iPhone 8 to come with no home button, rumors suggest


The circular home button has been a staple of the Apple handset design ever since the original iPhone. However, according to rumors, originating from China, this will no longer be the case.

DigiTimes reports that the Chinese-language news media, Economic Daily News (EDN), claims that the iPhone 8 will actually ditch the home button altogether. EDN cited sources from one of Apple's key suppliers – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The Taiwanese company manufactures some of Apple's chips, and it's rumored that it already began production of the new A11 chip for the Cupertino tech giant.

In case you're thinking that Apple will adopt the Samsung approach and relocate its fingerprint scanner to the back of its phones, don't worry. According to EDN, the iPhone 8 will employ a technology that was actually expected to debut with the Galaxy S8, namely – an optical fingerprint scanner, embedded under the display. The same portion of the display is expected to double as an on-screen virtual home button as well, so the original functionality of the circular clicker will still be present on the next iPhone. These changes would be necessary if Apple pursues the all-screen design it's been rumored to develop for its next-gen smartphone.

If this report is to be believed, the new iPhone will also come with infrared image sensors to enhance camera functionality and enable better AR support. According to EDN, a change will also be coming to the display, as its aspect ratio will move away from the classic 9:16 in favor of 9:18.5, similar to the latest Samsung flagships.

Do take a grain of salt with these rumors, however, as both DigiTimes and EDN have a rather hit-and-miss record, when it comes to such reports.

via DigiTimes

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35 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ah, the rumour mill spinning again... No home button would be a surprise move by Apple, as that home button has become an iconic design of the iPhone since the first year it was launched.

12. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Not just iconic but it's very integrated into what makes iOS so easy to use. False rumours perhaps?

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It might be false rumor... But the question is, if Apple wants to follow bezel-less trend, how will Apple do that if that home button is to remain?

17. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thats true..

2. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So basically, the iPhone 8 will come with almost every Galaxy S8 feature the Apple trolls criticized and mocked

6. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You are not different from those you criticise when the first thing you do is to bring in the Samsung S8 into an unrelated article. seriously, I wish this site will only employ impartial mods, but I know they wouldn't cos of the traffic it brings. shame.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31021; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not like NoToFanboys is lying though.

10. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You are one of the very very few here I have respect for and I stand by what I said, I agree that both sides are really annoying, however, if you want to call yourself a "NoToFanboys", you might as well critic both sides.

34. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

And for some reason, my comment was deleted. Not that I find it surprising for PA to delete comments that are anti Apple fanboys.

8. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you even read the article? It also mentions the S8.

11. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I read the article and it mentions 2 things about the S8. 1. Touch ID (which might be a different implementation on the iPhone 8?) 2. The possibility of a similar display. so I was wondering why you were reaching when you said the iPhone "will come with almost every galaxy S8 feature"?

23. sissy246

Posts: 7109; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Doesn't matter it was only 2 things. It still is mentioned. So bitch at the writer for bring the s8 into the article.

26. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

In the article, it mentioned "no home button", "fingerprint scanner on the back", and "a change in aspect ratio" which are things people complain about on the S8 which are rumored to come on the iPhone 8. Also you left out the part, "the iPhone 8 will come with almost every Galaxy S8 feature THE APPLE TROLLS CRITICIZED AND MOCKED"

22. sissy246

Posts: 7109; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No he didn't or he would have seen that. All the little trolls come to articles just to troll the comments and never read.

9. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

The Galaxy S8 was mentioned in this article though.

28. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

Really blind can't see that,s8, is mentioned he's just salty.#9

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Umm, galaxy S8 has the scanner on the back. The S8 won't have dual cameras on front and back for advance AR. The iPhone 8 is rumored to have an all screen design where as the S8 has 9mm bezels on top and bottom. I can keep going and we don't even know what else it will have. The only thing I saw that was the same was the aspect ratio and a virtual home button....really dude?

15. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you see me say that the iPhone 8 will be identical to the S8? Read again, I said that the features people trolled Samsung for, are making their way to the iPhone 8.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The iphone will also has dual speakers, 3d touch including 3d sensing capabilities that the s8 wont have.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Let me ask you something. When a newer model phone appears, dont you expect it will have something an older phone doesnt? Guess what, there are features on Androids that the iPhone never will have. Is that even worth mentioning?

25. sissy246

Posts: 7109; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Key word RUMORED

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First ofd, it wont even matter if it is all screen, because its still going to have a smaller screen then the S7's and S8. Unless they are drilling a hole in the display for speaker and cameras, then it is needing a top bezel. What about this. How do you know that the s reen has an oncreen bezel, rhat is its own screen, which allows the wallpaper to stretch all the way like the reat is a screen? As as same? Its a slightly wider IPhone 6 deaign, with a 5.2" display. Since it is an anniversary model, why not 5.7 or 5.8 with QHD. At 5.1" evwn though they could go QHD, Apple may onmy offer FHD+. Stop talking about the S8. This is the iPhone and it needa to stabd in its own merit being rhe onky device to run iOS. I personally dont care if it has features or not. But if they plan to charge $1000, its needs to be more than a S6 edge or s7 edge. Because if that what it gonna be, where is the $1000 asking price justifies. After all PA queationed whether the Galaxy is worth $800. Yet comoare the IPhone 7 foe $650 a d the S7 original of $650, you can see the IPhonelacks in every single category.

16. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

For people who've been locked up in a cave for the past six months, PA was kind enough to repost this bit of news. Who says they've never done anything for ya?

18. zebraman

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Honestly if they put a finger print scanner under the screen. Putting a screen protector on your phone and the scanner won't work. So the screen will be more fragile and when it breaks it will cost even more to repair

20. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thats true.

21. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Chances are if they're putting a fingerprint sensor into the screen,. they've found a way to make it work with screen protectors.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why would it not work? I meam, doesn't your screen work with a screen protector on it? As long as its clears it wipp work. Ive unlocked my phone with plastic clear gloves on.

24. brazuca

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 12, 2016

I think Apple will embed an always on touch bar on the iPhone display.

27. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I'm going to laugh my ass to pieces if they go along the G6 and S8 aspect ratio...then suddenly all the sheep will praise the ratio

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Honestly, im rhinking since its only 5.1", Apple qill go FHD+, and everyone will say its a good move and praise it, even though the S has a QHD dis0kays and gets better batterylife vs the iPhone. Looks wider so they coikd make a bigger battery. Maybe 3000MaH.? And rhen it will be able to play a 2K videos natively, and all the iFans will praise it saying look it lasts as long as a Galaxy now. When it shoukd last longer. But wont. Like you said, everything they claimed was a gimmicky, useless and whatever, will now be said that Apple dis it better and blah blah. We know tge drill!

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