhone will launch without an earphone jack.

Thanks for the tip!


Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Who would have thought, LOL.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Can we count people that buy these clones as part of Apple marketshare. I mean these people seem to want an iPhone so they buy the closest thing to an iPhone. I bet you Asian markets are full of these iPhone clones... Just a thought...


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What did Apple invent btw? Not much 99% of the iphone is copied!

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be ignorant. Android has copied things before. Btw, Google didn't create Android. They actually bought it.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They all take things from each other, and that's not a problem. It's how tech advances. Even the original iPhone was built on a foundation of other devices. The difference is Google doesn't run around crying they're the designer for the world, suing over stolen and obvious patents they pushed through the inept USPTO and vowing to go nuclear.

12. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

funniest was patent of slide to unlock

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"X didn't create it, it bought it" as some sort of insult never made sense to me. Guess what: companies don't create ANYTHING. PEOPLE do. Apple didn't create the iPhone, it employed people that did. How? BY SPENDING MONEY ON THEM.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

Large portion of the iphone is bought. What's your point?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like Apple bought OS X? because they didn't create it. Oh and NextStep OS was based off 2 Linux variants that Steve Jobs didn't originate. Since you are stating the obvious, I thought I would too.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Figured there would be some complaining because of the truth.

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So who's your favourite brand? I presume they won't ever have copied anything...

4. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Poor Apple. Lost the battle of innovation.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, boy. This ought to be good.

10. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I can't believe I'm reading stuff like this on PA :D

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The title could've been better, it is semi-misleading

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I was misled completely so I'd say it is completely-misleading. Gotta get them clicks!

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm pretty sure 90% of the comments so far are from people who think the title means Apple copied an Android phone. Great title. I could be wrong though.

21. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I thought PA admitted that iPhone copied something from android using the word "copycat", but I was wrong. PA thinks that "copycat" is an extremely great insult to the great apple.

23. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'd actually like a touch sensitive button.. like the good ol' HTC Desire

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