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iPhone 7: touch-sensitive home button planned

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A leaked image of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 appears to show a device without the traditional 'press-and-hold' home button, which has been a mainstay of Apple’s smartphone since it first launched in 2007.

Instead, Apple seems to have equipped its new iPhone with a touch-sensitive home key, which users would simply hold their finger over to unlock their devices or make payments with Apple Pay.

Because the image is somewhat blurry, Apple-watchers have suggested it should be treated with caution.

However, such a feature has been mooted in the past for the iPhone 7.

The picture also clearly shows a device that takes its design cues from last year’s iPhone 6s, fitting neatly with rumours claiming that Apple is not planning a major overhaul of its smartphone in 2016.

Other rumoured iPhone 7 features are thought to include a Lightning port that supports headphones as well as chargers, a faster processor, improved cameras and a model with as much as 256GB storage.

The phone is expected to be released at a special event in September.



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