Rumors of the next flagship release from Apple are gathering pace as September gets closer
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to launch the next flagship iPhone this year in September as it usually does, and rumors from a Chinese site Storm.mg have suggested that the next iPhone will feature a flush touch-sensitive Home button and be completely waterproof and dustproof.
Previous rumors have indicated that Apple plans to persevere the current form-factor and design which made its debut with the iPhone 6. This means that the company is set to abandon its tick-tock policy of iPhone development, which could in turn translate to slowing shipments and decreasing interest in the next iPhone in major markets around the world. Some changes, however, are set to be made to the next flagship, like the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack to further slim down the device, and the redesigned antenna lines at the back of the iPhone.
From recent reports, it seems the lack of a headphone jack will not be the only major external change to be made to the iPhone, as Storm.mg has suggested that the iPhone 7 could sport a flat capacitive Home button similar to the MacBook’s Force Touch trackpad. The trackpad in question, using haptic feedback motors, would replace the physical Home button used in the iPhone so far, making the front surface of the phone completely flush.
MacBook Retina’s Force Touch trackpad is a beautiful and elegant concept, which gains all the marks for aesthetics as well as functionality. Applying the same concept to the iPhone could yet give Apple some leeway for the next iPhone, which could yet come under heavy fire for not including any major innovations or major design changes. Simply positioning the next iPhone as the best one yet would need all of the changes so far suggested by numerous leaks, like no headphone jack, force touch Home button, as well as water and dust proofing. Still, Apple could have some issues convincing users to switch to the latest iPhone, and result in declining shipments, as indicated recently by KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.