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

67. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

I'd say that even of it was supposed to be true then we still have to wait 2 yrs or more as iPhone 7s is awaited for the next year and then tge iPhone 8. So maybe we should take this news with a pinch of salt

53. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

I saw this article like 5 years ago

51. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn rumors started already........iPhones are overhyped!

44. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Rejoice ifans! You'll then be able to make fun of android phone bezels.

39. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

There we go, eventually anything that Samsung/android comes up with eventually Apple ends up implementing it cause they can't come up with anything except to remove things.

35. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Samsung planting rumors so the i7 doesn't sell?

29. lyndon420

Posts: 6945; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You guys will love the on screen buttons. After issues with capacitive buttons on my HTC OneX awhile back, I will only choose Android's with virtual on-screen buttons now. It's way better and there's less to go wrong or wear out.

24. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This sounds like a warped rumor. I can see Apple going for an "edge to edge" screen like the Galaxy Edge, but that's different from "full face" which is not very practical. They could however keep the same phone size but increase the screen to 5".

32. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But knowing Apple, it would be a 1422x800 Retina display, still 326 ppi.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

And I wouldn't care one bit. My iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6s screens are SHARP. DONT CARE IF THEY GO HIGHER REZOLUTION OR NOT!!!

38. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Most loyal iPhone owners probably wouldn't either. I just don't understand why they couldn't pick an established resolution for the 6, like 1366x768. Why must it be 326 ppi and not a pixel more?

41. AlikMalix unregistered

f**k you for generalizing iPhone users!!! But read it again, slowly: MY SCREEN IS SHARP, everyone that uses iPhones agrees, why TAX THE BATTERY AND PERFORMANCE for a piss contest? You want bigger resolution - DONT BUY AN IPHONE!!!

49. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Whoah there, dude. You don't have to sell me on the fact that more pixels drain batteries/resources. Alls I'm saying is that Apple is just plain weird about their resolution choices. It's as if they decided that 326 ppi is as sharp as sharp can be in 2010 and then encased that number in gold.

50. AlikMalix unregistered

No Apple probably played with different resolutions before launching their first retina, and the best balance between sharpness, and resource consumption was between 300-350 ppi. I have never seen anyone complain about text and games detail on that resolution. android manufacturers have to "1-up" Apple to generate interest - it works up to a point, but honestly wouldn't care if Apple never raises resulting beyond 350ppi. I know my posts are biased - but I'm honest about this - my iPhones are sharp. Whenever iPhones beats the best of android - the first thing these trolls complain about is "well Apple doesn't have to push higher resolution" Freaken DUH! I will always take performance over higher resolution. always!

54. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It should always be balanced, whatever the screen+GPU combination is. When Android started pushing out Quad HD screens, I felt it was overkill *at that screen size* (5.5") and when paired with a GPU that was optimized for FHD. Now it's pretty much expected in an Android flagship, and the new GPUs are more than capable of handling it. It's still a ridiculous amount of pixels, but it does make sense for VR. At this point, Apple could increase the standard resolution with no hit to performance. The A10 is that damn fast. But they're always comparing to the previous generation iPhone, so they would rather make the phone twice as fast.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not about one upping Apple, it's about putting out the best product you can. There's no arguing that Samsung flagship displays are the best out there right now. Some folks think their 720p TV is good enough. That's fine for them, but they don't compare to an FHD or UHD TV with the matching content. Same goes for contrast with LCD vs AMOLED. If its good enough for you, that's fine. It's not good enough for others, who want the best there is, especially when paying $700+ for a phone.

64. AlikMalix unregistered

Samsung used the screen resolution compared to iPhone, but they lack in customer support. They have s-pen, but they lack forcetouch. They were first to phablet, but Apple was first to FP sensor. It doesn't matter, people will choose feature set that best works for them. I'd love the embedded spen type in my iPhone, but I'm not trading force touch for it - others have opposite priorities. You have to weigh the whole of samsungs android and hardware to the whole of apples hardware and iOS. The cherry picking arguments are really biased. iPhones performance, and screen sharpness has been a great experience for me, and I rather have iOS than android (and i do give it a chance). For someone else, support and updates mean absolutely nothing - they prefer the sharpest screen ever - more power to them!!!

65. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple was not first to FP sensor. But absolutely, everyone should choose what they like best. I do.

69. AlikMalix unregistered

Would you rather use atrix FP sensor, or Apple Touch ID sensor every single time - 50 times a day? Atrix FP sensor dos not work most of the time and it was a standalone, not emended into a button you have your finger on all the time, and used throughout the ecosystem... Did Samsung and everyone else copy atrix version of FP sensor or iPhone version? Come on, do we really have to argue on this?

22. noman123

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2016

Good joke thay can not even make better screen to body ratio

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Been waiting for a full screen design like that concept since the day I saw it. Would be interesting to see a non-rectangular screen conforming to the device shape and UI that conforms to that.

16. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

That would be amazing but I would bet just about anything that this wouldn't happen next year. This would have to come from a company that actually innovates, not one that is always about 3 years behind on these kind of things. I'm sure someone like Samsung or LG (or maybe Huawei) will do this if it will happen at all, and then Apple will follow in three years. It will also be easier for Android phones because you already see on them virtual buttons, rear side fingerprint sensor, edge to edge displays, and the Snapdragon 820 used the flagships supposedly had the feature of ultrasonic fingerprint reader through any surface.

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

My sentiments, as well. If such a tech should debut in a smartphone, I doubt it will be from Apple.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Wish I had no life to save your posts and then make you eat them later when Apple actually does it.

30. lyndon420

Posts: 6945; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow man...crawl out from that rock you're under. Android has had full screens with virtual buttons for a few years now...not all OEM'S are doing it, but the smarter ones are. ;) It's cheaper to manufacture and there is no way for the buttons to fail - unless you smash the screen beyond recognition (my moto X screen is smashed but the virtual buttons still work which is kinda strange).

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Did you see the concept render above? Screen expanding, edge to edge, left to right, top to bottom. And imbedded button with localized haptic feedback, and possibly dead zones to avoid accidental input.

56. lyndon420

Posts: 6945; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah I saw it and I admit it looks amazing...I hope apple has this for their anniversary edition. I was referring to the virtual buttons more than anything else...my bad.

36. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Edge to edge screens with onscreen buttons, yeah, they've been around years. But nothing like this with basically just a screen, side to side and top to bottom. On screen buttons have their pros and cons. I like that they move around based on the screen orientation, but I don't like how they disappear and makes you have to swipe the edge to bring them up again, and that they take up space on the screen. Either way, of course Apple won't come with this kind of screen front unless another manufacturer does it first. I also think it would be stupid for Samsung (or some other manufacturer) to make this screen for Apple and not use it first in their own products.

61. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As someone else said, removing the top bezel means removing the front facing camera and sensors. I don't see it happening. Side to side screens do already exist.

11. sukrith2194 unregistered

This is probably true as Samsung is manufacturing the proposed screen and would introduce it with the S8 or note 8!

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