Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is gearing up for the unveiling of the iPhone 7 next month. But the tech titan is already looking beyond to 2017 for the release of its 10th anniversary of its iPhone: the iPhone 8. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding this landmark mobile device. One of the latest rumors is that Apple may ditch the iconic home button for the iPhone 8. What are the implications for the iPhone?
Apple Inc. to Delete the Home Button?
Avid iPhone users may be skipping the iPhone 7 in September in order to wait for the iPhone 8. Over the next 12 months, media outlets, tech experts and dedicated Apple owners will be studying meticulously every comment, every report and every rumor of the historic 10th anniversary iPhone. Even before the release of the iPhone 7, many have already focused their attentions on the iPhone 8.
A lot of people have high hopes for the iPhone 8. One of the ideas being floated around is that it could have augmented reality and virtual reality features. The most recent concept? No home button!
According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Apple may get rid of the iPhone’s iconic home button in 2017. The article cited a person close to the situation, and the iPhone maker has not confirmed the reports.
Apple would replace the button with fingerprint sensors that would be built into the screen. This would prompt Apple’s Touch ID system to be employed. Moreover, it’s believed that the screen would be much larger and would convert from the traditional LCD screens to OLED displays.
Also, as previously reported, the iPhone 8 could ditch metal and embrace a durable all-glass look.
“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,’ the news outlet reports.
An spokesperson for the firm did not provide the website with a comment.
If the reports are true then Apple is ostensibly throwing everything it has at the iPhone 8.
Apple Inc. Making the iPhone 8 an Extravaganza
Apple iPhone sales have stalled in recent quarters. Whether it’s over-saturation or consumers being bored with smartphone technology, the iPhone, and smartphones in general, needs a major upgrade.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has shown an enthusiastic interest in both AR and VR. This has many concluding that the iPhone 8 will likely feature many of these AR and VR aspects. There are also reports that the 2017 edition of the iPhone will come with long-range wireless charging features.
All of these factors are leading pundits to suggest one thing: skip the iPhone 7. This makes sense considering that the smartphone maker is apparently presenting all of the meatier upgrades for next year’s smartphone.
Everything from OLED screens to all-glass body, from VR to the ditching of the home button, the iPhone 8 is something that tech enthusiasts have been waiting for for so long.
In the meantime, as Mvusi Ngubane writes:
“We can expect a lot more iPhone 8 talk to crop up as we edge closer to 2017. For now, Apple Inc. is highly set on rolling out the 2016 iPhone without a hitch.”