Apple’s next iPhone, be it 7 or 6SE, is only a few weeks away and pretty much everything about it has already leaked. A latest report from Apple Insider, citing two sources, claims that the next iPhone will not come with a physical home button. Instead, it will use haptic feedback that Apple debuted last year in the MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook with Force Touch trackpad.
The Force Touch trackpad in MacBooks is a very interesting thing on its own. It mimics the feedback of a physical click with an impressive amount of accuracy. In addition to that, the whole haptic feedback system is much compact as compared to the physical button system. Introduction of such a system in iPhone will clear quite a lot of space for Apple to make the iPhone thinner than it already is. Some claim that this will make the next iPhone about 6mm in thickness.
The Touch ID feature of the current iPhones can already be used to unlock the phone and in apps without actually pressing the button so it seems like there is already some sort of capacitive touch features baked into the current home button. If Apple can somehow combine the 3D Touch from iPhone with Force Touch from MacBooks into the next iPhone’s home button, it will open up a lot of usage possibilities.
Apart from the new home button, the next iPhone is expected to come with redesigned antenna lines on the back and new camera modules. The 3.5mm audio jack is also expected to be removed in favor of the Lightning port.
Apple’s next iPhone is expected to go on sale on 16th September.