There's new evidence that the iPhone 7 or whatever it's called could come with a 'Force Touch ID' button.

The report stems from analyst Cowen and Company, which claims that Apple is looking into replacing the physical home button on its next smartphone with a capacitive alternative.

According to the analyst firm's research via Business Insider , Apple would utilise the Force Touch screen technology implemented in the iPhone 6S to enable pressure sensitivity and haptic or Taptic, to use Apple's nomenclature feedback for a virtual equivalent.

But until recently the consensus seemed to be that such a major design change would be reserved for next year's model.

All signs were pointing to a radical redesign for 2017's iPhone 8, with this year's iPhone 7 set to be a relatively modest overhaul of the iPhone 6 design.

That still seems set to be the case, but the iPhone 7 could well have this additional design flourish.

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