The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be waterproof and dustproof, according to supply chain sources cited by the Taiwanese Digitimes (via i4U, MacRumors). Also, Apple will allegedly redesign the home button and drop the physical button in favour of a touch sensitive one.
The latter would allow Apple to make the iPhone’s front surface completely flush, a major change compared to previous models, which all included the iconic home button. This part of the report is rather interesting, since we’ve seen Apple investing in incorporating fingerprint sensors into the iPhone’s home button, so dropping it would be a major change compared to previous models.
As for the waterproofing and dustproofing, a waterproof iPhone is long overdue, and in fact there have been previous reports claiming the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. The iPhone 6s performs decently in water resistance tests, so it would be great to see a waterproof iPhone this year.
The rumour mill has been spilling information about the forthcoming iPhone, but there isn’t consistency regarding the flush home button. What seems to have been “confirmed” by various sources is that Apple is about to drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack in favour of the all-in-one Lightning port, leaving room for a stereo speaker system. There are rumours of wireless charging coming the iPhone and, possibly, a bigger battery.