The iPhone 8 is ditching the home button for gesture controls, according to the latest report. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reportedly saw images of the much awaited iPhone 8.
He says the iPhone 8 will feature some big changes we have not seen since iPhone debut 10 years ago, including an almost all-screen front.
Apparently, Apple has many iPhone designs in testing, including the one that eliminates the home button – either digital or physical – entirely.
Instead of using the home button to perform functions like viewing app screens and calling up Siri, users of iPhone 8 will maneuver around it using gestures.
At least one design features one slender software bar along the iPhone 8 screen button. Users drag the bar upward in other to unlock the iPhone and more swipes and flicks open the multitasking function or close apps.
It is possible that consumers get a quite different iPhone to the concepts Apple is currently testing, so you shouldn’t take today’s report as a confirmation that the iPhone 8 will ditch the home button for gesture control.
However, it is increasingly sounding like Apple is leaning that way as it looks to make a splash with its 10th anniversary iPhone.
iPhone 8 may not look like your standard iPhone
In addition to ditching the home button, Gurman also reports the iPhone 8’s OLED screen will be larger and taller than that of iPhone 7 Plus, though the phone’s size will be close to the iPhone 7.
A metal band with antennas reportedly runs around the iPhone 8’s edge and the phone’s bezels will be uniform around its entire screen.
It means the thick black strips where the home button and earpiece on current-gen iPhones will no longer be there.
According to today’s report, the iPhone 8 will have a shelf along the top where the sensor, front camera, antenna and earpiece will be housed.
Other details we got from Bloomberg’s report include a dock along the bottom of the iPhone 8 that takes cues from the iPad.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7S Plus, iPhone 7S, 4K Apple TV and Apple Watch 3 alongside the iPhone 8. Apple’s new devices will be launched during the upcoming Apple event that we heard will take place on September 12.
Don’t like the iPhone 8? Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.