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Some Big New iPhone 8 Design Changes Have Been Leaked

by : Francesca Donovan on : 22 Jan 2017 16:35

If you don’t like change, look away immediately. You are not going to like this.

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Apple will be removing the home button in their next generation of iPhones, according to a new report.

No longer will you be able to feel the safety of your home screen in the instantaneous click of a button.

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Instead, Apple are planning to replace the friendly round tangible button with a sensor embedded into the handset screen.

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Apple plans to stretch the touch screen to the edge of the handset, meaning the home screen button will have to be replaced with something a little less clickable.

According to the Independent, Apple will have to develop a new version of its current Touch ID fingerprint sensor – complete with optional ‘clickability’ – because it can’t be included within the battery-saving high resolution OLED screens Apple hope to implement in new models.

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While the changes might seem like a gratuitous waste of time at the moment, they mark the beginning of a range of new additions that could develop into a biometric system for checking who is using the phone – and make you feel like a spy every time you answer the phone to your mum.

The new sensor technology will work alongside facial recognition software, according to KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been a reliable source of Apple leaks for years.

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Presumably, this intelligent design will eventually become the primary way of logging into a phone and consequentially will improve the safety of all the data stored on you iPhone.

The change has been rumoured for a while among Inspector Gadget types and it turns out – alarmingly – Apple have tested the functionality on us human guinea pigs right under our noses.

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Apple trialled this change when they released the iPhone 7 which features a home screen sensor disguised as a button.

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The iPhone 7 ‘button’ uses a set of sensors to know when it is being pressed, and precise motors to give the feeling that a button is being pushed for the user.

Between this and the loss of a heaphone jack, at least we can figure out what is real and what is not by the time we get the iPhone 8 and recover from this betrayal.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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  1. Independent

    iPhone 8 to lose home button and traditional fingerprint sensor, report claims