A new flabbergasting report has claimed that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will have no Home button. If true, this would be a huge change and we will see an iPhone without a physical home button for the first time since the launch of the revolutionary device by Steve Jobs. The claim is coming from the famous analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray.
According to Munster, there is a 50% chance that Apple will remove the physical home button in iPhone 7. This would let Apple to increase the screen size without actually increasing the size of the overall device. An iPhone without a home button will have less bezel size, which means more screen size, just like we have in Android devices. Apart from size, another factor points out a reason why Apple could remove Home button. iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus came with 3D touch, and the importance of home button was slashed in a formidable manner. Apple could stash all the features of its Home button into the 3D touch and remove the button.
But there are counter arguments to this rumor. What about Apple’s newly launched Apple Pay, Touch ID, which solely depend on the Home button. All the user fingerprint authentication, Apple Pay records are working via the Home button.
But Apple recently filed for a patent for a technology to integrate the Touch ID on the screen. So you can connect the dots and we can safely assume that Munster’s claim is not a figment of his imagination, and there’s something cooking.
But if Apple decides to launch iPhone 7 without Home button, this could increase the risk for the company. Apple’s Home button has evolved over the years into a symbolic representation of Steve Jobs’ legacy. I mean can you imagine a iPhone without the Home button. I can’t. But hey, that’s what the innovation is all about.
Apple’s new iPhone, iPhone 7 is due in 2016. Check out our detailed post on the expected features and release date of iPhone 7.