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iPhone 7 home button said to support 3D Touch

by Brandon Russell | July 26, 2016July 26, 2016 12:45 pm PDT

The home button as we know it is about to undergo a redesign—sort of. Corroborating a report from late last month, a new rumor claims Apple will indeed incorporate 3D Touch into the iPhone 7’s home button, adding a new layer of interactivity to the device.

In turn, moving to a 3D touch home button will allow Apple to slim down its upcoming handset, something we heard Apple wanted to do last year. As we saw in our hands-on of the iPhone 7 clone, however, the difference in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s is negligible. We also recently got a supposed look at what an iPhone with a 3D Touch-equipped home button might look like. Hint: It doesn’t look much different.

How a 3D Touch home button will change the way users interact with the iPhone remains to be seen. We could see Apple enabling third-party developers to pull up quick settings and shortcuts within their apps. Outside of that, your guess is as good as ours, but the lack of a moving part may also help with water-resistance.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7—or iPhone 6SE—at an event the week of Sept. 12, which is about a month and a half away. For now, check out our hands-on video of what the device could look like below.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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