“A number of new photos have started appearing online claiming to give additional insight into the design choices that Apple has made with the upcoming iPhone 7,” Paul Morris reports for Redmond Pie. “A set of new photos purportedly show an actual iPhone 7 model with a white exterior and a flush, touch-sensitive Home/Touch ID button.”

“If accurate, the new design would essentially mean that the curtains are about to come down on Apple’s iconic mechanical Home button that has been a staple part of the iPhone ever since the original launch in 2007,” Morris reports. “Throughout all of those iterations, what has always remained constant is the mechanical Home button. Sure, it’s advanced with time to include a Touch ID sensor, but it’s always been there and it’s always been a mechanical operation.”

“It is being claimed that the Home/Touch ID button depicted in the visuals below is flushed with the rest of the bezel without the usual silver ring, and doesn’t offer the traditional clickable action iPhone fans have become accustomed to,” Morris reports. “There has been plenty of historical speculation about Apple testing out a pressure-sensitive Home button – including the granting of a patent by the USPTO for a pressure-sensitive liquid metal option – so it’s by no means beyond the realms of possibility that the iPhone 7 could lose the Home button as we have come to know it.”

Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows new flush, touch-sensitive Home/Touch ID button

Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows new flush, touch-sensitive Home/Touch ID button

 
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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds just like the Force Touch trackpad in MacBooks!

I estimate that Apple will likely spend on the order of $300 million to $500 million — and three to five years — to mature the technology before it can used in large scale. — Dr. Atakan Peker, one of the Caltech researchers who invented Liquidmetal, May 2012

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