With a few days away from the big reveal, Apple will finally tell us the answer to the most asked question since the rumors and speculation have begun: will Apple finally let go of its iconic Home button? Leaked photos of the iPhone 8 design have led to the conclusion that this will be the first overhaul of the device since it was initially introduced back in 2007.
The removal of the physical Home buttons means that Apple has packed the new iPhone with more software power in order to make up for what the physical Home button had taken away. Apple’s new software, the iOS 11, is sure to have a lot of work to do.
Rumors Galore For The New iPhone
There are many stories surrounding the new iPhone model. Some have been that the new offering from Apple will be made of glass and stainless steel, and that the front part will be just screen from one to another. The quality of the display will also be changed since Apple is said to have moved on from LCD to an OLED display. Let’s hope that the quality improvement also includes durability. With the increased cost of the device should translate into higher iPhone screen repair prices for those who have butter fingers.
Antennas have also been reported to have a new design and the new iPhone will be getting the new iOS 11 and A11 chip from Apple.
Where Is The Home Button?
There are also rumors on the fate of the Home button on the new iPhone 8. As mentioned earlier, it is widely circulated that Apple will remove the physical Home Button. But how will that work?
Luckily, we have gathered reports detailing as to how the new iPhone will work without the physical Home button. It is said that the new iPhone will have a “thin, software bar” at the bottom of the screen that will serve as the replacement of the physical Home button. The user can then drag this bar up to the middle of the screen in order to unlock the phone. If the user is inside an application, the same gesture – dragging up to the middle of the screen – will also be used for multitasking. From there, a flick upwards will close the app and will take the user back to the home screen.
A New Look For Multitasking
The multitasking UI has been changed to look like a series of separate cards that the user can swiped through as compared to the stack of cards that can be seen on current iPhone’s. The software bar in lieu of the Home button has been rumored to be on the iPhone 8 for quite some time now.
However, nothing definite is seen and all we have to do is wait for the release of the iPhone 8 soon.
Apple To Make Their Announcement Soon
For those too eager, do not worry. It is reported that Apple will unveil the iPhone 8 alongside two lower end versions – the iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 7s – on September 12th. On the same day, Apple will also be releasing the Apple Watch Series 4 and a new 4K Apple TV. The new iPhone models are then expected to be released on September 22nd.