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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.

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.

Another design change on iPhone 7: no physical Home button

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While the exterior of the iPhone 7 is rumored to be similar to the iPhone 6s, the Home button may be getting a complete redesign. According to a few sources, the button will be less a button and more of a touchpad. Apple is rumored to use their Force Touch technology to simulate a physical click.

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This previously leaked picture shows the iPhone 7 with a flat Home button, via mobipicker.com

According to Cowen and Company (an analyst company) and 9to5Mac, Apple will be removing the physical mechanism of the Home button and replacing the entire system with a touchpad. To simulate the sensation of the button being pressed, the iPhone will use haptic feedback from Apple’s Force Touch technology. This new button will take out the moving parts of the previous Home buttons, which can break, and it will increase the waterproofness of the phone. When the Home button is currently pressed, a gap is created between the glass and the button as it separates from the display. With the new Home button, there will be no gap created.

An issue that may come up with the new button, as 9to5Mac points out, is that the button can fail since it is not a physical button. Functions like resetting the phone rely on two physical buttons. If the Home button is replaced with a touchpad, Apple will need to use two other buttons to reset the phone.



This rumor matches up with a previously leaked photo (above) that showed the iPhone 7 with a flat touchpad Home button. It also matches up with iOS 10’s mechanism for unlocking the iPhone. The iPhone is now unlocked by “pressing” on the Home button instead of swiping to unlock.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a special media event in September. It will come in three models (iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro), with less antenna bands on the rear shell, a larger front and rear camera, and no headphone jack.

Two contradictory reports claim different designs for iPhone 7

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Two contradictory reports detailing the upcoming iPhone 7’s design came out over the weekend. The one report, which comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, says the iPhone 7 will have no “attractive” updates while a report straight from a Chinese media outlet suggests the phone will have a new Home button, new color option, and be completely waterproof/dustproof as previously rumored.

iPhone 6 Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

Storm, the source of the Chinese media outlet information, reports that the iPhone 7’s design will be much more better than expected. Previous rumors indicated a design similar to the iPhone 6s, but their report says that the Home button will be embedded into the display which will cause the phone to be completely waterproof and dustproof. There will be no physical button; instead, Apple would use haptic feedback technology to simulate the feeling of an actual button. Without a button being there to click, there is no space for water or dust to seep in. This will increase the waterproof and dustproof capabilities of the phone.

In addition, there may be a darker space gray color coming the iPhone. The report says that there will be a regular black and a matte black. It would not be uncharacteristic of Apple to add a new color option since they have been adding new colors to the last few iPhone launches. The iPhone 5s introduced a new gold color and the iPhone 6s came in rose gold. On a side note, Apple is adding the gold and rose gold colors to all their products now. If they do have a darker black available for iPhone 7, you can bet we will see it on the iPad and MacBook soon too.

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iPhone 7 matte black skin wrap, credit: MacRumors forum

The report concludes with a few previously heard iPhone 7 rumors. The iPhone 7 will come in two display sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″, with the larger potentially having a dual-camera design. The phone will be about 1mm thinner due to the absence of the headphone jack, thinner Lightning port, and new LCD display. It will also be powered by the A10 processor with upgraded internal components.

While this report does sound great, Storm‘s track record is no where near close to the KGI Securities analyst. Kuo accurately predicted the specifications for the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro in 2015 and honestly, I have never even heard of Storm. This report sounds great, but take it with a grain of salt until we hear other evidence saying otherwise.



Five rumored prototypes in testing for iPhone 7

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Rumors for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected to be announced next fall, have suggested a more water-resistant and durable design. Apple is also considering removing the headphone jack to make the phone more thin in addition to adding a few features. According to a post on G for Games, Apple is currently testing “at least five” different prototypes for the new iPhone, each with a different flagship feature.

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Citing sources inside China as the leak for this information, one of the prototypes is for an iPhone with a USB-C connector inside of the Lightning connector. This in not out of character for Apple to do since they have changed the iPhone’s connector once before. The first change occurred when the iPhone 5 was released, which was five years after the original iPhone came out with the 30-pin connector. Changing to USB-C only four years after the iPhone 5 came out would not be weird. Like the iPhone 5, it would be met with unfriendly feedback until manufacturers could adapt to the new design with their accessories.

The second prototype is for an iPhone with wireless charging. Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, already have this capability. Since Apple would be entering the market late for wireless charging, it would be interesting to see their take on it. Perhaps we would see a small pad, similar to Square’s new card reader, that would be the home for your iPhone.

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Another prototype design has multi-Force Touch as the flagship feature. This seems like the next step for Apple since they are all about the multi-touch display and the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is limited to one finger.

Apple is also apparently testing a dual-camera system (like the first picture) for the iPhone 7. This was actually previously rumored to be a feature of the iPhone 6s due to report that came from a tech journalist and recent patents, but never came into fruition. Perhaps we will see in on the iPhone 7.

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The final prototype that Apple is reporting testing is a phone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The Home button will likely be removed and, along with it, the thick bezels on the top and bottom of the display. This idea has been tossed around for some time with some concepts (like the one above) with a Home button in the display.

For more about the iPhone 7, please check out our rumors page.