iPhone 7 rumor: Home button with haptic feedback, Apple Watch-like Space Black variant

By , Jun 27, 2016

iPhone 7 dark blue Martin Hajek 003

Remember the iPhone 5’s Darth Vader-like black appearance? It’s still my favorite iPhone colorway even though Apple has since moved to a more subdued Space Gray finish for subsequent models. Mac Otakara, the Japanese publication which claimed the iPhone 7 would come in a new Deep Blue variant, has now backtracked on the report, saying the device would include a Space Black colorway akin to the Apple Watch.

In an update this morning to the original Mac Otakara article, the publication now claims that the next iPhone could actually be updated with a much darker color resembling the Apple Watch’s Space Black colorway.

“The new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black,” reads a machine-translated passage from the report. 9to5Mac has confirmed the rumor with its own anonymous source, cautioning that even though the source has “absolutely no track record”, their IP address is located near Apple’s headquarters.

9to5Mac has also learned that the next iPhone would retain the physical Home button with two distinct improvements: the non-moving button will be flush with the front face and sport haptic feedback to simulate a click, using the same approach as Force Touch.

Image: iPhone 7 Deep Blue concept, courtesy 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: Mac Otakara (Google Translate)

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  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Space black. Thank you Apple.

    • Mike

      My Note 5 is this color….

  • Jay Dee

    Space black may be the biggest upgrade coming to the iPhone 7.

  • Jamessmooth

    Yaaaaaaaas. Love it. I would be ok with the deep blue, but like the idea of space black!

  • Virus

    Been asking Tim Cook for a space black iPhone for a while now but wow that deep blue looks pretty cool

  • igorsky

    As long as it isn’t anodized aluminum then all good.

  • John Smith

    Looks like my endless emails to Cook finally paid off.

  • IlIl

    I’ve always loved the look of iP5 black. The problem was the scuff, hopefully they’ve figured out how to keep it scuff-less this time.

  • techfreak23

    It’s about time. I hated when they made the Space Gray on the 6/s/SE lighter. It’s almost as light as the silver from the 5s.

  • ravinigga

    Not gonna lie that blue iPhone concept looks really good.

  • Tommy

    Space Black. The only feature the 7 has going for it.

  • Dao Sasone

    When iOS becomes open source that’s the day apple rule

  • James G

    I went with the white iPhone 5 (first and LAST white iPhone I’ve owned) and missed the Space Black. Regret ensued for years.

    Space black would be an absolute must if they re-introduce that colorway. I sure hope they do.