Apple Will Remove iPhone Home Button in High-End New Phone

The end of the small screen

A new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, who has historically been one of the most reliable Apple reporters, reveals at least one possible way the iPhone 8 will make up for the lack of a home button. 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.

After The Wall Street Journal said earlier this week that Apple has scheduled its iPhone 8 event for September 12th, seemingly confirming earlier rumors, a new report offers the same date for Apple's yearly iPhone event, but there's a twist.

A non-functioning model of the redesigned iPhone including YouTube/MKBHDApple is now preparing for a launch event reported to take place next month where it will reveal the latest iPhones. "With the iPhone being Apple's flagship product this could be a defining moment for the company". The image above suggests that the previous leaks were accurate to suggest the phone will have an L-shaped battery. The interface of the dock is similar to what we've seen in iOS 11 on iPads.

The device will also feature wireless charging, as Apple finally catches up to Android. Seventy per cent of iPhone owners said they wouldn't switch phone brands, making it a lot more likely people will buy the high-priced device simply because change is hard.

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The event is expected to feature updates to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, as well as a significant new handset with a different design and a screen which nearly covers the entire front panel. That means having a way to slide the display halfway down-currently achieved by double-tapping the home button-is more important than ever. The rear panel shows the vertical dual-lens camera setup, which might be a real deal with the upcoming iPhone 8. Swiping up again goes back to the home screen. The upcoming September 12 product event of Apple could very well be its most important over the past several years.

It will also come with a faster processor and a clearer, brighter screen, according to the report.

In other words, this iPhone launch, which some analysts could fetch as much as $1,200 or even as much as $1,400, is expected to be more than just Apple's typical incremental hardware upgrade. With a crisper screen that takes up almost the entire front, Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button - even a digital one - in favor of new gesture controls for tasks like going to the main app grid and opening multitasking, according to the people and the images.

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