If Apple keeps up with tradition, fans will most likely witness a design change in iPhone 7. Chances are, Apple could possibly be seen doing away with the home button on the future-generation iPhones.

According to CNET, Apple may have already started moving in the direction of iPhones with no home buttons. With the arrival of the iPhone 6S series which boasts of 3D Touch technology and a much-upgraded Siri, Apple could just be “laying the groundwork” for a major change in design with regards to the future-generation iPhones.

There are definite advantages to the home button being done away with — for one, the body could become smaller and still hold the same screen-size, as is the case with many Android phones supporting displays of the same size as that on the iPhones.

There is no denying that the home button embedded in the device’s form factor gives iPhone its identity in more ways than one. If a button-less iPhone is to arrive in the future, there is no saying how it will go down with the iPhone fans.

Such a massive change in design may probably not be seen in iPhone 7, but what we do know is that the device is rumored to be the thinnest iPhone ever.

Earlier this month, a report on Apple Insider revealed a copy of a note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, indicating the iPhone 7 could boast of a 6.0 – 6.5 millimeters sleek chassis. If this does prove to be true, it will be interesting to see how Apple achieves this iPod Touch and Air 2 level sleekness on the iPhone without repeating the bendgate scenario.

Speculations also surfaced about a smoke detector feature in the next-gen iPhones when Apple’s U.S. patent “Wireless Device Networks with Smoke Detection Capabilities” came under the spotlight. It is quite unlikely that the iPhone 7 will have this feature.

Fans can keep coming back for more updates and news on the next iPhone.