Latest reports claimed that Apple will unveil its new iPhone 8 on September 12 and the reports added that one of its significant features will be its gesture controls reportedly to replace its home button.
The home button feature has been a staple ever since the first iPhone was released ten years ago. But with the latest report on iPhone 8, reports claimed that Apple will kill this feature already and will not have any appearance of such a button, not even a software-rendered one.
As a replacement of the usual home button, GSM Arena reported that the user will use gestures to control the iPhone 8 device. This will come in a thin software bar which will be located at the bottom of the screen of the said device. When the user drags this up to the middle, the phone will then unlock.
Afterwards, the user needs to visit an application, the same move opens the multitasking view but this has been redesigned by Apple. This will now appear in a series of standalone cards which can be swiped through compared to the current iPhone models which use a stack of cards. But if the user will still move this upwards past the middle of the display, the application will close and this will lead the user back to the home screen.
In addition to that feature, the home screen of the new iPhone 8 will also present six vertical rows of four applications which will give a total of 24 icons on every page. Below the home screen will be the dock which is a gray bar that shows the applications which are commonly used by the user. This dock is the same with what is being featured in iOS 11 on iPad.
On top of the screen of the iPhone 8 is the notch area which features the earpiece, several sensors, and front-facing camera. Moreover, it was reported on Mac Rumors that this will not be hidden in software through making the adjacent areas of the screen black since this device also uses an OLED panel display. Therefore, using black will automatically make the notch disappear.
Lastly, the iPhone 8 reportedly will have a dimension similar to those of the iPhone 7 but the two only differ in terms of the size of their screen. Besides, its power button located on the right side will be longer compared to the previous Apple phones to allow the user to make pressing easier while holding the device.