Speculations regarding the iPhone 7 from Apple have already started making the rounds, and most of them are pointing towards the possibility of the company going for a major design overhaul. Now, there’s one more report to support this likelihood.
While the iPhone 6S range stayed true to the design changes introduced via last year’s iPhone 6 lineup, the 7 won’t apparently be doing that. It will feature several physical features that have never been seen on an Apple smartphone before.
According to Barrons, Piper Jaffray’s research analyst Gene Munster has said that the iPhone 7 is likely to abandon the home button completely. Properties of the home button could be transferred to the 3D Touch panel, and the extra space at the bottom could either be used for occupying a larger display or making the device smaller in size.
Does this mean that the Touch ID sensor too is on its way out along with the home button? Thankfully, the answer is no. Munster is predicting that the fingerprint scanner will be moved to the side of the iPhone 7, just like on the new range of Sony Xperia devices.
There were some murmurs last year that Apple will be ditching glass for sapphire, and while that didn’t happen with the 6 or 6S range, it may very well happen with the 7. Its toughness and durability is the major driving factor behind its adoption. Lastly, it has also been said that battery life is one of the ‘biggest areas of potential improvement’ with the fresh handset.
There’s still quite a lot of time remaining for the iPhone 7 to be unveiled; so stay tuned for more leaks and rumors regarding the Apple device.