Apple Kicks Home Button to the Curb on iPhone 8

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, an often reliable source of Apple leaks, the tech giant plans to replace functionality traditionally tied to the home button - returning to the home screen, accessing Siri and launching multitasking - through a new contextual navigation dock. Instead of a physical home button, there's going to be a thin, software bar. "With the iPhone being Apple's flagship product this could be a defining moment for the company". A new Apple Watch, potentially including onboard support for a dedicated cellular connection and HomePod, Apple's forthcoming smart speaker, which the company revealed in June at its annual developers conference.

A new report from Bloomberg provides an in-depth look at the user interface changes that will likely accompany the buttonless "iPhone 8" expected to make its debut next month. That includes ditching the Home button in favor of waving your finger around, it turns out.

Apple's current lineup of devices starts at £599 for the 32GB iPhone 7 but rises to £919 for the fully loaded iPhone 7 Plus.

Leaked images from Apple's supply chain in Asia, discovered by Benjamin Gesik, show two other purported iPhone 8 components, including the OLED screen, and the motherboard. The video appeared on Softpedia and shows an iPhone 8 lookalike running a possible custom ROM of iOS 11. Additionally, the smartphone has an area at the top where Apple is planning to bundle its camera and sensors, including its new 3D facial recognition sensor. While the iPhone maker has not yet thrown out a press invites that would confirm that iPhone 8 launch date, a number of reliable sources mentioned it, which potentially means an announcement is impending.

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The phone is also rumoured to feature wireless charging thanks to new design features being built into the phone.

"For me, it's the imminent launch of the iPhone 8, due for September 12". In addition to being faster, these new processors are also more energy efficient, which should help cut down battery consumption when performing regular tasks. The iPhone 8's display said to be flat, and won't have curved edges like the ones feature on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

This leads me to believe that, as far as Broadcom dollar content in the new iPhones goes, there's no difference between an iPhone 7s and a premium OLED iPhone. Considerably, it can only be used by charging pads approved by Apple.

  • Joe Gonzales