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Leaked iPhone 7 photos out a new 3D Touch home button

by Jacob Kleinman | June 15, 2016June 15, 2016 7:08 am PDT

The iPhone 7 is likely just a few months from an official launch. By now we thought we knew pretty much everything about the upcoming device, but it turns out Apple may still have a trick up its sleeve. Newly leaked photos show an iPhone with what looks like a new touch-sensitive home button.

The images, which come from smartphone blog MobiPicker, claim to show the front of the device with a focus on that new home button. The redesigned Touch ID reader is totally flat and level with the rest of the front panel. The new button will apparently feature a touch-sensitive sensor instead of a physical clicking module, and might use 3D Touch as well.

The leaked iPhone 7 photos also show a few smaller changes. The front-facing camera and proximity sensor have been repositioned. The bezels also look a bit thinner, especially above and below the display.

Of course, these images could be fake, but there is some evidence to back them up. A few previous reports already claimed the iPhone 7 would feature a 3D Touch home button that’s flush with the rest of the device. LG also recently unveiled a new type of fingerprint sensor that can work from behind glass, which seems to be what we’re looking at now.

The iPhone 7 is also rumored to ditch the headphone jack, and the iPhone 7 Plus may offer a dual rear camera setup and a Smart Connector port as well. We can’t see any of those changes in these new images, but it probably won’t be long before the next batch of leaked photos turns up.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...