Excited for Apple’s iPhone 6s announcement on Wednesday? Get up to speed! That’s right, iPhone 7 rumors (for 2016) have officially begun.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI, in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, next year’s iPhone will get a new design as expected. As part of this design, iPhone 7 will be even thinner than the design used for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
Kuo claims that Apple has managed to shave the next design down to a thickness between 6 mm and 6.5 mm, from 6.9 mm for iPhone 6. At its thinner size, iPhone 7 would come close to, if not thinner than, the current iPod touch and iPad Air 2, which measure in at 6.1 mm.
These rumors of thinness start to raise questions of how Apple has managed to reduce size even more. Given what we currently know about “3D Touch” coming to iPhone 6s, it’s possible that Apple could be getting rid of the physical home button.
Prior patents have focused on an in-screen Touch ID sensor, and Apple has already put ambient light sensors beneath the display, so deleting the home button isn’t out of the question.
Meanwhile, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus should be announced on Wednesday, along with Apple TV among other things. Be sure to check out our post on what to expect at Apple’s September event, and check back for our coverage of the event on Wednesday!