While we’re just a couple weeks away from the launch of Apple’s next(seventh iteration) iPhone, the internet is already abuzz with chatter about the changes for the 2017 iPhone. According to a Bloomberg report discussing a new mobile payment method powered by Sony FeliCa chips in Japan, Mark Gurman yet again confirms the removal of the home button in the iPhone 8 coming in 2017.
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.
There have already been rumors about the replacement of the current Touch ID-powered home button with a surface based, pressure-sensitive one that will provide haptic feedback when pressed. The decision to remove the home button and make the iPhone look like a single piece of glass has been in the works since 2011. And Apple may finally have the technology to act upon its plan and remove the redundant and problematic home button.
This news corroborates with other reports, including Wall Street Journal’s, talking about next year’s iPhone. WSJ believes that with the release of the next iPhones coinciding with the device’s 10th Anniversary, Cupertino is planning to make the entire front of the device “to appear like a single sheet of glass.”
As reported earlier, Apple is finally taking steps to introduce a ridiculous number of innovative changes in the iPhone debuting in 2017. Much like Samsung’s S7 Edge, the iPhone 8 is expected to feature a complete design overhaul with an edge-to-edge flexible OLED display. It is believed that this iteration will also do away with the top and bottom bezels, along with the fingerprint sensor and replace the same with Force Touch, like on the Mac.
Apple is also expected to finally move away from aluminum and feature a complete glass-covered body. Other features that may be included in the third ‘Plus’ model that will debut next year are wireless charging, no headphoen jack, dual rear-end camera, and an enhanced Haptik engine.
Oh! I’m already excited for 2017! What do you think, will Apple remove the Home button in iPhone 8? Comment your thoughts down below.