Rumor: Apple will replace the physical home button on iPhone 7 with a clickable capacitive one

Rumor: Apple will replace the physical home button on iPhone 7 with a clickable capacitive one
According to Japan's Macotakara blog, Apple is replacing the physical Touch ID home button with a capacitive button for the Apple iPhone 7. The button will give users the sensation of clicking on a real button similar to the trackpad on the latest Apple Macbooks. A set of electromagnets is employed for this task, and when they vibrate it creates the clicking sensation.

This rumor is similar to one about the 2017 iPhone that calls for Apple to move the Touch ID home button to the screen. A certain portion of the display would be allocated for the feature, allowing users to verify their fingerprint by tapping on that portion of the glass. Touch ID would be embedded inside the screen. By doing this, Apple would be able to offer a bezel-less edge-to-edge display.

The Japanese based blog also confirmed earlier rumors about a Space Black color option for this year's iPhone models. Other changes expected include the removal of the 3.5mm earphone jack (which will be replaced by another set of speaker grilles on the bottom of the unit), and a larger rear camera lens. In addition, Apple has moved those HTC-esque antenna lines on the back of the phone to the upper and lower edges of the handset. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus could have a dual camera setup in back with a second 12MP lens providing optical zooming capabilities.

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus could be unveiled on September 12th with the launch taking place four days later.

source: Macotakara (Translated) via Playfuldroid

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79 Comments

2. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is something i was expecting in smartphone to replace instead screen scroll. Meizu did similar to this but am sure Apple does it well.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What makes you sure that Apple does it well? Just curious.

11. Unordinary unregistered

Because its on my Macbook and its f**king amazing

18. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

The only business model for Apple is narcissism. Its true. And for what its worth, the only “geniuses” that work for Apple are the members of their marketing team, because holy hell, we all know that the best way to sell a product in this day and age, especially to Americans, is to patronize their self-righteous beliefs. There are only 2 types of people that buy a Mac: 1) Wannabe nerdy-types that are trying to prove how knowledgeable they are about everything in the tech world 2) Wannabe hipster-types that are trying to prove how knowledgeable (read: trendy and/or “not trendy”) they are about everything in general Either way, people who are confident enough in their knowledge, self-image, and skills rarely find it necessary (or justifiable) to buy one of these disgustingly over-priced machines. Which brings us to…

50. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How about 3) people that know that a 3-4 year old notebook is going to function just as well as it did the first day (not to mention that the Air is hard to beat in mobility department: weight and usage time)?

44. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

+1 to this, it felt like magic when I tried one. Too bad the macbook itself is bad, would love to see that tech on the Pro.

57. Unordinary unregistered

It is on the Pro

58. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not on the 15" version though (as per many sites only 12" and 13" have it). Maybe the 15" (2016) will get it.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What makes you sure that Apple does it well? Just curious.

45. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Like all apple rumors it will be four years before it comes the phone, just like no audio plug and larger screen.

3. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll have to see it to believe it...

4. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

How is this capacitive fps/home button different from htc's home button or one plus's home button or Moto Z's solution? Anyway, I just hope the ip7/+ surprises us clowns and knocks it outta the park tbh.. Otherwise, this is seriously shaping up to rival the lg g5 as the most underwhelming flagship phone of the year and also rivaling the htc 10 for the most boring phone of the year at this point. That is if all the rumors are currently true anyway. The galaxy s7's and the Moto Z are basically killing it this year tho..

7. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wait, why do you consider the HTC 10 to be boring? They really improved a LOT as a brand.

40. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

motoZ FPscanner doesnt function as home button.. it have on screen button for it.. meizu solution is better.. its homebutton+capacitive+physical button.. and that one button replace all 3 button on android

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Apple, as usual, setting the standard with real innovation that matters, unlike that half-assed iris scanner that will only be used once and then forgotten about due to all the restrictions that hamper it.

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 533; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I +1 you by mistake Back to the matter at hand. Are you high on drugs ?

19. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Setting the standard by copying the screen of the BlackBerry Storm?

31. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I hope you're not serious there.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's not lying: http://www.cantechletter.com/2015/09/apples-force-touch-is-already-patented-by-blackberry/ As for "capacitive buttons", I'll raise you one BlackBerry Passport and one BlackBerry PRIV.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Ctdog4748 please tell everyone here what Apple is bringing to the iPhone 7 that is real innovation. I would love for you to answer that question, actually everyone here would also love to know whats really new an innovative as well. It will also give us a clue to what you actually think is innovation.

36. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It is what Apple's marketing have said for years and years so it must be true, or at least so many seem to think?

42. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yeah and 2 years later apple will put iris scanner on its iPhone and you know the story

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Please list something innovative about Apple's products?

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Clickable capacitive button? that sounds like a disaster, it's either one or the other, not both. Maybe they mean like the OnePlus 3? i.e not a physical clickable button?

12. Unordinary unregistered

Go play with the Macbooks. Thats all I have to say.

17. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Mac OS X is merely a locked down version of open-source Linux. Its easy to assume that over 90% of Mac owners are not only unaware of this, but don’t have a clue what Linux is. Turns out that back in 1996, after Steve Jobs’ short-lived company NeXT stole its OS base from open-source (read: FREE) BSD Unix, it resold the now proprietary OS to Apple which then became OS X. Perhaps if OS X had the flexibility of Linux, or if Mac fanboys didn’t use Linux concepts (i.e. Terminal) as reasons to brag about OS X, there wouldn’t be so much smearing to do. (Warning: do NOT attempt ask any Mac fanboys about this, or they will ignore your question and start babbling about things like Firefox.)

20. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Stop saying stupid things. MacOS is UNIX based, has zero to do with Linux.

23. Unordinary unregistered

Its his way of coping with why the world rejected him

28. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Macs regularly ignore mainstream industry trends. Where to begin? Because of all the political (read: snobby) games that Steve Jobs gets involved with, most Macs still don’t have HDMI ports, eSATA ports, or BluRay drives, among other mainstream technology standards. Instead of HDMI, for example, they opt for out-of-date DVI ports (but of course only on the MacBook Pro models). This attitude is best summed up by Apple’s 2-decade-long push for world-wide FireWire data ports, which Apple finally dropped many years after its defeat to USB 2.0 was already obvious. (P.S. Apple invented FireWire…)

38. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Stop being stupid, and reread the post.

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