While Apple has been trying to reinvent the traditional by infusing it with modern technology, the tech giant has not always found a lot of success. Still, Apple may just have another trick up its sleeve as a recent leak from MobiPicker revealed that the home button for the iPhone 7 is not a button any longer.
The report reveals that this home button is perfectly in level with the rest of the bezel and it cannot be pressed in. The button is touch-sensitive and users will have to perform tapping actions for a variety of functions which can be made on the device. It is the answer to reach various functions in the phone like reaching Siri and other applications. While this may lead to more head scratching there is actually a tinge of reason here. ?
According to Forbes, a possible reason for the Cupertino-based tech company to ditch the home button ?in the iPhone 7 is durability and reliability. Unlike in previous times when packing everything in the phone?s design is the trend, the term ?less is more? is becoming more and more common. It actually makes sense since it is one less point of failure and iPhone home buttons do fail. The fixed home button would also help with waterproofing ? something Apple has been considering. ?
The same Forbes report also mentions that in March, Apple received a patent for a ?bulk amorphous alloy pressure sensor,? which is a touch sensitive surface. Apple has already begun this transition and to push through with it is the most business savvy decision they could make rather than to scratch the plan.
Last year, it launched the MacBook and a key change was its touchpad was fixed instead Apple made it a touch sensitive surface which uses haptic feedback in order to give the impression of movement.
This may be a game changer for Apple or this may be a complete flop as the market is looking for excitement and not just incremental changes. Be sure to check back here soon to find out more about the iPhone 7 as well as other breaking news in the world of tech.