iPhone 7 to feature a flush, digital home button along with dust- and waterproof housing

iPhone 7 to feature a flush, digital home button along with dust- and waterproof housing
We've reached that point in the year when many if not most of the major Android vendors have shown their hands in the smartphone game. The LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge and HTC 10, among others, have all been unveiled to varying levels of acclaim. Naturally, attention has begun to shift to what might be next from Apple's smartphone department, though if the word of KGI Securities analyst and regular Cupertino expert Ming-Chi Kuo is to be heeded, it won't be all that exciting. Adding to Kuo's weekend warning of a slump in iPhone shipments for 2016, a new rumor suggests the forthcoming iPhone 7 will include a flush, digital home button along with a rugged dust- and waterproof housing. 

According to Chinese site Storm, the handset will pack a revamped, touch-sensitive home button that won't travel like the home key found on the current models. Instead, haptic feedback motors will provide the mechanics behind the constantly flush, digital home button. Seemingly, the set-up won't be dissimilar to the touch-based home and back buttons found on many Android and Windows handsets past and present, and these murmurings do tie in with a report last month that the traditional home key may be ousted. The report also suggests that the chassis will take a matte black aesthetic, though just how reliable any of this information is remains to be seen. 

Nokia's Lumia 1020 features a flush, digital home button

With so many months until the anticipated September unveiling, these are the times when rumors fly in all directions, some making more sense than others. One tidbit that may appeal to prospective owners more than the home button or coloring, is the continued suggestion that the iPhone 7 will be both dust- and waterproof. With many competing handsets offering these seemingly basic modes of protection against the elements, it would certainly be a major plus, and could heighten the appeal of Apple's next big thing despite the doom and gloom from the most knowledgeable Apple analyst around. 

Which feature would you most like to see Apple deploy with its next-generation iPhone? Let us know in the comments. 

source: Storm (translated) via 9to5Mac

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1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010


2. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

so now apple is inventing flush buttons?

5. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Im lost here. Who said anything about inventing in this article? Are you in the right article?

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's the voices in their heads, just back away slowly, it seems to affect a lot of them here... Don't make any loud noises...

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well he is anticipating what they will say in the presentation. Wana bet its will be something like : The biggest innovation on the home button since its was invented or since touch-id. They will also say thing like : the most innovative iphone to date thanks to new waterproof body. lol you guys have to admit thats year after year its the same wording right?

54. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Well i'm f**ked, why i'm reading your comment with John Ive voice.

30. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

It's because people think Apple invents everything

37. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I only see Android fans bashing apple fans like this. Never seen apple fan saying it invents everything (recently at least).

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because Apple hasn't re-invented anything we've not seen, that they can claim they invented.

44. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Exactly. I've been looking around on here for months and the only people who say Apple are flawless, invent everything with their amazing innovation and that iOS is perfect are the Android fans who SAY they dislike Apple, ironic really...

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But this is what you are missing. I can't say I've ever seen Apple say they invented anything. But Steve Jobs was great at using hyperbole's to make you think they did. Because everything Apple makes is so revolutionary. Apple invented "their" version of a desktop Apple invented "their" version of a laptop Apple invented "their" version of a i/Pad/Phone/Pod/Mac Apple invented "their" version of a PDA Apple invented "their" version of lots of things. But they have always tried to market them with hype so you think it was soemthign new, when it wasn't. Example? Retina Display. Befoare Apple coined this phrase, it had never been heard before. What does it mean? I means nothing. It was based on a lie Steve Jobs claimed about how far a device needed to be from your face, based on the resolution of the screen and whether or not you will see individual pixels. In reality, it was just a fancy set of words for a technology which has been around for years. The tech was how to put more pixels into a square inch. Apple only did this, because they were to lazy to just make the screen bigger, so they use Sharp's technology to pack more pixels into a given space. But this tech had to be backed up with software, so the images would display properly on the screen. Something no one else needed Then you have 3D Touch. This is Apple own patented technology for Force Touch which uses a hardware mechanism for being able to read the pressure right on the screen. This simply mimic software versions of long-press and short-press which uses a software algorithm to perform the same function. The software way is better because it costs nothign but time, and can be implemented on any device no matter how old it is. But Apple chose the hardware version because, well everyone else was goign to have it too and they wanted to be first, and it was a good excuse to raise the cost of the phone to own, even as limited as the tech actually is. Its because of this marketing tricks, that people actually believe Apple has brought them new stuff, when ist stuff we've had all the time, that were never directly marketed because, there was never a need to draw attention to them. Before Apple, no one gave a crap about PPI. When Apple first used the term, every App'e fanboy on the plenet was repeating it over and over. Now having a high resolution is a gimmick per those same fans. You dont even hear about PPI anymore, because Apple no longer leads in this regard. Oh and Apple Retina Display HD? More BS. 1920x1080 is an industry standard resolution. Apple's display doesn't even pack more pixels than a device of similar size. Fact, the larger the display, the less pixels needed. Which is why larger displays at the same resolutions have a bit less of a pixel count. Compare the 5.5" iPhone 6S+ @ 401PPI vs the Galaxy Note 3 with the same sized screen at 386PPI. When you do the actual math, you will see if the Note 3 had a 5.5" display, it too would have 401

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

...pixels as well. Which emans Apple Retina HD means nothing because it doesn't even pack in more pixels than anyone else is using. Its the same identical display size and use of standard resolutions. But they keep using the "retina" moniker, and it means even less now than when they first use dit. Other OEM's rarely focus on marketing tricks and hyperbole's to sell products. In an age where almost all phones offer the same hardware, the only way to make yours stand out is to lie, mince words, use hyperbole's and call a technology yours, when all you did was buy it from someone else. At least Samsung said upfront, that their payment system was purchased by buying Loop Pay. Apple? Made it seem like it was their original idea. Same with Force Touch, Same with their new wireless charging, which Qualcomm bought already in the same year Apple patented their, from a company called WiPower. They invented a way to charge a phone without laying it on a Pad. But because blogs liek PA, try to draw more attention to it, because its Apple, many believe its actually somethign new. Why? BEcause they fail to mention it when other OEM's have it first. After all we can't let Apple appear to be 2-3 years behind everyone else. Even though, that si exactly where they are Check out this video. The best truth about Apple Inc - by Tim Cook -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaFJi8e3Phwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZb-7mtNYgA

68. submarinerz

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

wow you do really hate apple.. i'll definitely gonna vote you if there is The Best Apple Hater Performance Award.... LoL

60. willard12 unregistered

Apparently, Tim Cook is an Android fan who dislikes Apple. http://www.cnet.com/news/dear-tim-cook-apple-is-not-the-worlds-tech-inventor/

65. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha, very good find.

63. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The actual fact is, apple rather reinvent the invented scarp and re introduce to the market in a proper way.......... they are innovative indeed..........

15. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not inventing them. Just fixing them.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats a question of point of view. the way they use notification center is not as good as the one on android by example. They also really fixed google map when they came out with Apple map right? So i would not speak they may have done better implimentation from time to time but its not always the case. Anyway its not like iphone user thats are invested in the ecosystem have much choice eh... You have only one OEM for ios based device.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which would be fine, if not for the monumental hypocrisy of Apple and it's most rabid fans constantly yelling that everyone copies Apple.

29. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

ibutton ???lol

56. cheetah2k

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

iTouch... which is followed closely by iWank

55. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I don't mind if Apple copying others, it's not bad things if that's mean trim the bezel, cuz i'd think their iconic home button requires too much space.

3. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

apple will invent this year flush home button 1080p retina screen(best ever made on phone) + they will invent water and dust proof phone

9. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

1080p retina screen was already "invented" two years ago though

13. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i mean regular size phone not that snow shovel. man i love iphone design, like colours and materials, but that screen and bezel is ugly. samsung makes perfect screen and bezel but then its fingerprint magnet.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Super small bezel = broken phone when droped. S7 edge even with an otterbox the screen may break if droped as side are not well protected.

22. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

samsung gives insurance for that screen in case its broken, so that is not an issue.

34. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Funny considering it's been widely agreed that the iPhone 6S line is just as susceptible to breaking from impact as the S7 line

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well, I guess you better not drop it then.

25. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Snow shovel, that was the best.

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