As far as the refresh of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are concerned, photos of a couple of iPhone dummy models show Apple devices with a glass backing, meaning the models shown in the pictures could have wireless charging as a feature. Instead of a physical home button, there's going to be a thin, software bar. Furthermore, unlike other companies, Apple is also selling its brand and this always inflates the price of any Apple-made product.
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However, it's sounding increasingly like Apple is leaning that way as the tech giant looks to make a splash with the 10th anniversary iPhone.
Apple is now preparing for a launch event reported to take place next month where it will reveal the latest iPhones. Apple is expected to release it alongside two other phones, the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which will be upgrades on its current offering.
The WSJ cites anonymous sources close to Apple who've been "briefed on its plans", but it also corroborates with some earlier reports from European carriers who were expecting the same date for launch.
The space gained at the device's front due to the home button's elimination will be replaced by a "function area" according to most rumors.
If this report is true it would represent the biggest change for an iPhone since the device was first launched in 2007. If demand is sky-high and production does turn out to be limited, it's entirely possible many could wind up waiting into 2018 to lay hands on one after backorder delays. Sources also note that, contrary to rumours of a curved OLED screen, the new screen will be flat like prior iPhone models. Since the home button is no more, TouchID no longer has a home (pun intended).
There doesn't seem to be much doubt in people's minds that the highest-end iPhone - the $999 one sporting a new form factor, OLED display, and 3D sensing capabilities - will have the feature. Shrinking sales, while not hurting Apple due to its massive cash coffers, revealed that the company may have lost the sense of innovation that was its foundation during the years with Steve Jobs at the helm.
Rivals such as Samsung already offer wireless charging - with phones topping up simply by being placed on a compatible charging pad. The iPhone maker reported $1.67 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.10.