IPhone 8 Home button will turn into a virtual one, and will receive a touch screen in the entire front panel

As we already mentioned, last week Apple released an early firmware for the HomePod smart-column, which will not go on sale until December 2017. Developers continue to find in the firmware interesting hints of the function of the future iPhone 8 . This time, the details about the features of the virtual home button became known. They shared the developer Steven Trowton-Smith (Steve Troughton-Smith), through his Twitter-account.

According to the source, the button can change its size if necessary. Also, the indicator can be hidden altogether, so that it can not be seen, for example, if the user is watching the video in full-screen mode. The API for changing the color of the functional area is not provided. Tab panels are also marked, which will be located under the area with controls.

Recall that in 2017, most analysts expect a great redesign, since Apple will celebrate 10 years with the release of the first iPhone. As one of the upcoming innovations most often mentioned OLED-display. IPhone 8 will receive a touch screen in the entire front panel, the hardware Home button will turn into a virtual one, in fact, its functions, including fingerprint recognition of the Touch ID, will execute the screen section. Also reported on advanced biometric capabilities, improved mechanism of tactile feedback Taptic engine and wireless charging.

The latest leaks, predict the appearance in 2017 of three versions of the iPhone. The flagship will be a luxury iPhone 8 or iPhone X with 5.8-inch OLED-screen and a double vertical camera is more expensive than 1000 US dollars. The simpler 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus with LCD-displays will get fewer differences from the current generation of smartphones Apple, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The main innovations should be the A11 processor, the glass rear panel and wireless charging.

Since the release of the  original iPhone  in 2007, Apple is releasing the next generation once a year. With the release of the  iPhone 3GS  in 2009, the company has established the tradition of even-numbered years to produce a noticeable update with the next figure in the model name and a new design of the case, and on odd – a model with a suffix “s” in the title and changes, mainly relating to “under-hood” And program components.

Based on this tradition, the appearance in 2017 of models of iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus looks logical. Nevertheless, given the anniversary release and analyst reports on low sales of the iPhone 7, experts tend to expect a significantly improved iPhone 8 for next year, not in 2018.

The current generation of smartphones, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company introduced to the public on September 7, 2016. The main innovations were the design with the plastic inserts for antennas shifted to the edges, the protection against water according to the IP67 standard, the touch, not the mechanical one, the Home button and the powerful quad-core Apple A10 processor. In addition to everything else, the large 7 Plus version uses a dual camera with an optical zoom and blurring of the background of pictures in the style of SLR cameras. In addition, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lost 3.5-mm audio jack mini-jack, but in the kit with the smartphone is supplied a cable adapter for connecting ordinary headphones to the port Lightning. At the time of release, the  iPhone 7 was the most powerful smartphone in the world .