New leaks of the highly anticipated iPhone 7 suggests Apple is rethinking its famous home button.
The latest images to surface appear to present this feature not as a button, but as a touch sensitive pad.
Sources say the new ‘button’ will be flush with the body of the smartphone, instead of protruding from the bottom bezel, and users will have to perform tapping actions to activate specific functions.
In addition to a revamped home button, the images also suggest that the lower and upper areas of the bezel are much narrower than the iPhone 6 family, and the front camera and proximity sensor have both been shuffled around.
Sources confirmed with the mobile and technology website that the touch-sensitive design will be implemented in the iPhone 7, which is set to hit the market in September.
Instead, our source tells us that this button is perfectly in level with the rest of the bezel and cannot be pressed in. The button is touch-sensitive and users will have to perform tapping actions for various functions, like tap and hold for Siri, double tap to see the running apps, etc. The Touch ID might be significantly smoother and faster due to this change.
Even though such leaks are to be taken with a grain of salt, the probability of a touch-sensitive home button is high. That’s because the home button wears out due to regular use and replacing it can be a costly affair as it also contains the Touch ID sensor. Having a touch-sensitive home button in the iPhone 7 will solve that problem.