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iPhone 8 To Feature iPad-Like Dock, Ditches Home Button To Rely On Gestures
By Kylie Woon, 31 Aug 2017
The home button has played a central role in the iPhone experience since it debuted in 2007.
However, Bloomberg reports that this key feature will be ditched with the iPhone 8, changing the way an iPhone is used forever.
In lieu of the home button, the upcoming iPhone 8 will instead feature a moveable software bar that responds to swipes and gestures.
Says Bloomberg, “A user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside the app, a similar gesture starts multitasking.”
“From here, users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen. An animation in testing sucks the app back into its icon.”
This major design change will shake up the routines of iPhone users who have grown accustomed to the home button over the years. It will take getting used to, and will alter how the iPhone experience feels.
Other design changes include a much more spacious screen—the iPhone 8 is to be almost all screen in the front, save a notch where the front-facing camera and facial recognition software are situated. Razor-thin bezels frame the rest of the screen, which for the first time will have rounded corners for a softer look.
Complaints are anticipated. Past iPhone changes—such as the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7—sparked mass criticism.
However, the home button is such an integral part of iPhone usage that it is possible the backlash could be even greater.
With the iPhone 8 release just around the corner, only time will tell. Read more about the new iPhone 8 features at Bloomberg.
[via Bloomberg, opening image via video screenshot]
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