“Next year’s iPhone may be called the iPhone 8, recent reports have suggested, and the handset is expected to feature a face that is almost entirely taken up by the display, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans,” Chris Smith reports for BGR. “There’s plenty of ‘proof’ to support the idea that the home button is going away — well, it’s going to be relocated — but until today there was no evidence that the top bezel of the handset would also be removed.”
“The bottom bezel only houses the home button, which means that Apple can turn that unused real estate into screen space by burying the button under the display. And Apple patents already prove that such technology is in development,” Smith reports. “But the top bezel is more complex. It contains the ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, the front speaker and the front-facing camera.”
“A new patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals that Apple is indeed looking to relocate the front-facing sensors to beneath the display,” Smith reports. “Apple’s description of the technology is quite telling, as it shows the company isn’t happy with bezels on the iPhone. It’s just that previous technology would not accommodate Apple’s design ideas… Interestingly, the patent also mentions OLED as the type of screen technology in question, which can be seen as more evidence that Apple’s next iPhone will have an OLED display rather than LCD.”
Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The “10th Anniversary iPhone” will be all-new. So new, that the fragmandroid peddlers will have even less of an answer than they do today with their slow fakes; no answer whatsoever.