Next year's iPhone is expected to ditch the iconic Home button and feature an OLED display.
(CCM) — Apple plans to reignite interest in the iPhone with a radical redesign for its flagship product — but the new look smartphones won't be available until 2017, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Next year's iPhone will look drastically different from the current model, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and an embedded Touch ID sensor. This will enable Apple to do away with the iPhone's iconic Home button, which has been a feature of the phones since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007.
The iPhone 7, which is due for release in the next few months, will be based on the same design as the current iPhone 6S, the report says. The main difference between the iPhone 7 and its predecessors will be the disappearance of the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. In its place audio will be handled by the Lightning port, which is also used to charge the smartphone, and users will be able to connect wireless headphones over a Bluetooth connection. By removing the headphone jack, Apple will be able to make the iPhone 7 thinner and more water resistant. The iPhone 7's antenna may also be redesigned, and a deep blue color option could be introduced.
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