In their journey to making phones as slim as possible, manufacturers are making a lot of sacrifices, starting with battery and camera units as small as possible. Still, the folks over Apple have a new idea which can help them to achieve a thin profile: removing their signature round home button.
Simplicity is key
According to News.com.au, this move would fulfill Steve Jobs’ wish of making Apple devices as thin, lightweight and simple as possible. Ok, iPhones would indeed look good without a button, as lot of high-end flagships don’t come with such feature and look really good.
Just think at the HTC One M9 or the LG G4, two of the most recent flagships without a home button. Aren’t they looking great?
On the other side, let’s not forget the fact that the tiny round button is housing a fingerprint scanner and it’s in charge with other features. In this case, Apple should reconfigure their phone and add on-screen buttons, while the fingerprint sensor could be moved somewhere on the back.
Also, this implies developing new chips, which Apple has already started doing. It seems that the iPhone models which will use them will be ultra-thin, with ultra-narrow displays. Also, since the home button will be gone, they will also feature a whole-plane design.
Could we see this on the iPhone 7S?
But don’t get to excited, as they’re expected to be released in 2017, if all these rumors turn out to be true, of course.
We’d definitely love to see this happening, as this would automatically result in slimmer bezels and compact devices. We don’t exclude the scenario in which the phone keeps the same dimensions but the display gets a size boost. Anything is possible when it comes to technology!
What do you think about Apple’s idea? Would you buy an iPhone without a physical home button?