Does this mean that the 2017 iPhone will come with an edge-to-edge display?

Does this mean that the 2017 iPhone will come with an edge-to-edge display?
Apple could have a serious problem later this year. With all indications that the 2017 iPhone is going to be quite the looker, how will it get people to give the Apple iPhone 7 a second glance? That is the issue that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo discussed earlier this year when he said that the phone wouldn't have too many "attractive selling points." During 2017, Apple (and many fans no doubt) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone. With this milestone, Apple is expected to redesign the handset.

The 2017 iPhone is rumored to include a curved OLED screen with an edge-to-edge design. Besides bezels, the home button will also disappear. Both the button and Touch ID will be found under the display. The Nikkei Asian Review, a well respected publication, reports that the device (which might be called the Apple iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone 7s), will contain a tiny high-performance motor that will create complex tactile vibrations on the display. This would copy the current mechanical tactile feedback that iPhone users have been used to. As a result, iPhone 7s/8 buyers will still feel as though they are pressing the home button even when it is the screen that is being tapped.

Why would Apple replace the feel of the home button/Touch ID fingerprint scanner being pressed, with a digital substitute? The quick and dirty answer is that the home button is being removed. And why would Apple remove the button? So that it could create a glass screen that covers the entire front of the phone.

source: Nikkei via BGR

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50 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Nope.

18. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I wouldn't be so sure about this. Rumors on Apple's hardware have been very accurate in recent years. The only thing that Apple could successfully hide was their move to 64bit architecture. Given the rumor track record of the past years, I rather tend to believe in an edge to edge display for next year's iPhone.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But a 1+ year rumor is just speculation and prototyping models at best. Still, are things so bad in the walled paradise that the faithful have moved from "maybe next year" to "maybe the year after". Even at that, for a feature that is fairly standard in Android phones. It isn't even worth staying in an ecosystem that is years behind for any logical reason.

24. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Rumors are by nature speculation. Such a drastic design decision needs to be made way upfront of the release of the device. Suppliers need 9 to 12 months to build up the production equipment for such a drastic change. If Apple wants to go for this design change, they needed to make the decision now.

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not like manufacturers like Samsung haven't made any AMOLED Edge to Edge displays in the past. There first Edge displays were used in their Note 4 Edge back from n 2014. Then moved to their 2015 S6 Edge, and now their S7 Edge devices. Where do you think the tech is coming from in the first place. It certainly doesn't come from Apple. Samsung is also going to sell their displays to other Android OEMs as well in the near future. Not that Samsung hasn't been selling AMOLED displays already to other OEMs for years now. They are going to be selling their Edge displays as well to other OEMs, and not just to Apple. Apple could have jumped on the AMOLED display wagon a long time ago. But Apple clearly does not like to deal with Samsung. Apple has been nasty to Samsung. So I wouldn't blame Samsung for telling Apple. Hey, we will sell you our AMOLED panels, and since your such a good customer of ours. We will sell you our panels for a good price. We will even include a low FYC fee, especially for you Apple. The FYC fee is really a F@ck Y@u Charge. Besides Apple users are known to pay what ever Apple charges.

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. so accurate just like sapphire screen, and FPscanner on apple logo

30. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

All these leaks and speculative musings - just wake me up when there's an actual press release. Until then, accurate or not, it's nothing more than wasted bandwidth and click-bait. Unless we're talking about the next Nexus phone - that would be totally relevant and newsworthy.

32. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Lol.. u better prepare for another 68% screen to body ratio.. really hilarious to see these rumours...seriously pa ?

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Chances are pretty low, even though I would support this. But i do need a new phone this fall, gonna choose from Nexus, note 6 and iPhone 7. Let's see which one makes it to my hands ; )

21. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Are you rich enough to buy apps again or gonna install cracked apps on a platform other than your current one?

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or he didnt buy that much apps... and the problem will be his iTunes collection, lol

34. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You can move your iTunes collection.

31. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

it's super easy anyway to install cracked apps, lol.

35. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Can you name the payed apps which you have installed? And I mean installed not bought and not installed.

41. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I can't name them because I'm not in mood for it, and there is no point in it since I buy games, play and complete them and then uninstall them. But anyway there are nearly 15 paid apps out of 58 apps on my iphone. But there are so many apps and games that I paid for them and I'll download and use them again if needed or they add new features or I actually miss using them.

43. sukrith2194 unregistered

Well there is an option to mail the developer this issue... and some will gladly let u download the Android counterparts for free!

3. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am willing to lay my a$$ on the line that this is not going to happen... at least in 2017. Going by apple's history of keeping up with technology, a better guess would be 2030. Why don't they start by first shaving off a centimeter each from the top and bottom bezels? The iPhone's top and bottom bezels are comically big.

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Even though the bezels look ugly they still have ergonomic benefits, at least the bezel at the bottom of the device which significantly reduces the range of motion of your thumb to interact with the system. On many Android device you have to uncomfortably flex your thumb to reach the capacitive buttons, especially the back and recent-apps button.

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Does iphone even have back-recent button? and big bezel make top of screen harder to reach.

20. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Did you touched an iPhone in recent years dude?! There is no need for a button for going back and going to recent apps screen since we get there using gestures. A swipe from left to right functions as back button (much better feeling and easier function) and a harder swipe (3D touch) from left to middle of screen brings recent apps screen, if you swipe it until right side of screen, you're going to open last app (this one is gonna be supported in android 7, so stay tuned for about a year to have it on your galaxy. :)) ).

25. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Lol gesture on android? if you ever touch any android almost anything is possible! there is a ton of gestures apps in google play. infact I have it on my galaxy phone and its better I can customize it myself all I want. and i know, It just weird that he think big bezel is more ergonomic because its its hard to flex the thumb to reach back and recent button when iphone only have 1 button.

40. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You have no idea how big is defference between built-in features like gestures in ios and a third party app's gestures in android. It's like comparing a custom built base model mustang with a full featured bugatti.

37. Rocket

Posts: 704; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

All i have to do is long press the menu button to open the last app on my opo, long press back button to kill an ap, double tap home button to launch camera etc etc. In other words i have been using features like that for years now.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey Dude, 3D touch was only released on the 6s/+. It's not even a year old. You make it sound like it's been there forever. Also you still have to hunt and peck to see if an app supports 3D touch or not. Also back and recent apps buttons have been on Android since day one.

42. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

We are talking about latest hardware and features dude, I'm not supposed to wait a year to use a feature. And also there is no need to peek to bring up recent apps screen or going to last app I used since this features have nothing to do with apps. You better see and try something before talking about it.

44. sukrith2194 unregistered

Well you are clearly waiting for years to use what Android users have had for years now... AMOLED, better camera, edge display, heart rate sensor, dual speakers, bigger battery, wireless charging, quick charging, QHD, 1080p in small screens and the list goes on and on! Stop trying to make 3D touch the end all be all of tech... it's the only thing that u iDiots can boast about!

47. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You are clearly a rude samsung fanboy. You haven't all of that features in just one phone. We don't want to have something we don't need. There is no point in having such pixel densities. You just ruin your experience. iPhone 6s has always much better framerates in games and UI animations. And we had also many features that android didn't have, split screen, touch ID, doze mode, app exclusivity (there are many awesome apps and games that you can't use no matter how many cpu cores your galaxy has beneath it's QHD AMOLED edge screen, you can't see that awesome apps and games at all anyway), and much more important than these, we have higher quality OS and third party apps because they are extremely optimized and passed through apple's tough quality tests. But you use the exact same app that runs on any android phone even a 7$ phone.

49. sukrith2194 unregistered

Really? U guys have 1 phone to brag about... Android users have a wide variety of devices to brag about having different features... besides force touch on phones wasn't first on an iPhone... it was on an Android phone... huawei mate 8... "we don't want what we don't need" isn't correct from a person using iPhone... it's "we don't want what we can't have" the reason why iPhones never had high density displays is because it's GPUs are actually way underpowered than what is led to believe... it will not render the required frame rate to push a QHD display as similar to an Android device! Btw... split screen is not on it iPhone yet and Android OEMs have added them on tablets way before Apple... if u wanna try the stability and smoothness of Android get a Nexus or stock Android device and then compare it with iPhone... also people who speak the truth about Apple are not Samsung fanboys and I've never owned a Samsung smartphone in my life! So get it facts straight!

51. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Android user don't have all that phones to brag about dude, you can't brag about something you don't have. If you hadn't a samsung phone, then you can't be proud of having edge screen, or if you haven't huawei mate S 128GB (which you said a different model because you are talking non sense), you can't brag about having a phone which has a feature that has no use. It has force touch but it hasn't compatible apps and even proper OS integration and features. Apple is a company that isn't in hurry for using a technology, of coarse there is ecxeptions like Maps which apple was forced to do it, but normaly a technology or feature like touch ID, 3D touch , etc should reach apple's very high standards before being used in a device. This is why apple's use of AMOLED tech is this much important as seen in internet, but nobody cared if google used it on a Nexus phone, Apple's new retina screen will be an special one undoubtedly. And know that iPhone 6s has more than double framerates in heavily graphical games so it can easily handle QHD. You know nothing about difference between CPU and GPU, that's why you said it's underpowered. And nexus phones?! They are fluid when you compare them to other android phones, not iPhone dude. Beside these things, because I'm not a fanboy, I always recomend android phones for people with limited budget and those who want to use a phone as a personal computer, but iphones are made to be just phones and act as that perfectly. Don't be a troll who only wants to "BRAG" about things that you even don't have.

52. sukrith2194 unregistered

Not having a device doesn't mean that android has that ability... we can chose whatever combination of specs we want at any price point we want... same goes for windows! And the reason why u say the framerates are higher is because a game needs to be optimised for like 6phones and 3-5 tablets! Depending on different iPhone and the resources they have they can be used... that does not mean that other tasks unless optimised will be as smooth as u say... and as the resolution increases the frame drops will drop significantly more! Also from searching around there are no apps that can show real time CPU speed of iPhone... (PS. If there is I'm happy to be corrected with proof) so there is no way to check if benchmarks are being cheated! Also stop making everything apple does as the pinnacle of technology... when a company has been doing a thing for years and then when apple does it later it doesn't mean they were waiting to optimise it... it just means apple just wants to milk the customers with what they offer till the customers start to realise that this isn't enough! This means more profit as they don't have to invest in new tech to offer it to u guys! Other oems take a leap of faith wanting to cater to their customers but apple is about profit than people... good thing Indian government shot them down from dumping crap here!

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