Apple’s next iPhone will probably ditch the physical home button

Apple iPhone in 2017: End of home button and edge to edge display is being rumoured as iPhone 7 starts hitting the stores

By: Tech Desk | Published:September 14, 2016 4:20 pm
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Apple iPhone 7 is here but that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about the next generation iPhone. In its review of iPhone 7, New York Times mentions next iPhone will ditch the physical home button for a virtual button built right into the display. The rumours indicate next iPhone’s entire front will be dominated by a screen ending the presence of physical button.

This is not the first time we are hearing about the next iPhone. Key Apple analysts earlier predicted Apple preparing a radically redesigned smartphone for next year, when iPhone turns a decade old gadget. Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal both reported on Apple’s plan to ditch the home button and use an edge-to-edge display for the next few iPhone. NYT is the latest to join the list by citing anonymous Apple employees.

Apple’s next iPhone is rumoured to ditch the physical home button and use edge-to-edge display. It is unclear how Apple will implement an on-screen button. It is also unclear how Apple will also make way for the fingerprint scanner without having a physical home button. This could well be the future of 3D Touch, considering how significant the new technology is for Apple and its iOS 10 ecosystem.

Some Android phones have already ditched the home button in favour of on screen controls but Apple may not go that way. If Apple really ditches the home button then it would like to put Siri at the helm of its next device. Siri has been empowered to a great deal with iOS 10 and company could leverage it and may even add iris scanner like Galaxy Note 7 for device unlock and Apple Pay authentication.

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If leaks keep generating like this then we will surely know about the next iPhone well ahead of the launch in September next year.