We’re merely weeks away from the official unveiling of Apple’s brand new iPhone, but details on 2017’s iPhone have already started surfacing. According to Bloomberg, next year’s iPhone – or iPhones, if the Cupertino company sticks to its current trend of releasing two different sizes of its flagship smartphone – will not feature the iconic home button.
If this report turns out to be true, the 2017 iPhone will be the first device in the series to not feature a physical home button – that is, if this year’s iPhone is equipped with said button. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time the 2017 iPhone is said to not be packing a home button: an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal also said the same thing.
Other rumours circulating the 2017 iPhone also mentioned that the device will be the first iPhone to be packing an AMOLED display. With such a panel, it will be possible to make next year’s iPhone “appear like a single sheet of glass” on the front. If such a design element is desired by Apple, the removal of the home button is definitely necessary.
As for this year’s iPhone, many believe that it will be boasting a pressure-sensitive home button; it is said to share the same mechanics as the Apple Watch’s Force Touch display and the new MacBook’s pressure-sensitive trackpad. The upcoming iPhone is also said to feature redesigned antenna lines, not to mention the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack. Regardless, all will be revealed next month when Apple officially introduces the new iPhone.