Apple is Reportedly Removing the "Home" Button from the iPhone 7

By James O Malley on at

With just a few weeks to go until Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7, rumours are coming in thick and fast. And now we're hearing that Apple might be about to make a big change: Getting rid of the home button.

Bloomberg drops the bombshell almost as an aside in a piece which focuses on the company's plans to support the Japanese chipcard system used for Tokyo subway payments. Though it would obviously be a big deal design-wise, as the button has been the one physical fixture on the face of the iPhone since version 1 in 2007.

Curiously though, if this turns out to be true, it contradicts much of what we've heard previously including the designs published by Goldgenie we reported on yesterday. In that instance, the company claims that it got its hands on the iPhone 7 early so it could design products around it - and the images on its website include the home button.

The removal of the home button has long been suggested though - with rumours dating back to June last year. Earlier this year we learned of patents that suggest Apple is working on integrating TouchID with the screen itself.

So add this to the list - and we'll find out for sure next month. In the meantime, check out our detailed guide to everything we think we know about the iPhone 7.

[Bloomberg via The Verge]