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iPhone 8: no Home button is almost a reality–whether we accept or not!

With the iconic physical Home button finally set to get eliminated for good, how would you activate multitasking, Reachability or other important functions on your iPhone 8? How would the fingerprint scanner, which is said to be integrated into the display, be in terms of functionality?

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Many of you would be thinking about such questions with enormous curiosity, wouldn't you? I'm also in the same boat and trying to think every possible way through which the all new fingerprint sensor would work on the upcoming iPhone 8.

There are some both realistic and wild possibilities that might take the shape with the coming of the 2017 iPhone 8. Taking cues from the leaked images and speculations, I'm trying to figure out how the slightly hidden fingerprint scanner would work on the new iPhone 8. I'm looking forward to having an early face-off against iPhone 8 with no Home button

iPhone 8 Features ExpectationHow would iPhone 8 Work without Touch ID Home Button?

Always On Home Button

As per speculations, there will be an always-on Home button at the bottom of the display on the iPhone 8. As soon as the screen wakes, the Home button will show up on the display.

iPhone 8 virtual home buttonThere is nothing new about this concept as it has existed on Android devices for quite some time. However, it would be interesting to see how Apple brings this concept onto its smartphone. Given how smart the Cupertino company is in giving a better shape to almost everything it touches, I expect the always-on Home button to be more effective and functional than it's on Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Home Button Appears When You Tap on the Screen

Some wild rumors have suggested that the Touch ID Home button might be embedded into the screen. To bring up the Home button, users will just need to tap on the screen. Though it sounds a bit interesting, I doubt whether Apple would be able to pull it off—at least with the next-gen iPhone.

If at all the Home button is built into the display, will it have some sort of integration with 3D Touch? If yes, how will it work on the Home screen and inside any app?

It would be better to integrate fingerprint sensor with 3D Touch. If a user presses and holds on the screen, a shortcut with the Home, Reachability, multitasking and back buttons will show up; allowing him to easily control the device.

Again, to unlock the iPhone, users would need to simply wake the screen by using power ON/OFF button or Raise To Wake feature and then press and hold on the screen to access the fingerprint scanner to authenticate. It would be nice if the fingerprint sensor automatically appears at the time of unlocking the device—just to bring more convenience into the play.

To make the unlocking or authentication process simple, IRIS, facial recognition technologies could also be used.

Contextually Adaptive Virtual Buttons

Very much like the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro 2016, native apps would come with contextually adaptive virtual buttons.

As per reports, third-party developers could code for special UI elements as well as the home button. Developers may also provide frequently used functions into closer proximity with the user's thumb.

iPhone 8 Concept designs for Instagram and Twitter envisionHave a look at these concept designs for Instagram and Twitter that offer the actual insight about how developers would incorporate this new functionality into their apps.

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Back Button to Show Up on the Bottom Left of the Screen Along with Home Button

Apple may think of changing the positing of the back button from top left corner to the bottom left corner so that it's in close proximity with the Home button. It would allow users to easily go back to the previous screen. Besides, it will help in making one-handed experience more smooth sailing.

Scrollable Strip

There is also a possibility of a scrollable strip aka functional area that's said to be inspired by Touch Bar. Through the strip, users will be able to quickly access multiple buttons like in-app navigation buttons, media playback, and video scrubbing controls. There might also be an extra space for game controls.

iPhone 8 Touch ID sensorImage Credit: Thadeu Brandão

As per reports, the tech giant is very keen on extending Touch Bar functionality to other devices like iPhone and iPad. It would be really cool to see how the scrollable strip would function on the upcoming iPhone; given how intriguing it would be. Thus, we can predict iPhone 8 will not have home button.

So, What's Preventing Apple from Embedding Touch ID Home button into the Display?

A number of reports have suggested that Apple may not be able to embed Home button into iPhone 8's display due to technical issues. While some reports have said that the Touch ID button would be placed on the rear side, others have stated that there won't be Home button at all on the next-gen iPhone.

“The anticipated move to a full-screen OLED panel in the coming iPhone 8/X eliminates the physical home button, which necessitates a move to a virtual home button and an optical fingerprint sensing solution to read fingerprints through the OLED panel,” Pacific Crest said. “At this point, we do not believe Apple's optical fingerprint module provider has firm orders for production, which suggests Apple does not have the functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready. Additionally, we believe Apple has evaluated Synaptic's (SYNA) optical fingerprint solution, but that it has not been qualified.” Investor's Business Daily.

Hopefully, Apple is able to circumvent all the roadblocks and bring a viable replacement to the existing physical Home button.

The Bottom Line:

How much excited are you about the all new iPhone 8 with no physical Touch ID button? Do you think it's apt to completely do away the iconic Home button from iPhone? If at all the Touch ID Home button is built right into the display, how would it function? Feel free to let us know your valuable feedback and let your predictions come across without any interference.

Personally, I would want the Home button to be perfectly integrated either into the display or be completely removed. I'm not quite pleased with the idea of placing it on the rear side.

The possibilities like functional area sound pretty neat. Besides, the addition of some other biometric authentications like IRIS scanner, facial recognition could very much liven up the experience.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.