The iPhone 7 might have the exact same footprint as the last two iterations of the popular device, but it might still have some nifty tricks up its sleeve. According to recent rumors, the iPhone 7 would feature a new, all-glass front panel, with the device's iconic Home button being replaced by a 3D Touch-enabled capacitive home button.
The rumor further suggested that the iPhone 7's Home button would feature the same Force Touch technology as the MacBook, which utilizes haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of clicking a button. If the rumor does indeed prove to be true, the iPhone 7 would not feature an underwhelming design after all.
One of the biggest issues that Apple fans have been very vocal about during the past few months is the fact that leaks and rumors about the company's flagship device are suggesting that the iPhone 7 would simply be a rehashed version of the iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 6, for that matter.
Indeed, leaks featuring the upcoming phone's back panel do seem to suggest this, as the leaked images do feature a design that is practically identical to the last two iterations of the smartphone. However, one thing that has not received a lot of leaks so far would be the iPhone 7's front panel. Thus, the front of the upcoming phone is still pretty much a mystery up to this day.
The fact that there are practically no image leaks featuring the iPhone 7's front panel adds to the possibility of the device to be equipped with an all-glass front panel. Apart from the aesthetic factor, an all-glass front panel for the iPhone 7 actually gives several benefits for users. With an all-glass design, Apple would have an easier time waterproofing and dust-proofing the device.
The iPhone 7 is speculated to be released sometime in September, together with the consumer version of the tech giant's mobile operating system, iOS 10.