Apple’s 2017 iPhone to have edge-to-edge display with virtual Home button built directly into the screen, sources say

“There are two types of tech consumers: Those who upgrade on a fairly regular cycle (about every two years with smartphones) to embrace new technology, and those who upgrade only when they feel they need to,” Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times. “If you’re in the former camp and own an iPhone that is at least two years old, the decision is obvious: The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are great upgrades.”

“If you have, say, the four-year-old iPhone 5, you will see a great improvement with an iPhone 6S or a 7,” Chen reports. “But taking the leap to the 7 may be a wise bet, even for late technology adopters. Apple is likely to continue making iPhones without headphone jacks, and next year’s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen, according to two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity because the product details are private.”

“To compete with Apple, rivals may also eliminate the audio jack to make room for faster processors, better batteries and more durable parts,” Chen reports. “Sooner or later, consumers will probably look back at the iPhone’s puberty phase and accept that changes had to be made for the smartphone to mature. I, for one, am looking forward to a future with fewer wires.”

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MacDailyNews Take: One more time: If you always “wait for next year,” you’ll never get anything. We plan to fully enjoy this year with our 256GB Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus units. On that you can safely bet.

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  1. The fingerprint sensor built into the screen part is dubious.

    The sensor itself is a 500 ppi matrix so combining it with display would make both things worse, unless there would be some wonders of engineering to solve this.

    Another issue is to how to activate the sensor. Now Apple uses metal ring for that. Without such measure it would drain battery life. If you merge the sensor and the screen, you will have to always display’s touch sensor on, which also drains the battery.

    I hope Apple will eventually solve all of this, I am just not sure it will be next year already.

    1. I 100% agree.

      I’ll start paying attention to the 2017 iPhone rumors about June/July 2017. Until then virtually all of this is pure guess and nothing more. Even Apple has not locked down the design in any meaningful way other than: it will have a display, the SOC will be faster than the 2016 SOC, it will support virtually all carriers and have BT. Hell, it might even not have a Lightning connector for all anyone knows!

  2. I would imagine it would be a separate low power oled strip at the bottom like on the upcoming MacBooks to handle home button chores and a lot more. The circle In the center leaves a lot of unused real estate.
    When woken only the strip lights up with notifications instead of the whole screen saving battery life.
    And like the old blackberry trackball it would solve the silly reachability option and be able to traverse the entire screen effortlessly with one hand. It would be great for endless stuff including gaming.

    But lastly a separate oled screen wouldn’t break compability with all the iOS devices already on the market and would require far less effort from developers to update. Otherwise it would probably need another screen ratio change and break compatibility with everything else.

  3. If you guys haven’t heard, Samsung plans to re release their rectified phone with the S moniker S here is for safe. Finally they get they have a reason to steal the naming too.

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