Earlier on Monday we noticed one sketchy rumor declare Apple was working on an iPhone and not using a physical Home button. Now a 2nd report from AppleInsider has surfaced to back up these claims.
Citing a source who has confirmed reliable previously, the Apple-focused weblog notes that Cupertino actually is working on this button-less iPhone. However, the device would not truly arrive until at least 2017. For now it is just a “long term aim” that could simply get scrapped.
The report notes that Apple might be capable to ditch its Home button even sooner if it was not for Touch ID. The corporate’s fingerprint reader must find a new home, and for now it is unclear where it’ll go. Acco. to earlier rumors, Cupertino is creating a new chip that would make it possible to embed a biometric sensor right into the touchscreen, however, AppleInsider was not able to confirm that detail.
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If Apple can figure out an answer we’d see a Home button-free iPhone in just a few quick years. At best that likely means the technology would launch with the iPhone 7s (based on the corporate’s present naming sequence), thought such a drastic change might call for a wholly new name. Perhaps by then we will be ready to move on to a thinner and lighter iPhone Air without all these physical buttons weighing it down.