Apple to Eliminate Home Button in 2017 iPhone

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    The radically redesigned iPhone coming in 2017 will not feature a Home button, Bloomberg today confirmed in a wider report focusing on new mobile payment features coming to Japan.
    According to past rumors, the 2017 iPhone, which may be called the iPhone 8, will feature a complete design overhaul with an edge-to-edge flexible OLED display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera are housed.

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    Instead, the functionality of the Home button, including Touch ID, may be built directly into the display. Apple design chief Jony Ive is said to have wanted to build an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years, and 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, is when it will happen.

    The iPhone display may also feature edges that are curved on both sides, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and it is rumored to have a glass body, moving away from the aluminum that's been used for iPhones since the iPhone 5. Other features that may be built into the 2017 iPhone include wireless charging, an enhanced Taptic engine, and new biometric capabilities like iris scanning or facial recognition.

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  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 65816

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    hopefully a liquidmetal body too. could be that mentioned "glass body" since liquidmetal is structurally like glass.
     
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    you can have my home button, but you CAN'T TAKE MY HEADPHONE JACK
     
  5. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    They'll probably get rid of the mute switch as well, they already did with the iPad...

    And, of course, don't forget about the headphone jack.
     
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    More proof that Apple will have an iPhone similar to:[​IMG]

    Now proof that they have touch-id IN display like in the new MacBook
     
  8. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I guess I can hold on to my iPhone 6 Plus for one more year. I reckon the 2017 iPhone will be released June 29. ;)
     
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    I'm about to keep my 6 plus 3 years on a rumor. It's also still a very good phone.
     
  10. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

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    Bring on that iPhone. I'm only 26 and somehow it'll make me feel young again (read: college years). Those "old" days when Apple would innovate.

    The last year I remember an iPhone being awesome compared to everything else was the iPhone 4, which was the last year I was in college.
     
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    Edge display is by the far the most annoying display ever. I despise it since the S6 Edge/S6 Edge Plus. Immersive curved experience is LG G-Flex, nothing beats it.
     
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    An edge to edge display would be neat.

    They could call it the iPhone 8 Edge. :D

    Can't innovate anymore my ass.
     
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    Except it's not like Samsung's edge-to-edge which leaves the top and bottom bezels
     
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    So the iPhone 8 is today's Galaxy Note 7...

    It's sad they're giving us the crappy iPhone 6SE now and we have to wait because of this stupid hold out..
     
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    Curious, what happens to all the tech at the top of the phone? Ear peace, prox/ambient sensor, camera?
     
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    Great. And without the audio jack and an even smaller battery, we'll finally get the thinner, less functional iPhone we never knew we wanted.
     
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    This is my first post on MacRumors (though I've been lurking forever...)

    I was really excited when I saw the mockup. Now everything that Apple's been trying to do makes sense.
    Remove the headphone jack - Check
    Multi-orientation speakers (currently on iPad Pro) - Check
    Taptic engine - Check
    No physical Home Button - Coming

    Imagine an iPhone that you can pick up, not worry about the orientation, and just use it.
    No more fumbling around to figure out which is the microphone end and which is the head end.

    This is just the beginning....

    UPDATE: Before everyone jumps in and say that it is not going to happen in 2017, I should say that I didn't expect that THIS will be the 2017 iPhone, just that I can see it happening eventually given the way things are evolving. Besides, Apple is not known to put everything into one single upgrade. All the bits and pieces will trickle out on different devices before it all comes together.

    PS: I see the rumored MacBook Pro OLED function keys as one more piece of the puzzle to test out software-defined buttons.
     
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    iPhone with out a headphone jack [​IMG]

    iPhone without a home button

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  21. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    So where does Touch ID go? How do you hard-reset your phone now?
     
  22. Soccertess macrumors 6502a

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    Cool rumor, shame though that it will be 3 years with the same form factor, which is not acceptable. Especially when those benzels are the biggest in the industry!

    Not sure if I'll jump ship before that though, those Samsungs are looking super appealing!
     
  23. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

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    Months? It has been a rumor for years. Hopefully it's happening at last.
     
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    Pretty sticky ... maybe just go with water first, to see if it really is waterproof.
     

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