According to Evan Blass, Apple will launch the iPhone 7, also rumored to be called the iPhone 6SE, the week of 12 September. Later, Blass specified that 16 September would be the actual release date, on which customers would be able to get their hands on the new iPhones.
Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac that in digging for further details, Blass also determined that pre-orders will begin on 9 September. That would mean that the new iPhones would ship to customers and stores the week of 12 September, specifically, on Friday, 16 September, while Apple’s launch event would be held the week of 5 September, probably on Tuesday, 6 September or Wednesday, 7 September.
Hall notes that opening iPhone preorders a week before the retail release date aligns with Apple’s actions in previous years, though last year, Apple had a two-week period between orders and availability. A 16 September retail release would be slightly earlier than past iPhone releases, though that could help Apple to sell more iPhones in the next quarter. Apple hasn’t yet made any announcements about its iPhone event or the date for it, but it’s expected that other product lines due for a refresh, like the Mac and the Apple Watch, could also be featured at the event.
One of the features that many watchers are concerned about is the home button on the iPhone 7. According to Neil Hughes of Apple Insider, the home button won’t physically click when pressed, but will simulate a click with haptic feedback. According to a pair of new reports about the home button, it will no longer physically depress. By choosing a static, capacitive home button, Apple could make the next iPhone thinner. The iPhone 7 is rumored to be the thinnest iPhone yet, and could possibly measure just 6mm thick.
A home button that doesn't click would likely simulate the feel of a click with haptic feedback, like the Force Touch trackpad on the 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pros.
The Force Touch trackpad also sense pressure, like the display on the Apple Watch or the iPhone 6s, in order to differentiate a tap from a press. The new iPhone home button would likely do the same. Buster Hein reports for Cult of Mac that the new home button may be flush with the rest of the iPhone body, which may help to make the new iPhone more waterproof. A flush home button would provide fewer paths for water to enter the device and destroy internal components.
If this is really true, then there's only a few weeks left before iPhone users will find out.