iPhone 7 concept features a home button built into the screen

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Hurry up and take my money Apple! Photo: ComputerBild

Given the enormous success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s going to have to pull out all the stops if it hopes to boost sales further with its next major iPhone redesign. This iPhone 7 concept, created by designer extraordinaire Martin Hajek, certainly presents enough of a “wow” factor to do it!

Check out more of Hajek’s pictures below.

Retaining the ultra-slim form factor of the current iPhone, but incorporating some rumored Apple innovations like dual camera lenses, the single most stunning feature of Hajek’s proposed iPhone 7 design is a home button with Touch ID that’s built into the screen itself.

It’s a nifty idea, since it would allow Apple to offer even more screen real estate for its devices without having to enlarge the physical size of the handset.

Realistically, we’re unlikely to see any major redesign of the iPhone until next year. If Apple follows its strategy from previous years, the iPhone 6s will come out this fall and focus more on under-the-hood improvements than an exterior overhaul.

This would definitely be a concept I’d happily wait for, though…

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Source: ComputerBild

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  • rjamesm

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the next iPhone will have the home button on the screen using force touch and touch ID.

    • Tallest Skil

      I would, since that would be nothing but false touches and lock the device up.

      We NEED a hardware ‘out’.

    • Carlos M Solís

      Thats a good idea!!! And its something new, not like the new sleep button that looks like an android phone!!! I think thats a great idea!

    • ianthetechman

      Thats what i was thinking and i totally think that could happen and in my opinion its the natural way forward.

  • ny3ranger

    Home button can be anywhere with force touch. Say middle of bottom 1/2 inch. You dont need t show the circle. WOuld be so amazing!

  • acslater017

    That would be cool – the iPhone 6 isn’t thick, but it’s pretty darn tall with its symmetric top and bottom bezel. Maybe replace the click with a Taptic Engineand embed the Touch ID under the screen. Same screen size, smaller footprint?

  • rjamesm

    We might also get the digital crown on the iPhone.

    • Yeah, and support for Magic Mouse. Also a stylus.

  • Mark Langston

    Unless the iPhone 7 has a sapphire screen the glowing Apple logo is unnecessary fluff as I can’t imagine it’s good for the glass to continually rest the phone on its face.

    Obviously Samsung hopes people do this just so you can see glowing lights on the Galaxy S6 Edge but I question the use case. I’d like to think you turned your phone on its face so it’s not a distraction in a meeting/at dinner/etc. But if you’re still willing to pick it up when it glows then it you never had any intention of actually ignoring the phone.

    You’d be better served by enabling do not disturb, putting it in your pocket or just powering down if you really don’t want any distractions and/or be rude.

    Otherwise the concept is… okay. I’m not sure it really matters that the Home button is now part of the display as it means developers will still want to avoid that area so that millions of users aren’t accidentally going back to the Home screen while trying to press/tap around it.

    • quiezio

      Good points!

  • rjamesm

    We have a found a remarkably new way to crank up your songs using the digital crown on the iPhone. – Jony Ive

  • Brandon Martin

    I don’t see why the screen can’t be the entire black glass front, wrap around on all edges.

  • Zeb Blair

    Not interested. It’ll just be in the way. That extra screen real estate is all but totally useless.

  • KentLeeJoon

    i think it is beautiful.

  • Rose Krueger

    ever notice how these concept images seem to show up on Samsung devices with assumption to “beat” Apple. I think it’s funny they fall for it all the time. My daughters friend brought over a S6 – I thought she had an iPhone 6 it was that close – Wow

    • Paweł Szmajda

      What do you expect, smartphones are supposed to be thin, rectangular slabs. The simpler it is the better, and regardless of patent law, I don’t think Apple, or anyone, has the right to claim the shape of the smartphone as theirs. The best device would be all screen and no bezel obviously, but when we get to that point then how will the manufacturers differentiate? TBH, Apple fell behind, Samsung smartphone’s have better hardware and better OS.

  • Scipio Klausen

    But if the home button is on the screen you often get to the home screen without deliberate

  • Lindon Deakin

    I’m sorry, but those concept images look nothing like an iphone. I miss the crisp design of the iphone 4s, and I really dislike that apple keep making them bigger and bigger. I can barely reach all four corners on my 4 without having to switch hand position.

    As cool as a glowing apple on the back would be, it would be impractical. For instance when I put my phone face down, it’s because I don’t want it to light up.

    And the home button built into the display…. What if the phone freezes? Or the screen gets out of sync temporarily. A physical home button allows for a fallback for software errors. And of course the home button no longer being a button, means I could accidently catch it, because it doesn’t need to be pressed down.

    Why don’t apple focus on something useful, like longer battery life, a better camera, cheaper storage, waterproofing, or a more sturdy frame.

  • I don’t like that at all, I find the top and bottom bezels to be way too thin, so the front-facing camera and the speaker look forced in, and the home button/TouchID look like it would really diminish the experience by having a piece of the screen also act as a button. I also find it oddly ugly.

  • balcobomber25

    Just look at what innovations Android has done recently and you will easily be able to tell what the next Iphone will have.

  • Paweł Szmajda

    Nobody wants to see some circle on their screen when they’re watching a video… I think that circle button will bite Apple in the ass since it will be harder for them to make the bezels smaller than with rectangular slim buttons like Samsung uses.

  • Jim

    Home button on screen with iOS is not possible and/or not practical. How would you go home from an app? This idea basically forces a special area on the screen for the home button that apps won’t be able to utilize like on Android. So it’s wasted screen anyway and you’d be giving up the tactile feedback of having a physical button which I don’t want to give up. I love being able to call up Siri in the car to send a text without taking my eyes off the road. A physical button helps that. I also do not believe you could do this anyway, the TouchID sensor works because it’s reading your finger touch with very high resolution at 500ppi, higher than what the entire iPhone screen reads from touch. To make the whole iPhone screen, or some lower half of it have all that touch resolution ability would probably be very expensive and impractical, all for little to no actual utility.
    No it just doesn’t justify.

    I do like the antenna line on the back, if that provides enough separations (it’s been 3-4 sections of metal on most phones so far), not sure.