If you’ve been following Apple for a few years, you know that the company loves to remove buttons, ports and everything that sticks out. According to a new report from Mark Gurman, Apple plans to replace the good old physical home button with a pressure-sensitive button that provides haptic feedback. Many people don’t prefer to use the physical home button on their iPhone anymore, Instead, they use the AssistiveTOuch, a virtual home button that you can trigger from the phone’s display.
Reason behind physical home button not being their first preference is, it is also in-charge of scanning your fingerprints with touch ID. The button being sensitive, can break down easily if enough pressure is applied. Replacing the home button isn’t easy or cheap. If a third-party repair shop replaces your home button, you won’t be able to use Touch ID anymore and it weakens the security of your phone as the secure enclave is disabled, and if you don’t want to make the secure enclave useless, you’ll have to pay between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 15,000 to replace the home button and keep Touch ID. That’s why replacing the home button with a touch surface will make make people happy.
Apple has been using haptic feedback in its MacBook, which instead of a physical click, trackpads generate haptic feedback to trick your mind into thinking that you actually clicked on the surface. This is how Apple plans to make it look and feel like a home button, as it works remarkably well. The iPhone 6s already features a Haptic Engine to generate haptic feedback for 3D Touch actions. If you press deeply on an icon, the iPhone subtly vibrates to indicate that you’ve triggered a 3D Touch shortcut. Hence, Apple could go one step further and use same kind of technology to generate home button clicks without actually using a physical button. The haptic powered home button will actually make the iPhone more water resistance. As for other rumors, Gurman confirms many things we already reported.
The iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack. Apple will put a second speaker and try to make people switch to wireless headphones instead. The iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-camera system to improve image quality, low-light performance and more. And finally, the iPhone 7 will have more or less the same external design as the iPhone 6s without the antenna lines across the back. Apple is expected to announce the successor to the iPhone 6s in late September or early October. This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.