More insiders speak of 2017 iPhone with ‘full-screen face’ and virtual embedded home button
This running gag has been making the rounds online even before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were officially unveiled, suggesting Apple would be dropping features, functions and components every year going forward until iOS handhelds are nothing but plain, solid, super-thin slabs of glass.
Ironically, it seems that after the 7’s controversial headphone jack exclusion, one of the biggest changes in store for next year’s anniversary iPhone release might be the altogether removal of the home key.
Already, the iconic physical, clicky button also hiding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor has turned capacitive, mostly to sit flush with the rest of the iPhone 7 body, and facilitate water resistance. But the 2017 7s or 8 generation is said to integrate a “virtual button built directly into the screen” by “two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity” with The New York Times.
If today’s insider-based report sounds familiar, it’s probably because this isn’t the first reputable publication to hint at such an ambitious design and functionality revision for next September, various credible sources putting their own spin on essentially the same story.
Yet again, we’re hearing of a “full-screen face” in the pipeline, i.e. no bezels, i.e. an all-glass iPhone 8/7s, possibly with AMOLED panels supplied by Samsung, maybe even dual-edged in a top-shelf “Pro” derivation, and adopting one of those ultrasonic fingerprint recognition solutions you can embed in the actual display.
Source: NY Times