NY Times: Apple's next iPhone to come with all-screen front and virtual home button


The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have yet to officially land in the hands of customers but this isn't stopping the rumor mill from anticipating features that will debut on next year's model. 

According to anonymous insider sources quoted in the New York Times' iPhone 7 review, the next iPhone will feature a "full-screen face" as well as an embedded virtual button that will replace the capacitive button introduced on this year's models. Here's an excerpt from the article:


Before diving into the details, it should be mentioned that this isn't the first time we're hearing about the 2017 iPhone coming with an edge-to-edge display and an on-screen button. However, this new NY Times report does serve as some sort of unofficial confirmation of what to expect from next year's iPhone.

Unfortunately, the sources quoted in the report do not go in any further depth. At this point, the biggest mystery revolves around the way that Apple plans to deal with the fingerprint sensor.

If Apple replaces the hardware button on the 2017 iPhone, what will happen with the fingerprint sensor? Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors could be one solution. Another could be the replacement of the fingerprint-based security with an iris-scanning biometric solution not unlike the one that goes inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Based on our experience with iris scanners, however, we're definitely rooting for the convenience of fingerprint scanners.

Previous rumors suggested that the 2017 iPhone, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the world's most popular smartphone series, will come with OLED display. Other sources suggest that at least one of the three rumored models (standard, Plus, Pro?) will come with a curved screen.

What do you guys think? Are you ready for an iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED screen and a virtual home button?

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71 Comments

1. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I'm curious as to what'll be removed next :/

5. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Cameras, speakers, you know the usual. Add-on at a premium price

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

All jokes aside though, if they pull it off, I'll line up at a damn Apple store for a month.

25. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, they need to do something substantial with the next update. All the reviews on the 7 so far have stated it's an "ok" update but still a bit "meh", nothing exciting.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Honestly, you can't expect anything amazing from anyone now. You get the most refined experience from pretty much all of them, but nothing that makes you go WOW. I mean when why can't someone just take a Sharp Aquos whatever, and kill the last remaining bezel.

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, I always thought the Aquos deserved more recognition - it was a great looking phone, just hampered a bit by mid-level specs. I think the whole front screen thing has been coming for a while though - there are various patents for speakers and cameras built into the screens and Apple have put in their force touch and capacitive home buttons now which looks like they're heading that way. Once one company manages it they all will anyway, hopefully soon!

47. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Remember when it comes to iphones, there is a while new scale they use. According to tech sites, every iphone has been meh since iphone. They usually go back on there words later. Notice how all of a sudden the iphone 4 is the last great phone/design? They wasn't saying that then. I can say something similar about the iPhone 5.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The review sites were discussing the entire package. The 4/5 series were the last good looking design for the iPhone.

58. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

The iPhone 7 has a great looking design.

59. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Better than the 6 series, but not good. Nowhere near the 4/5.

42. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Stealing my idea what I already suggested.. Display covering whole front.. I said it like 6 months ago..

45. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

That idea has been around for like 6 years lol! Even that render above is mad old!

57. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

U iDiot I was sarcastic..

6. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The screen perhaps? (Joking of course)

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nahh... They will remove everything except screen.. Processing storing everything is done at cloud. That's the next iPhone get ur money and body ready Lol

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I have been hearing this since iPhone 3gs days....

46. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The tech is finally ready for mass production.

52. Nopers unregistered

No it's not. The tech is there but production would be too expensive. Still >3 years away IMO

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I am hearing this rumor from last 5 years. I heard this same rumour about note 4 and some of nokia lumia model. Nothing come out yet. This news is same like a new revolutionary battery tech news which never make it into any device. Same like extra ordinary camera sensor tech. Quantom pixel tech. Curved sensor tech. Concave lense tech. Revolutionary Dual sensor tech. And many more just to entice our fantasies.

12. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

But, it's all the more believable now that the iPhone 7 no longer has a physical button. In theory, they could be warming up users for the iPhone 8, which should be a much more dramatic change considering the iPhone 7 wasn't.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

If we believed every single rumor, we'd be on the 3rd generation of the transparent iPhone..... http://www.emirates247.com/business/transparent-iphone-6-new-images-videos-prove-it-s-real-coming-2013-2013-04-04-1.501284

17. Unordinary unregistered

It would be nice to unlock the phone by force touching the lock screen. (I do this currently on my jailbroken iPhone)

19. AlikMalix unregistered

You can expect Apple to remove anything that is on the road to being obsolete. Same with floppy drives, CD players, keyboard on mobile devices, adobe flash, 3.5mm jack, and soon charging cable for true over this it wireless, battery for power cell, and maybe a screen for holograph. One thing for sure - trolls be bitchin', manufacturers be following, then trolls be like "Apple rushed to be first" - same story same whining.

60. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is rushing if your remove it before a better option arrives, which is the case with the 3.5mm jack. What they offered instead isn't better.

63. AlikMalix unregistered

Here's a way to stagnate progress and a way to push it. Ted, I'm sure I don't have to explain what I said

66. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not progress if it's done for no good reason, and doesn't improve the device. In this case, it doesn't. This is how phones were 7 years ago, one port for charging and headphones, and it sucked. I rejoiced when my phone finally had a separate 3.5 mm jack.

68. AlikMalix unregistered

Ted I get it, I really do. But leaving the 3.5 mm jack makes it too comfortable for industry not to improve and innovate the wireless standard. It doesn't take some Chinese brand or unpopular manufacturer to finally make the push, it takes a company like Samsung or Apple to make the change and force the industry to move forward. Ted, there were same Arguments with the original iPhone - people and industry leaders (MS and BB) laughed and rediculed iPhone for lack of physical keyboard. Look at the industry today!

43. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

They will remove power btn and ifans will have to say ; my precious iphony, power on darling..

48. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i am no Apple lover but if they come first with a no bezel all screen front face with built it ultrasonic fingerprint scanner this would be innovation and i would love to see it.

2. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

As will the next Huawei, Meizu, Samsung etc now - conveniently rushed to market and released a month ahead of the iPhone. Hopefully with full safety testing.

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