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All of the newer iPhone models are expected to have edge-to-edge displays, according to blogger John Gruber of Daring
Fireball. I would love to see the display take up the entire
front of the next iPhone, since there’s a decent amount of
screen real estate that current models simply aren’t making
use of. The full display with a flush Home button would make
for one classy looking iPhone, especially if the rumored all-glass design turns out to be a new feature too.
No Home Button
Along with the possibility
of an edge-to-edge screen is
the potential for a flush display. Apple took a step in this
direction with the iPhone 7’s
digital Home button, which
uses haptic feedback instead
of a mechanical button. The
new iPhone would simply take
that technology to the next
level by removing the visible
button altogether. The next
iPhone could be the perfect opportunity to make the change
complete, given the technology is up to Apple’s standards.
We may very well see a new
iPhone without any visible
While the next iPhone will most likely include Touch ID, it
might also include an iris scanner or facial recognition. This
rumor originally seemed like a stretch, until we heard reports
that Apple acquired Israeli firm RealFace, which specializes in
facial recognition. If Apple plans to ditch a visible Home button, this new feature makes even more sense. We’ll keep our
fingers crossed that this feature doesn’t end up solely on the
premium OLED iPhone.
Improved Front-Facing Camera
When Ming-Chi Kuo makes an Apple prediction, everyone
listens. According to Kuo, the next iPhone could have a front-facing camera with 3D sensing capabilities. This intricate
camera system would have a myriad of applications, including 3D face-scanning capabilities for use as your avatar in
augmented-reality or virtual-reality gaming. Kuo says the fancy
front-facing camera will be reserved for the premium iPhone
model sporting the OLED display.
Apple ditched the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, so it
only seems natural it would move toward a completely wireless iPhone. Many Android phones already offer wireless
charging, so Apple is late to the game with this technology.
However, Apple has also been waiting for distance charging,
which would allow you to charge your iPhone from 15 feet
away. As awesome as that would be, the technology is reportedly not up to par yet. I sure hope we see wireless charging
in the next iPhone, and Ming-Chi Kuo thinks this time around,
we will. Wireless distance charging is probably another couple
years down the road though.
The iPhone 4s was the last
iPhone to have a glass back.
We’ve only seen iPhones designed with strong aluminum
bodies since then. But with
the next iPhone, we may see
an all-glass design. Of course,
if Apple chooses to go this
route, it will hopefully have figured out a way to improve the
strength of the glass used on
its iPhones, especially considering that it moved away from
a glass design in the past due
to the iPhone’s vulnerability to
nasty cracks. This is another
new feature that is expected in
the Plus or premium model of
the next iPhone.
Concept art by Imran Taylor
Concept art by Imran
Taylor for ConceptsiPhone.