Apple reportedly having trouble with the iPhone 8’s signature feature
Apple is reportedly having trouble in getting the iPhone 8’s signature design feature to actually work as it would be a bezeless display spanning from edge to edge. It means there would be no room to accommodate a physical home button on the handset. Thus, the company has to “kill” it.
However, some reports suggested that the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant maker may not be able to do so this year.
Technically, Apple has already done away with the physical home button in its iPhone 7 handsets, which don’t have a physical home button. The company’s iPhone 6s boat the 3D Touch screen which theoretically lets the company to relegate multiple home button functions to any area of the display.
But the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is required for unlocking the smartphone, signing into applications and services, as well as using Apple Pay. Apple has expressed the desire to place this sensor under the display, but that technology isn’t ready yet.
A newly published research note reads, “The anticipated move to a full-screen OLED panel in the coming iPhone 8/X eliminates the physical home button, which necessitates a move to a virtual home button and an optical fingerprint sensing solution to read fingerprints through the OLED panel.”
Meanwhile, a Japanese blog called Mac Otakara has Apple is finalizing design specifications for its so-called “iPhone Edition,” which is expected to be launched alongside the restructured iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s Plus models later this year.