Apple iPhone 8: Release date gets further away but home button ‘to vanish’

iPhone 8 won’t have home button but will have face recognition, leaks suggest
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The new iPhone will do away with the home button and could remove the need for a fingerprint or a passcode at all, new leaks suggest.

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In icons released in the documents (above), the home button has vanished, instead offering a ‘function area’.

The best guess for what this might be can be seen on the latest Macbook Pros, where bespoke action buttons and scroll bars appear above the keyboard depending on which app is being used.

The resolution is said to be 2,436 by 1,125 pixels, much higher (and higher in density) than the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus. That phone has a 1,920 by 1,080 resolution.

All this new information comes from Apple itself.

The firmware of Apple’s homepod (Apple’s answer to Alexa) released to developers has a few surprises in it about iPhone, all revealed by developers themselves.

The iPhone even has a new codename: D22 so Apple fans will be keeping an eye out for this.

But perhaps the most interesting codename – Pearl – offers a whole new world of user identification, maybe removing finger ID entirely.

Using face recognition technology, Pearl includes ‘faceDetect’ references and will allow you, it is rumoured, to unlock your phone by simply having the right face.

Most of these new features have been rumoured for quite a long time but seeing the source of this is Apple itself, it seems increasingly likely that the home button might be a thing of the past and the push towards a full-screen surface is getting closer and closer.

There are still a lot of unknowns. It is believed to offer wireless charging (Apple would love to get rid of any ports on its devices), improved waterproofing, improved processor speeds and vertical dual cameras across every new device launched.

It’s not expected to come cheap though, with the flagship device rumoured to cost over $1,000 (£760).

The release date is also hotly debated. While a September/October unveiling is expected, the flagship devices might not be released until the end of 2017 and could even be in the first few months of 2018.

For those not desperate to jump on Apple’s latest top release, it is also expected that one, maybe two, other phones are released.

These will still be above the specifications of the iPhone 7 but will not have the bells and whistles these rumours indicate.

As ever with Apple, we won’t know until the ‘And another thing…’ release announcement is completed.

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