We have heard lots of rumors that the new iPhone 8 will not come with a Home Button, although there have not been many details about what the Home Button will be replaced with.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Home Button on the iPhone 8 will be replaced with an iOS 11 dock and gesture controls.
There will be a thin dock across the bottom of the display where the Home Button should be, similar to the dock on Apple’s macOS.
Across the bottom of the screen there’s a thin, software bar in lieu of the home button. A user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside an 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. The multitasking interface has been redesigned to appear like a series of standalone cards that can be swiped through, versus the stack of cards on current iPhones, the images show.
This certainly sounds very interesting and explains how it will be used instead of the Home Button on Apple’s new iPhone.
Apple will also ditch the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 8, instead they will use facial recognition for unlocking the handset and for Apple Pay.
Recent rumors have suggested that Apple’s new iPhone will be announced at a press event on the 12th of September. We are also expecting to see a new iPhone 7S and 7S Plus and a new 4K Apple TV at the event.