Bloomberg: iPhone 7 to ship with touch-sensitive haptic Home button

By , Aug 8, 2016

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Bloomberg this morning ran a report which seemingly lends credence to earlier rumors that the next iPhone may include a pressure-sensitive Home button with Force Touch haptic feedback akin to the MacBook trackpad, in addition to improved low-light photography, cleaner antenna bands, iPhone 6s-like design, no headphone jack and more.

“Apple Inc. is preparing to unveil successors to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as early as next month with more advanced photography capabilities and upgraded hardware in a design similar to that of last year’s models,” read the report.

According to unnamed sources, the standout features of the forthcoming devices are a dual-camera system on the 5.5-inch model, a re-engineered Home button that responds to pressure with haptic feedback and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack.

Improved imaging features

The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (or ‘Pro’ model) is expected to have a dual-lens camera and Bloomberg tells us how having two lenses will improve your photography. The two sensors will each simultaneously snap up a picture, each capturing color differently.

The software will then fuse those images into a single brighter shot with more detail, especially for shots taken in low-light environments, according to a person “who has used a prototype version of the upcoming device.”

“The combination of the merged photos from the two camera sensors also allows users to zoom while retaining more clarity,” the source added, likely hinting at optical zoom capability, a first for the iPhone’s camera.

Haptic Home button

An updated Home button for the new iPhones will no longer be mechanical.

Instead, the report describes it as a pressure-sensitive button that provides feedback to the user via a vibrating haptic sensation rather than a true physical click, similar to that of the trackpads on the latest MacBook line.

Cleaner antenna bands and other perks

Bloomberg also reaffirms the notion that the iPhone 7 will look similar to the iPhone 6/6s series, with a few visual tweaks like the removal of the two innermost antenna lines that run across the back of the current iPhones.

The story goes on to “confirm” other rumored features, like the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack and a pair of speaker grilles at the bottom for stereo sound.

What do you make of this report?

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Troy

    So will it act like Virtual Home? (The tweak)

    • armyk

      No, it will act the same

    • Y2J

      I was just about to ask that!

    • Feivl

      Shouldn’t this be part of IOS 10, not IPhone 7?

    • besrate hogsa

      I am thinking it will act like

      • Matt

        ⬆️ iOS 10 user spotted

      • besrate hogsa

        ios 10 rocks

      • Alberto Espinal

        It really does, i gave up my jailbreak for it! Little things I miss like YouTube++ and other small tweaks!

  • Cones1r

    So they will look like all the leaks and not very different than my 2 year old 6 Plus. That’s lovely………

    • therealjjohnson

      It will likely “look” like the 2 year old 6Plus (my current device) but that’s about where it ends.

  • Matt

    How would you hard-reset an iPhone without a physical home button though?

    • besrate hogsa

      Triple Tap ☺

      • Matt

        What if for some possible reason the software does not respond? Bootlooping?

      • besrate hogsa

        Apple can setup one of the volume buttons in combination with power button

      • Matt

        Yeah, that’s where my thought was going but let us just wait and see I guess. *Tick Tock* ⏲

  • Jake Platt

    This is one of the more promising pieces of leaked info on the i7 yet

  • h4nd0fg0d

    I will say it again. Bout f’n time. That mechanical home button needed to be discarded years ago for a digital alternative. Only positive regarding the new devices.