Apple's possible launch date for the iPhone 8

31 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • The end of the small screen

The home button has been a staple in iPhone design since the beginning. We now have some idea. Apple will release their 10th anniversary iPhone next month the iPhone 8. But Apple is looking to replace it with gesture controls, adding a "thin software bar" to the bottom of the screen where the home button is usually placed.

Here's how it would work. Bloomberg's report clears it up by stating that the cutout will be visible while people are using apps and Apple won't hide it by giving the status bar at the top with a black background. That news was way ahead of reports talking about Apple's iPhone x using advanced facial recognition for nearly instant authentication. Inside an app, the same move opens the multitasking view, which has been redesigned "to appear like a series of standalone cards that can be swiped through, versus the stack of cards on current iPhones".

'Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations, ' David Hsieh of HSI Markit. The new virtual home button is going to be called "Home Indicator".

On Google's Pixel, the fingerprint sensor is actually on the back, so users can use the screen with their thumb.

The device is expected to go for more than $1,000-and some analysts have expected it could be as expensive as $1,400. In addition, iPhone 8 is said to be equipped with innovative features and high-end hardware specs which make it worth its price tag. The overall footprint is closer to the iPhone 7 than the iPhone 7 Plus. As noted, Apple inspires so many small and big companies around the world that copies the design, look and feel and even the user interface of Apple devices.

The iPhone 8 will look similar to our imagining of the iPhone in 2020, with a virtually bezel-less screen. Based on test images that Bloomberg saw, the left "ear" will display the time, while the right will display cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, and the battery life. Some other physical details include rounded edges for the screen, a longer power button, a glass front and back and stainless steel edges with antenna cuts on the corners.

The world is still reeling from Apple's decision to snip the headphone port off iPhone 7 - but a bigger change could be incoming. Sources also indicate that the screen is taller than the iPhone 7 Plus screen, meaning it could show more of a web page, or additional text messages; however the new screen will still only show six vertical rows of apps, plus the dock.

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