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iPhone 7 with haptic home button, advanced camera, said to debut next month

by Todd Haselton | August 8, 2016August 8, 2016 6:30 am PST

Apple is reportedly gearing up to announce and launch the iPhone 7 next month, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the iPhone 7 or, indeed, Apple.

According to Bloomberg, where Mark Gurman is now covering Apple (you may have remembered his byline from 9to5Mac), the new iPhones will indeed support a redesigned home button with haptic functionality. That suggests it won’t have the physical “click” most people are used to, and will rather rely, we presume, on magnets to produce a digital “click.” That would be similar to the technology employed in the MacBook and MacBook Pro, and it could enable Apple to add additional functionality to the home button (think long press, for example).

Bloomberg also said that Apple is indeed sticking to a “design similar to that of last year’s models,” which suggests yet again that we won’t get huge update in the industrial design department. The report adds that Apple is including “advanced photography capabilities” to the larger iPhone, presumably the iPhone 7 Plus, which probably means we’ll see the dual lens camera system make its debut. The modules are said to allow for “brighter photos” and will “sharpen photos taken in low-light conditions.” Apple is once again said to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, and screen sizes are said to remain at 4.7 inches and 5.5-inches.

The report did not provide a date for Apple’s event, but Apple typically begins selling its new iPhones right around the middle of September.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...