According to a report from Bloomberg, the 2017 iPhone will be ditching the iconic Home button, something that’s been around since the beginning. The report mainly focuses on a special Japan model of the iPhone to support FeliCa, but does mention the lack of a Home button.
Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Many believe that Apple will go the “Force” route and replace the Home button similar to how the Force Trackpad works. Getting rid of the “clicking” part, with a software-based solution. Another solution is to build the button into the actual screen itself.
The iPhone 7 expected early next month is said to have a similar design to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, but will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, clean up the antenna lines, and have various camera improvements.