iPhone might lose the fingerprint scanner for virtual buttons
You might have to say goodbye to the iconic home button on the iPhone, as indicated by KGI Analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo in a new report.
Recent reports have already indicated that the Cupertino giant is going for a bezel-less layout for its upcoming iPhone, and now a report by Ming-Chi Kuo claims that in order to favour this very ambition, the brand might kill the home button completely.
A new leak hints that the device could sport a 5.8-inch Quad-HD display, however, only 5.15-inch will be used for the display. The remaining space at the bottom will be for virtual buttons. These buttons could be dynamic, similar to what we've seen on the current generation MacBook Pro, which shows custom shortcuts for each application.
Kyo further adds that the device could feature new biometric technologies to replace the current fingerprint recognition technologies. This could pave the way for inclusion of facial recognition or iris recognition technologies.
He also adds that with the elimination of bezels the actual form-factor of the device would change and should result in the reduction of the size of the phone.
This way, 5.8-inch device would feel similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. This would definitely make the device much better for single handed use, without compensating on screen real-estate.
These sweeping changes are said to come at a price. As a recent report pointed out the upcoming iPhone could cost as much as $1000. However, Kuo states that the rise in pricing won't affect the sales of the device upon launch due to the 'innovative user experience’ that the device will provide.
Of course, we'll need to take these expectations with a pinch of salt as these are mere leaks, and although Ming-Chi-Kuo has an incredible trackrecord pertaining to all things Apple.