Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 08:16
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor
The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.
A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.
The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.
The switch to a capacitive Home button would also take away a major pain point for both iPhone users and Apple itself. The Home button is one of the more common hardware components to fail on the iPhone, requiring users to visit Apple Stores for repairs or use Accessibility features instead of the physical button.
Rumors of a touch-sensitive Home button have been thrown around since April and the report has been corroborated several times since. Additional pictures and video leaks have helped give this credence, although we’ll have to see what come about this fall.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and please let us know what you think in the comments.