Apple iPhone 8 may replace home button for gesture controls
Apple has yet to send out invitations marking the September event
Apple is expected to release three new smartphones next month, one being its anniversary iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 8, however with less than two weeks to go a new rumour has emerged.
Along with the release of the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus, the high-end iPhone 8 may possibly come without the physical home button.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has reported that the user interface of the iPhone 8 will instead be solely software based. With this update, it could mean that Apple may replace the actions with gestures.
The physical button on Apple's current iPhone models work by pressing once on the button to access the home screen, twice to view a stacked list of cards for multitasking and a long press to access Apple's Siri.
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Bloomberg's Gurman predicts for the iPhone 8 UI:
- Dock: The dock housing commonly-used apps will be "redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11." Underneath the dock will be a "thin, software bar in lieu of the home button." Users can drag up from here to the middle of the display to open the phone, or use the same gesture to start multitasking when inside an app.
- Multitasking: This interface will be "redesigned to appear like a series of standalone cards that can be swiped through, versus the stack of cards on current iPhones."
- Status bar: This will be split into two "ears" on either side of the notch. "[T]he left side shows the time while the area on the right side of the notch displays cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity and remaining battery life," writes Gurman. Whether or not Apple will choose to hide the notch by making the status bar black has been the subject of some speculation, but Gurman reports the company will embrace it, with leaked images "showing a definitive cutout at the top of apps with non-black backgrounds." The status bar will also reportedly "change based on the task at hand," although exactly how is unclear.
Source: The Verge