Rumors has it that Apple is planning to ditch its iconic Home button for the next year iPhone models, according to Bloomberg report. The 2017 iPhone release date is far away from this year’s iPhone 7 launch, even then we are hearing about the new iPhone which will arrive next year that is said to come with radically redesigned hardware material, and thus eliminate the Home button. More evidence of glass iPhone has emerged now. Here’s how an iPhone without a Home button might work.
By now we are accompanied with the reports that confirmed in a wider range focusing on new FeliCa mobile payments features coming to Japan, the same source also suggests that the 2017 iPhone will not feature a Home button, which may be called the iPhone 8. Featuring a complete design overhaul with an edge-to-edge flexible OLED display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera are housed.
In favor of a ‘single sheet of glass’, Apple prepping to get rid of Home button next year, which iPhone fans have grown accustomed to over the last decade. That would allow the whole front of the phone to appear like a single sheet of glass. If that’s the case then the latter concern Apple’s 2017 smartphones comes with a surprise they might hold. Anniversary iPhone will bring a major redesign to the front panel, ditching the signature home button in the process.
“Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter.”
Currently, the main rumor mill is surrounding at this year’s upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcements. Another purported part of the new design is a glass chassis that sources claim Foxconn has been developing and experimenting with for over a year now. Instead, the functionality of the Home button, including Touch ID sensor, may be built-in directly into the display, if anything goes right beyond the mentioned report.
Apple design chief Jony Ive is said to have wanted to build an iPhone that looks pretty much like a single sheet of glass for several years, and 2017, the year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, is when it will happen. With that said, Apple may introduce a third, premium smartphone next year with a curved edge display like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. In fact, the report cites Samsung may produce these curved OLED displays. So that the next-generation iPhone display may also feature edges that are curved on both sides, that too with a glass body.
Other feature specifications that may built into the 2017 iPhone include a wireless charging, an enhanced Taptic engine, and new biometric capabilities like iris scanner or facial recognition etc.
For now, iPhone 7 is said to remove the headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, contain two rear cameras-bound iPhone 7 Plus, and a memory boost to 3GB of RAM, as per the earlier reports. It is also said to come with a pressure-sensitive Home button that relies on the same type of haptic feedback used in the Apple Watch and the trackpad of the new Apple MacBook.
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