Apple is reportedly readying a massive iPhone redesign for release in 2017, which will reportedly axe the handset’s home button.
It seems like every late August the iPhone rumour mill enters silly season; we get amazing reports of how Apple’s next handset will have quadcopter blades, will be see-through glass, and will probably axe its iconic home button.
That last one you’ve most likely heard before; ever since the rumoured introduction of a fingerprint scanner became a reality on the iPhone 5s, reports have circulated that Apple is working to remove their handset’s home button altogether. Read: All glass iPhone on the cards as Foxconn develops glass casing
Now, new reports have posited that Apple will finally make that move in 2017. Bloomberg reported today that “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.”
Who is that unknown source? We’re not sure, but that hasn’t stopped multiple outlets reporting that 2017’s iPhone will do away with a home button and will feature a flexible OLED display.
We’d argue that the latter is unlikely, but that the former is possible. 2017 will mark the iPhone’s first decade, and recent advances with buttonless fingerprint scanners – as pioneered by LG – could well make an uninterrupted display possible.
That display would reportedly feature a glass body and an edge-to-edge display in a similar vein to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S7 Edge, S6 Edge +, and Note 7. Advances related to Apple’s taptic engine could further integrate fingerprint scanning technology with the ability to use 3D touch. Read: Could the Apple Watch‘s Crown Dial come to the iPhone and iPad?
What are your thoughts? Could you live without a designated home button? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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