Apple may use virtual Home button in the next iPhone with an OLED screen

Apple’s next iPhone is slowly getting entangled in the sea of rumours and speculations. The latest one suggests that Apple is considering to drop the physical Home button key in the next iPhone. That’s because Apple is reportedly aiming to offer more screen real-estate by using a virtual Home button with Touch ID. This speculation comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a researcher with KGI Securities, who predicted about next iPhone having inductive wireless charging feature.

Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone with edge-to-edge OLED display to provide more function area. That bezel-less iPhone model would be somewhat similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix handset.

To achieve a bezel-less iPhone design, Apple might be removing the physical Home button and replacing it with a virtual one. There’s no word on how the Touch ID and the front facing camera would get placed.

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The next iPhone will come with body measurements of a 4.7-inch smartphone but have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED screen. However, the actual screen will have a 5.15-inch display with 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution. Also, the screen may carry curves on both the sides just like the Samsung’s Galaxy Edge series phones.

By omitting the Touch ID, Apple might consider biometric technologies such as facial recognition and iris recognition. That would also mean changes might happen in the internal components arrangement of the iPhone.

Kuo hints that the next iPhone with OLED screen will measure as much as the iPhone 7 but will pack more battery capacity. So the overall price of this particular iPhone is expected to cross $1000. Although, there would be two other iPhone models so the hefty price tag may not impact the sales directly.

Kuo claims that an OLED iPhone will be the only radically fresh and different smartphones among the 2017 lineup.

[Source: MacRumors]

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