Intriguing secret of Apple’s iPhone 7 may have just been revealed

“Apple’s iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a more intriguing device than we may have originally given it credit for,” Yoni Heisler reports for BGR.

“According to a new report from Macotakara — a site with an impressive track record regarding Apple rumors — the home button on Apple’s next-gen iPhone will sit flush with the screen and will not move when pressed,” Heisler reports. “Instead, Apple is planning to incorporate a series of sensors underneath the home button that will trigger a slight vibration when pressed. This, in turn, will provide users with the illusion that the iPhone 7 home button is a mechanical button.”

“The report further adds that the sensors underneath the iPhone 7 home button will be pressure sensitive, thereby paving the way for Apple to incorporate 3D Touch functionality on the screen as well as via the home button itself,” Heisler reports. “Notably, Apple has already implemented this type of technology on its MacBook line via a feature it calls Force Touch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, everyone with an Apple Watch already understands the value of Force Touch.

One your Mac, the Force Touch trackpad lets you Force click. This allows you to take advantage of added functionality in many apps and system features on your Mac. Imagine that functionality within iPhone’s and iPad’s Home button!

See everything you can do with Force click on a Mac here.

14 Comments

    1. Why do you hate it? If you’re activating it unintentionally, just turn it off. I don’t see why you would dislike the normal operation when compared to an older MacBook Air.

      1. I have tried adjusting it. You cannot disable it because Apple has removed the mechanical click switch.

        When I use the gestures I use on my Air or any other switch based trackpad, no problem. But on my wife’s MacBook Pro with force touch I can’t keep the click down (on) while moving my fingers.

        I have to use two hands most of the time. One hand to apply pressure to keep the click down and the other hand to move the cursor.

        Like I said, I have tried all the adjustments. I truly hate it and it’s presence will cause me to reconsider buying a new Mac. I’ll be in the grave soon (64 is close to end-of-life for a humanoid and I ain’t fragile and I ain’t disabled) so it may all work out.

        1. If you are having this problem… it seems that it is a problem with the trackpad in that laptop, or a user problem. It ~has~ to be one or the other.

          Does your wife have issues when she uses her laptop? You should try another laptop to see if it behaves the same way. If it works, then hers may need to be fixed. If it behaves the same way, it is something you are doing. Try changing things up a little, watch somebody else and see how they make it work.

          Good luck!

          1. Thanks. Maybe you’re right about a defective trackpad.

            My wife hates anything that is new. I hate anything that does not work. I think she puts up with it. I complain here.

    2. It is easy to turn Force Touch off with System Preferences > Trackpad on a Mac. I like my iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch much better than a trackpad’s Force Touch, but it can be turned off as well in Settings > General > Accessibilty > 3D Touch.

  1. I love the trackpad on my MacBook. I recently had to use another family members Air, and I was surprised how hard you have to press to click, and the level of pressure varies depending on where you click on the trackpad. I’ll take the force touch MacBook trackpad anyday over the old mechanical one. That’s not even talking about the deep press functionality.

    This rumor makes a lot of sense because it brings together a bunch of things in a very Apple way. It will help with waterproofing, it streamlines the design, and it sets up the next generation for a home buttonless design. Having a second “deep press” will be interesting as well. It’d be nice if you can assign it a function. I wonder how it’d be to have that bring up multi-tasking. Press for home, deep press for multi-tasking window. Could also explain some of the changes in animations they did in iOS10.

  2. That’s Apple innovating “like crazy”? So, What’s next? More emojis? A change in the bevel of the iPhone frame? How about moving the volume buttons to the right side? Apple is focused on gimmicks, not innovation.

  3. Apple is really trying to get out in front of the next iPhone launch and control the message. Essentially they will make a few changes and sell the iPhone 6 yet again. They have conditioned us to buy a new phone every two years, and now its going to bite them in the wallet.

  4. But if they don’t change he form factor entirely, iPhone 7 will be a massive failure, Tim Cook should be fired, the company should be split up, the floppy disk should be brought back, and iPads should have blu-ray drives.

  5. I expect there will still be the metal circle around the ‘button’ as it is used in TouchID. But removing the mechanical aspects of the ‘button’ enables further progress into water damage resistance and removes another moving, breakable part.

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