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Apple Regulatory Filing Shows ‘AirPods’ and Two New iPhone Models

Concept for AirPods, credit:  Miroslav Majdak
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While the best confirmation of rumors is an actual announcement by Apple, the next best thing is official paperwork filed by the company. A new document was leaked this week that shows Apple’s regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The document reveals new wireless headphones, two new iPhone models, and ten new Apple Watch models.

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Regulatory filings indicate new wireless headphones called ‘EarPods,’ two iPhone models, and ten Apple Watch models. Credit: AppleInsider

Apple filed the paperwork earlier last week, but the Russian website Mobiltelefon.ru (via AppleInsider) did not discover it until this week. The documents were filed with the EEC, which is the main regulatory body for Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They filed for certification with wireless headphones called “AirPods,” two iPhones with model numbers A1784 and A1778, and three sets of Apple Watch models for a total of ten.

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Concept for AirPods, credit: Miroslav Majdak

“AirPods” is likely the name Apple has chosen for their rumored wireless EarPods. Since the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, the phone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is rumored to be working on two sets of headphones under their name (versus until their Beats by Dr. Dre brand). The first will connect with Bluetooth, which are likely the registered “AirPods,” while the other will connect with Lightning. Apple will include one of them in the box and list the other for sale. Rumors have gone back and forth as to which one goes where, though.

Apple has also registered two new iPhone model numbers, A1784 and A1778. These will correspond to the iPhone 7 models, with one for the iPhone 7 and the other for the iPhone 7 Plus. This confirms that only two models will be announced, not three as previously rumored. The model numbers also follow Apple’s system with “A” as their identifier and first two numbers indicating the year of announcement. While they do not correspond to the numbered year (i.e. 16 for 2016), all devices released have the same number. The iPhone SE, for example, was launched in spring 2016 and its model number starts with “A17.” Additionally, the registered numbers do not correspond to any current iPhone generation.

Finally, the document indicates three groups of Apple Watch models for a total of ten. This could correlate to the three Apple Watch versions: Sport, stainless steel, and Edition. Two of the versions will be updated with four new models, while the other version will only have two new models. Apple is likely not expanding the $10K+ Edition with four new watches, so these are meant for the Sport and stainless steel versions. The company is expected to re-introduce the first-generation Apple Watch with an improved processor and a second-generation model with a GPS, barometer, and better battery next week.

Apple Announces Special Event on September 7th for New iPhones

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Apple just confirmed the rumored special event planned for September 7th. It will be held at 10am PT (or 1pm ET) at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Fransisco. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and release date for iOS 10. Also, the event will live-streamed; mark your calendars here.

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Apple just announced their next special media event, which will take place on September 7th at 10am PT.

The iPhone 7 is expected to have a similar design to the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. Like its predecessor, the phone will have a curved aluminum rear shell that transitions to a curved front glass display. The antenna lines on the back will be limited to the top and bottom edges, the rear camera will be larger and closer to the left side, and the Home button will be upgraded from a physical button to a tactile button.  There will only be one rear camera on the iPhone 7, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera system. The physical Home button on both phones will be removed in favor of a tactile button that uses haptic feedback like the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s. With a press, it will simulate the sensation of pressing a button, but the mechanism will not move. This increases the water resistance of the iPhone since there are less gaps for water to seep into.

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Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit:

Additionally, the iPhone is rumored to come in new storage sizes and colors. Apple is finally dropping the 16GB storage size for the entry-level model. Instead, the iPhone 7 will start at 32GB and may have storage options up to 256GB. The iPhone will come in rose gold, gold, silver, space gray, and a new darker space gray perhaps called ‘space black.’ The phone may also come in a deep blue color similar to the 6th generation iPod touch. The phone should be available for sale on either September 16th or 23rd, with pre-orders starting September 9th.

In the absence of the headphone jack, the iPhone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is expected to include a special adapter in the box for regular wired headphones. Pictures of the adapter were leaked and look similar to the 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter that was for sale when the iPhone 5 was released. The company may also include a special version of EarPods that are wireless and release new Lightning-powered EarPods.

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The Apple Watch 2 will look similar to the current Apple Watch will a better processor and larger battery.

Apple is also expected to announce the second-generation Apple Watch. The watch will look similar to the first-generation, but it will have a larger battery, more powerful processor, and GPS. The new watch is still going to be dependent on the iPhone, but it will use GPS to track distance and speed. The current Apple Watch is tethered to the iPhone for the majority of its functions, including tracking location. The Apple Watch may come out in either September or October.

Finally, Apple will announce the release date for the new iOS 10 software update. It comes with many new features like an updated look to the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Messages. It also has many more functions for 3D Touch.

‘iPhone 6 SE’ Could Be the Name of Apple’s Next iPhone [Leaked Pictures]

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In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’

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Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac

Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.

Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.

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The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac

Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’

While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.

Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.

New Leaks Confirm Name and Release Date for ‘iPhone 7’

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With Apple’s rumored special event fast approaching, the name of the next-generation iPhone and the release date is in question. There have been reports suggesting the name and release date, but they have not been confident in their findings. Two reliable leaks have come forward with details about the iPhone with more details that may be trustworthy.

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iPhone 7 mockup in rumored “space black”, credit: @The_Malignant

Citing “reliable sources,” Japanese blog Macotakara claims the new iPhone will be called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus.’ This squashes the rumor that Apple would be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6SE‘ because of its similar design. It also discards the rumor of Apple adding ‘Pro’ to the iPhone name. Additionally, the report confirms that the iPhone 7 will have the A10 processor, a tactile Home button, and come in five colors. Macotakara previously suggested a “space black” and a deep blue color, which could two of the five colors.

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AT&T leak reveals September 9th and 23rd as potential dates for iPhone 7, credit: 9to5Mac

The second leak comes in the form of a retail schedule from AT&T that details the days for resetting merchandise. It claims that both September 9th and 23rd will be reset days, which is the season of the iPhone release. This suggests the 9th as the iPhone 7 pre-order date (rumored), and the 23rd as the release date (one week later than rumored.) 9to5Mac also reports that store managers were informed that a major phone would be released to carriers on September 23rd. The next-generation iPhone is usually released on a Friday so a release date of either Historically Apple has released a new iPhone on a Friday so either the phone is coming out on the 16th or the 23rd.

The iPhone 7 is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6/6s series with an aluminum rear shell, antenna lines on the back, and a rear protruding camera. The phone will likely be announced alongside the Apple Watch 2 at the rumored event on September 7th.

New Set of iPhone 7 Pictures Leaked Show Dummy Units and Alleged Display Assembly

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With only three and half weeks until the expected announcement for the iPhone 7, many sources will come forward daily to confirm previous rumors and show off their own leaked pictures. Today is the start and we have high-resolution pictures of a dummy unit of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, there are pictures of the display that cause us to question the authenticity of them.

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Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit: Letemsvetem

The first set of pictures comes from Czech blog Letemsvetem which are of dummy units of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These devices are not real and they are likely based on blueprints from Apple (or other rumors). Subtle details like the smoothness of the Apple logo, FCC regulation icons, and model numbers show they are not real. However, everything that has come out for the iPhone 7 is in these pictures.

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Front of the iPhone 7, credit: Letemsvetem

The iPhone 7 will come in two storage sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″ like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The smaller phone will have a single rear camera that protrudes from the frame, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edges, and the display looks very similar to the iPhone 6s. Since it is a dummy unit, it is difficult to tell if the Home button will be haptic or a physical button. The larger phone has a similar design with a dual rear camera. It does not, however, have the rumored Smart Connector.

New Set of iPhone 7

Alleged display for the iPhone 7 upside-down, credit: GeekBar

The next pictures claim to show the assembled iPhone 7 display and were posted by Weibo user GeekBar. Without getting too technical, the display is very questionable because of the location of the flex cables. They are located at the top of the display pictured, however, the display is upside down. Looking at the bottom of the display pictured, there is a line with a hole in the bottom center and one off to the left. The center line is the ear speaker, the bottom center hole is for the proximity sensor, and the left hole is for the front camera. For every iPhone since the iPhone 5, the flex cables cover the ear speaker and front camera to connect the display at the top to the logic board. This picture suggests Apple moved it to the bottom of the display.

The significant issue with moving the flex cables to the bottom of the display versus the top is that the iPhone is opened from the bottom. The flex cables being on the bottom make the phone more difficult to open. Plus Apple would need to change the logic board so there are ports for the flex cables to plug into. Based on this, either the display is fake or it was not assembled correctly. Apple is playing it safe this year with the iPhone design. They are not completely redesigning the inside of the iPhone only to redesign it next year. Since there are Apple logos on the flex cable, which is typical of Apple, it is likely that the display is not assembled correctly.

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iPhone 7 LCD with 3D Touch, credit: GeekBar

The second picture shows the LCD display for the iPhone before it is attached to the glass. It looks very similar to the iPhone 6s with the extra shielding to protect the phone from forceful touches. It also has the chip in the upper left corner which is on the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2 and iOS 10. In addition to the above rumors, the phone will also be powered by the A10 processor, start at 32GB of storage, and have a second speaker in place of the headphone jack.


Leaked Pictures Show Working iPhone 7 Prototype, New Rumor Emerges

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At this point, the design of the iPhone 7 is all but confirmed by Apple. Several leaks have come out that all show the same information. Until now, though, we have only been looking at mockups and various components. Sina, which is a Chinese news website, shared pictures leaked by a Chinese social media user that are allegedly of the iPhone 7.

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Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina

The set of pictures were originally leaked by Weibo user @GeekBar and shows the iPhone 7 running a special operating system used internally by Apple. The case design matches up to what is expected for the iPhone 7. Instead of the headphone jack on the bottom, the phone will have a second speaker. This allows the phone to be more symmetrical with speaker grills on both sides of the Lightning port. Users will rely on Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. The phone also has a rear protruding camera that is part of the frame. It is much larger, closer to the left edge, and the microphone hole appears to be slightly smaller. Additionally, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edge of the phone instead of also extending across the back.

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iPhone 7 running a special software for internal testing, credit: Sina

Looking at the front of the iPhone, the setup is quite similar to the iPhone 6s. It unfortunately does not match up to previous rumors that suggested new locations for more advanced display sensors. The speaker grill, proximity sensor (small black dot in top center of display), and front camera (larger black dot on left) look the same as the iPhone 6s. It is also difficult to tell if the home button is a physical button or more of the rumored haptic touchpad.

Sina reports that a friend claimed the iPhone 7 would have more of a curved screen with the transition from glass to aluminum be more rounded. The battery would also be slightly larger, as we have shared, and the biggest changes are in relation to the cameras. Hopefully this means we will have a better sensor in the front-facing camera.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced a media event in early September. It will come in at least one new color, likely a darker space gray, and start with 32GB of storage.

Blue iPhone 7 Plus Mockup Shown in New Video on YouTube

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In early September, Apple is expected to announce their next-generation iPhones, likely called “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” The screen sizes will be the same as the iPhone 6s/6s Plus with 4.7″ on the iPhone 7 and 5.5″ on the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike last year’s phones, though, there will be much more than screen size to differentiate the two phones. A new video was posted by Unbox Therapy on YouTube that claims to show a mockup of the new phone and shares details about what exactly will be different.

Unbox Therapy, the group known for unboxing videos and leaking unreleased Apple products, released a video of an “accurate” iPhone 7 Plus mockup. They obtained it from a Chinese headphone manufacturer. The mockup is blue, which is one of the new colors rumored for the iPhone 7. It also has the dual rear camera, Smart Connector, less visible antenna lines, and no headphone jack. The dual rear camera will allow the phone to simultaneously take two videos at the same time and capture a better picture. The Smart Connector will work with third-party accessories requiring power instead of utilizing the Lightning port which is needed for playing audio. Finally, the headphone jack has been replaced by a second speaker. As pointed out in the video, the phone is not thinner than the iPhone 6s Plus. Rumors suggested Apple removed the headphone jack to make the phone thinner, but this doesn’t seem to be correct. The mockup appears to be about the same thickness as the iPhone 6s Plus.

Check out the full video below.

Unlike the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the new iPhones will have a few features that differentiate the models. The iPhone 7 will have a single rear camera and no Smart Connector. This iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera setup and the Smart Connector for working with third-party accessories. Apple may further differentiate them with internal specifications, like allowing only the larger iPhone to have 256GB of storage.

The iPhone 7 are expected to be announced in early September alongside a new thinner Apple Watch 2 and an updated iPad mini.

Report Confirms iPhone 7 Rumors: Touch Home Button, Space Black, and More

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In about a month Apple will host a special media event where they are expected to announce their next-generation iPhone, likely called the “iPhone 7,” and other new products. In the next thirty days, we will see rumors get confirmed by insiders and major news media groups. We have new details of the iPhone from the user Apple Worldwide Meeting on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. As the source of their information, they cite someone from inside of Apple’s main manufacturer, Foxconn.

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The new black alongside the rose gold and gold colors for the iPhone 7, credit: Apple Worldwide Meeting

In the short Weibo post, the Apple Worldwide Meeting confirms many of the rumors we have heard for the new iPhone 7 including its color options, the rumored disappearance of the headphone jack, and the Home button. The iPhone 7 will be available in the same colors as the iPhone 6s plus a new pure black. This will be a much darker version of space gray that should remind us of the black iPhone 4.  There will reportedly not be a blue model this year. As rumored, both the 3.5mm headphone jack and physical home button will be removed. The post does not specify what will be in place of the headphone jack, but the home button will be touch-only. It will likely be a touchpad that is incorporated into the display.

Additionally, the lack of the headphone jack and home button will cause the phone to be more water resistant. The phone will not be waterproof up to IP68, but it should be better at preventing damage from water.

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The alleged silent/mute switch for the new black iPhone 7, credit: Apple Worldwide Meeting

Apple Worldwide Meeting also leaked the silent/mute switch for the new black version of the iPhone 7. It is much darker in color than the iPhone 6s’ space gray mute switch. This could be more evidence that a new color is coming for the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September with the release date rumored for Friday, September 16th. It will be feature a slightly larger battery, a thinner design, and look similar to the iPhone 6s.

Report Claims to Show Off Apple’s New 3.5mm to Lightning Adapter

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Based on the leaks for the upcoming iPhone 7, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone will be the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. The phone will rely on Lightning and Bluetooth for audio in absence of the port. Earlier rumors suggested Apple is working on special Lightning adapter that will connect headphones to the Lightning port and now we may have our first look at it.

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The 3.5mm to Lightning adapter will allow headphones to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn

A new report on a Vietnamese website claims to show off the new 3.5mm to Lightning adapter. The adapter would be used to connect regular headphones to the Lightning port of the new iPhone. The source claims it was obtained from one of the Foxconn accessory factories in Vietnam. It has a very Apple-like design resembling the .2 meter Lightning to 30-pin adapter.

When the adapter is plugged into an iPhone running the developer’s version of iOS 10, the phone accepts it as an authentic adapter. If it is plugged into an iPhone running iOS 9, the phone claims it does not support the adapter. This is significant because it proves its authenticity. The iPhone 7 will be the only phone that needs to use this adapter and it will run iOS 10 out of the box. It cannot downgrade to iOS 9 so there is no need for Apple to allow the old software to work with their new adapter.

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The Lightning adapter plugged into an iPhone 6s, credit: Tinhte.vn

Finally, the report claims the Lightning adapter will be included in the box with the iPhone 7. This makes sense since most everyone has at least one pair of headphones with a 3.5mm plug. Apple could either force their customers to pay for an an adapter or they could include it in the box for free. The former of which may turn customers off from buying a phone that is missing a crucial port. The company did not do this when the iPhone 5 was released with the new Lightning port because 30-pin accessories only work with Apple products. Headphones work with virtually every electronic product that allow for audio input/output. There is a greater need for an adapter for 3.5mm to Lightning so Apple will apparently give it to us.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September at a special media event. The iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 6s but have less antenna lines, a larger rear camera sensor, and potentially come in a new color.

Check out a video below of the Lightning adapter in action:

iPhone 7 to have 3D Touch Home Button, Not Physical Button

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The iPhone 7 is expected to have another new component in addition to the headphone jack that will further distinguish it from the iPhone 6s. According to a report by Japanese site Wei Feng, the new phone will not have a physical home button. It will, instead, have a touchpad that simulates the feeling of a physical button.

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A concept that shows what the iPhone 7 home button may look like, credit: Martin Hajek

Citing supply chains and a report on Macotakara, the site claims the home button will be a new 3D Touch-compatible pad that will provide tactile feedback to simulate a physical button. This design will eliminate the gap that the current home button causes when pressed.  This gap currently allows water to seep in which can cause damage to internal components. The waterproofness of the phone should increase with the new button. Plus the internal components behind the button will likely be slimmer since there will not be a physical button. The site says this might help Apple reduce the thickness of the phone too. The pad is expected to be still be located on the bottom bezel and have a ring around it that matches the color of the phone.

This is not the first time we have heard that Apple is changing the home button on the iPhone 7. The rumor has been circulating for a couple of months will no real hard evidence. Most of the leaked pictures for the new phone show the rear aluminum shell without the display attached. The headphone jack is part of the frame, which we can confirm is absent, but the home button is part of an assembled display. We have only seen one phone with the rear shell, front display, and touchpad home button. As we get closer to the launch of the iPhone, we should see more fully assembled displays that weigh into the argument around the new home button.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in early September alongside the Apple Watch 2 and potentially a new iPad mini. The phone will be powered by the A10 processor, have a starting storage capacity of 32GB, and have a slightly larger battery.