iPhone 8: Gestures that replace the Home button, a new Dock, and more
Today, Mark Gurman, a reporter with excellent sources who has gotten the scoop when it comes to Apple news, has just released THE bomb of novelties on the iPhone 8 Pro, the new Apple model that drastically change the look of the device, where the screen occupies almost the entire front. Of course we have had enough leaks or leaks in the device's past, but here we have discovered extremely important new details, which give us a complete overview of the new iPhone.
For starters, the device, thanks to the fact that it is almost completely a screen on the front, has a larger display than the iPhone 7 Plus (more than 5.5), but in a body that is similar to that of the iPhone 7. In addition, the screen will be OLED, instead of the LCD used by Apple until now. This is the most striking visual change, as it satisfies the need for a phone with a large screen, but maintaining the size of a much more compact device. This would be the third phone in the lineup, with two other phones retaining the look of the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but with internal improvements (new processor, better cameras, more RAM). This model, the iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Pro, would cost much more; in the $ 1,200- $ 1,500 range, according to rumors.
To have a front that is almost all screen on iPhone 8, let's see some variations in the interface. Because there is a segment of the phone – where the infrared sensors and the front camera are – that is not a screen, apps will disappear around this edge, as you can see in this mockup by @talkaboutdesign
Another strong rumor is that The Home button will be replaced by a three-dimensional facial recognition technology, which would serve to unlock the phone and function as Face ID, to identify us and authorize purchases. This year Samsung experimented with it with the S8 and Note 8, giving us a Face Unlock that, personally, I think has worked quite well. Once you get used to unlocking the phone just by looking at it, it's even more practical than the fingerprint sensor. Samsung's mistake was not to include an infrared sensor to improve face detection in the dark and prevent it from being fooled by photographs (by being able to detect depth).
The disappearance of the Home button would bring us a new series of gestures to implement the multi-tasking menu, to be able to jump between apps. For this, we will see a new gesture by sliding from the bottom up to see the open apps and be able to close them, as Guilherme Rambo shows, based on the code found in the iOS 11 beta.
This is also interesting pic.twitter.com/JdYDhZDkev
– Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 21, 2017
Rambo also shows us how the new Dock will be seen on the iPhone 8, which will follow the steps to the iPad Dock in iOS 11
This is what the floating dock looks like on an iPhone pic.twitter.com/BbKVIL7yO8
– Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 30, 2017
Another interesting detail from the new Gurman report, and which contradicts other leaks, is that the time, the clock on the iPhone interface, would be displayed on the left side of the ears – term to refer to the screen spaces left by the front sensors. – With the information of Wifi, signal and battery being on the other side. In previous leaks, the time came under the sensors. Which leaves us in doubt: there will no longer be room for other notifications that appear occasionally, such as Location Services and Orientation Lock
We are getting closer to the official announcement of the new iPhone, which will take place on September 12, in less than two weeks. So it will be extremely interesting to see how many of the rumors mentioned above are true. But I think that, at this point, there is no doubt that the final design of the device will be like the one that has been filtering for quite some time; The new iPhone 8 must already be in production to meet the huge demand that will have in the months to come, as usually happens with all new iPhone.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most important redesigns we've seen the iPhone in for quite some time. I'd say the most important since iPhone 4, released in 2010.