The iPhone 8 Will Not Have a Home Button
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As the world gears up for the release of the new iPhone 8, experts are finally letting us in on what radical changes we should expect from the company's latest attempt at creating a game-changing handset.
The iPhone 8 ditches the much-loved home button, something we've been accustomed to for 7 generations of iPhone. And, with an all-glass bezel-less design (remember the horrors of smashing your iPhone 4? Yes, that's back), experts are worried Apple may have pushed away its loyal fandom.
Mark Gurman, Bloomberg's tech expert explained the highly anticipated changes: "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."
And that's not all. Apple has given the iPhone 8 a very futuristic update with facial recognition, on such a level that the iPhone "knows it's you…and will unlock with the swipe of a thumb."
Only time will tell how user-friendly Apple's new updates will be. But, if Samsung can do it (who happen to supply the iPhone 8's OLED screen), Apple is sure to make a good crack at it too.
Oh, and there's no sign of the headphone jack coming back. Sorry.