Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster “details expectations an ‘iPhone 7’ would change the phone’s shape and dimensions and other physical aspects of hardware,” Tiernan Ray reports for Barron’s.

We expect the iPhone 7 to sport a unique design from the iPhone 6/6S. As many have speculated, the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller. One barrier to this could be Touch ID, which is integrated into the home button currently. Apple would need to move the Touch ID reader to potentially the side of the phone to remove the home button. We believe a home-buttonless iPhone has a 50% chance for the iPhone 7. Another area on which we believe Apple may focus is battery life. Looking at Macs over the past few years, Apple has close to doubled battery life for its Macbook line up (largely 5 hour battery to ~10 hours). It has achieved this through more efficient processors and software. We believe battery life is one of the biggest areas of potential improvement and one that might be most welcomed by customers. Finally, a sapphire screen has long been rumored for the iPhone. Since Apple now uses sapphire on the Apple Watch, it could make sense for them to adapt it to the phone. — Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster

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MacDailyNews Take: Before Apple Watch: If we had to choose between a thinner iPhone and one with longer battery life, we’d choose longer battery life.

After Apple Watch: We want even thinner iPhones since we use them significantly less. We want our iPhones to be even lighter and more pocketable. With iPhone 6s/Plus units, we already have more than enough battery life and put our iPhones to bed each night with at least 30% battery left on a typical day.

People who do not have Apple Watches place inordinate value on battery life and too easily eschew thinness and lightness. Once you begin to wear and use Apple Watch, your iPhone wish list changes significantly.

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