Apple iPhone 8 to feature a software "dock" in place of home button

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones on September 12th, two successors to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a brand new, high-end iPhone model (that we'll refer to as the iPhone 8). That high-end iPhone 8 is the one that will go all out in terms of innovation: it will feature an OLED, nearly bezel-less display and do away with the home screen in favor of a new, 3D face recognition system.

A new report by Bloomberg, now reveals that the new iPhone 8 will also change the way users work with their phones. Currently, you press once on the home screen of an iPhone to go back to the app grid, press twice to get a stacked list of cards for multitasking, and long press to call up Apple's Siri voice assistant. With the removal of the home button, Apple is testing ways to remove these actions and replace them with gestures. This latest report is based on actual images of the new iPhone seen by the journalists, so there is a high probability that what it describes will indeed come to the new iPhone.

Apple iPhone 8 changes in a nutshell:

  • OLED instead of LCD display
  • Immersive, "bezel-less" display
  • Software "dock" in place of home button
  • New gestures for multitasking and other home button shortcuts
  • 3D face recognition built in the "notch"
  • iPhone 7-like size, iPhone 7 Plus-like display
  • Vertical dual camera system
  • Larger lock key on the side

Most interestingly, Apple also plans to introduce a dock-like interface to its iPhone 8. The feature has been a staple for Macs for years, and will arrive to the iPad family with iOS 11. The new software bar will stay at the bottom of the phone when it's locked and you'd be able to drag it up to unlock the phone. When you are in an app, an upward swipe will bring up multitasking. And the multitasking interface on the new iPhone 8 is redesigned from stacked cards to standalone cards that you can swipe on. The new software dock itself will feature commonly used applications.

We also learn that the new iPhone 8 will have a size similar to that of the current iPhone 7, but its display will be slightly larger than the 5.5-inch one on the iPhone 7 Plus. The screen will now also have rounded corners, but it will not be curved like on Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Note 8 series. The physical lock button on the side will also be larger than before on the iPhone 8, a move that will help for more comfortable one-handed use of the phone.

Apple is also planning to use a glass back with a metal frame for this new high-end handset, with tiny antenna bands on the metal frame for improved reception.

source: Bloomberg

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35. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

You say the iPhone will go all out on innovaton and yet ramble on about things that have been standard on Android for years. What are they innovating exactly? Or is this part of you pathetic fanboy paid advertising?

29. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I hope will see something special and multitasking support and PIP video like Samsung ! if not I will go for Samsung Note 8

30. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Please go for Samsung Note 8...we don't want people that even think that in 50 years maybe they will buy a fake iOS device (I mean Android device).

36. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014


37. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I want the greatest things always! I don't mind if it's Apple or Samsung or Sony!! iOS or Android!

26. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The logic of Android losers is very strange. I don't know why they have the same high stupidity level. Maybe since Apple is raising the bar a lot for them. Each time Apple does something, their answer is: Oh this exists from more than 10 years ago. Sorry, but why none talk about these features before Apple does it? Answer: Because Apple does it in a PERFECT way. Examples: Touchscreen, Siri, TouchID, Forcetouch, Apple Pay etc.....

27. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Apple is raising the bar at being very restrictive that's a first for them.

28. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Features that Android had for several years that you claim no one talks about until Apple releases them, the reason no one talks about them is they've been implemented on several devices and everyone just accepts the new features. They don't to try and sell a feature already available on other phones As for Apple Pay, if it's so perfect why can't it be used at non-NFC terminals? And Siri? Perfect? Ha, GA > Siri

31. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Touchscreen and TouchID were great features that Apple brought out. No one at the time had features close to it at the time. Siri, sure it was first but look it at now. It's crap. I know someone and whenever she says "Are you serious?", Siri kicks on. It's the funniest sh*t. Forcetouch is a gimmick. I didn't use it and none of my Apple friends use it. Apple Pay is nothing compared to Samsung Pay. Seriously, you lost all credibility if you are going to say Apple Pay. Apple Pay was late to game and add nothing new to the mobile payment market. Apple every once awhile innovates but I don't see anything new coming from the iPhone 8. Apple is playing the catch up game right now... in fact, they've been doing it for the last couple of years.

25. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

eh? 'do away with the home screen in favor of a new, 3D face recognition system' Does it mean Home button?

22. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

If the dock is the only thing that will be shown on that part of the display, then I don't think it is a problem if there is image retention of the dock.

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

There shouldn't be issues. Its using OLED technology plus its a swipe up and down as it won't be static.

20. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Simply going to be slick!!! I see Android manufacturer's following suit.

16. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

I suppose, if this is true, then we will have something similar to webOS gestures. And this is definitely not a bad thing.

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 928; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

marketing gimmick.... nothing more then old AMOLED panel on iPhone 6.

7. j_grouchy

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I'm confused...doesn't it already have a dock at the bottom? What makes this different and how does it "replace" the home button?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think that the difference will be that it will be fixed at the bottom, that it'll always be visible regardless of if the phone is locked or there's an app open. I may be wrong, but that's what I took away from this article.

34. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You're wrong. It is not always visible. It disappears with apps. You have to swipe up to access it like control center. Take a look at iOS 11 on iPad.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple is raising the bar, the others will try to follow....

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014


9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah Android users never had a dock before, good thing Apple came up with it /s

33. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It did in iPhone OS lol! #2007

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And Acorn did it in Arthur OS in 1987. So no Apple didn't invent the dock.

11. gigicoaste

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Yes yes.. because dock was not in Android since 26 October 2010!! LOL Sometimes is hard to understand if some users are sarcastic or they are that dumb to believe the nonsense are bumbling! Since I really cannot believe that a guy can be that dumb in extreme way.. I try to get it as sarcasm. There's no other way! :))

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's cnour... He's not familiar with tech at all.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But they won't be able to follow, since Apple is just a speck in their rear view mirrors.

24. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What, who? Apples just a speck in their rear view mirrors, who is this "their" you refer to? Certainly not Samsung, who's compelled to mention Apple at every Samsung unpacked event. Who then, please clue me in.

21. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Software docks have been there since days of the green-screen Palm PDA. Try harder.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5.8, will be more like 5.1.

32. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Technically, you can say that about all phones. What I mean is that all phones have a status bar that takes up the top part of your screen with the exception of watching movies etc. Apple just decided to take up part of that area with the notch. Your not really giving up usable space. You will lose that space for watching movies, but it would have been blacked out anyway if you want to watch the movie in 16:9. Lastly, if you think the touch bar will always be there, you might watch to watch some iPad videos running iOS 11.

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