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iPhone 7 to Eliminate Home Button, Have Better Battery Life, Get Sapphire Display Cover?

iPhone 7 to Eliminate Home Button, Have Better Battery Life, Get Sapphire Display Cover?

Posted October 20, 2015 at 3:32pm by iClarified
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Muster has outlined his expectations for the iPhone 7 in a research note to clients. Munster gives AAPL a price target of $172 and selects the stock as his top large-cap pick, displacing Amazon.

Apple's stock is said to have three big catalysts over the next year. A strong holiday quarter driven by new Apple Watch, iPad Pro, and Apple TV products. A shift in upgrade policies by US carriers that will provide a 3% tailwind to units over the next few years, magnifying to 5-7% as other countries follow and anticipation for a more revolutionary iPhone 7.

Munster thinks the iPhone 7 could change the shape, dimensions, and other physical aspects of the popular smartphone.

While we are still almost a year away from the next iPhone launch, we believe it is worth considering what the next cycle may bring. Given a number change cycle, we expect the iPhone 7 to sport a unique design from the iPhone 6/6S. As many have speculated, the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller. One barrier to this could be Touch ID, which is integrated into the home button currently. Apple would need to move the Touch ID reader to potentially the side of the phone to remove the home button. We believe a home-buttonless iPhone has a 50% chance for the iPhone 7.

Another area on which we believe Apple may focus is battery life. Looking at Macs over the past few years, Apple has close to doubled battery life for its Macbook line up (largely 5 hour battery to ~10 hours). It has achieved this through more efficient processors and software. We believe battery life is one of the biggest areas of potential improvement and one that might be most welcomed by customers. Finally, a sapphire screen has long been rumored for the iPhone. Since Apple now uses sapphire on the Apple Watch, it could make sense for them to adapt it to the phone. We note that Apple is using the stronger aluminum from the Apple Watch Sport for the iPhone 6S case.

It's very early for any of these predictions but make sure to follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for updates on Apple's future devices.

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Zahradden4u - October 23, 2015 at 11:27am
What I recommend is to light up Apple logo that is at the back, especially when on calls.
SteveJobsApple - October 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
All you need is SHOWOFF or a better phone battery life.
Jiang Wei
Jiang Wei - October 22, 2015 at 7:58am
what is an iPhone without a home button that's what made it good
gamerscul9870 - October 22, 2015 at 9:28pm
Just like galaxy when it once had removable battery, water resistance, and sd card. I wouldn't be surprised if it to removed home button.
gamerscul9870 - October 20, 2015 at 6:59pm
No. The home button is useful and means so much even with what was revealed and improved. The home button is a tradition to the iPhone. Imagine the home button becoming just a touch function and if it happens by accident.
The iDevice Pro
The iDevice Pro - October 20, 2015 at 10:27pm
Nat, for once I completely agree with you.
Nas - October 21, 2015 at 3:47am
@The iDevice Pro, i was just about to say the same thing! Lol
justabrake - October 20, 2015 at 6:18pm
eliminate the home button and more room for the bigger battery
Kiddelton - October 20, 2015 at 6:10pm
Apple is smart show off 3D Touch in 6s think they going to move it yes that's the reason for a touch of 3D Touch now moving the home button give you more screen size and more 3D option
MikeD - October 20, 2015 at 6:09pm
Navigational physical buttons... That's so like 3 years ago!
gamerscul9870 - October 20, 2015 at 6:57pm
Don't see why we should need to.
SimonSays - October 20, 2015 at 4:56pm
Why all this talk of eliminating the home button. I love the home button!!! Leave it the hell alone!!!! No need to eliminate it, make it oval shape so it doesn't take up that much room, but don't eliminate it.
Anonymous - October 21, 2015 at 1:37am
I know right! Everybody wants to get rid of the home button! Why don't they get and android if that's what they want.
paulMOGG - October 20, 2015 at 4:32pm
What ever the changes will be in the iphone 7 they will move mobile phones forward as always this years tag line proves this !
Vic - October 20, 2015 at 4:07pm
This is most definitely true, but idk about the sapphire just yet. This upcoming iPhone will def be something amazing tho. You can tell Apple was saving top notch OS features for iOS 10 since this will be the 10th iPhone. What they really need to do is up the screen resolution for sure.
justabrake - October 20, 2015 at 3:55pm
when in progress we'll hear that sapphire is too expensive or they couldn't get enough or some excuse and then the button couldn't be changed because of the OS or something ! They were saying eliminating the button years ago .........
Amatmulisha - October 20, 2015 at 3:43pm
Look promising.very excited for this to announces soon.
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