iPhone 7 now seems likely to come in Space Black to match Apple Watch, as other rumors emerge


While a previous Macotakara report suggested that the iPhone 7 would be available in a deep blue color, replacing Space Gray, the blog is now suggesting that this is not the *case*.

I have heard another information that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color. Also, the new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black.

This tallies with something heard from one of our own sources …

We’ve been told that the iPhone 7 will be available in ‘a new Space Black finish, similar to the Apple Watch.’

That source also claims that the Home button – still a physical one in this generation – will feature haptic feedback to simulate a click, using the same approach as Force Touch. This is consistent with a much earlier report suggesting a non-moving button. For that to be the case, Apple could need to use a different physical button for a reset, perhaps one of the volume buttons.

Far more sketchy: The Apple Watch 2 is said to include GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry an iPhone, and the Workout app reportedly will gain the ability to track swimming – suggesting a higher level of waterproofing in the next Apple Watch.

On the MacBook Pro front, the rumored OLED touchscreen bar is said to be accompanied by a Touch ID sensor for fingerprint login. We already know that macOS Sierra offers Auto Unlock when a Mac is in proximity to your Apple Watch, reducing the need for Touch ID on the Mac, but this would still be a useful feature for Mac owners without an Apple Watch. That source says the Touch ID sensor will be combined with the power button, which would certainly make sense.

Finally, we’re hearing again that Apple is working on its own fully wireless EarPods, along the lines of the Bragi Dash. That Apple would offer its own wireless EarPods to coincide with the launch of an iPhone with no headphone socket is again a logical expectation, and the fully-wireless approach pioneered by Bragi would seem an Apple-like approach.

The iPhone 7 in Space Black, then, seems to be a likely bet. The other whispers we’re categorizing for now merely as logical-sounding possibilities.

You can catch up on all the latest iPhone 7 rumors at our new iPhone 7 guide, scrolling down for the individual stories.

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