Changes to the design of Apple’s iPhone range are expected to be minimal this year. However, it appears one significant tweak could centre on the iPhone 7’s home button.
Rumours are flying that Apple will get rid of the physical, protruding home button that's been a feature of every iPhone so far and will instead opt for an pressure-sensitive touchscreen button that sits within the device and is flush to the bottom of the phone.
This new key would use the company’s 3D Touch tech to register presses and simulate a click so that users can be sure when they’ve pressed it.
Now designer and Reddit site user Reximillian has created a mock-up image of the handset to show just how this redesigned home button could look.
The handset in the image certainly looks sleek, although appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, something which the iPhone 7 is likely to ditch. Users will have to plug headphones in via the Lightning charging port instead.
The 3D Touch home key is set to be one of only a handful of changes to the iPhone’s design.
The phone’s camera is expected to be improved and internal components could be upgraded too. Apple is said to be waiting until 2017 to fully overhaul its bestselling product.
The iPhone 7 is due to launch in autumn.
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