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iPhone 8 Concept Imagines ‘HomeBar’ with Virtual Home Button, Dark Mode

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Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 8 in September, and with only a few weeks to go we’ve been seeing some really interesting concept designs lately.

The latest batch of concept images comes from John Calkins, and he’s got some pretty exciting ideas for how Apple could roll out some key changes to the iPhone 8. Specifically, that OLED display, which will allegedly reach edge-to-edge, offering up quite a bit more screen real estate.

Calkins ideas show what a “HomeBar” might look like, which would live down near the bottom edge of the display, and make use of the changing size of the virtual Home button.

Calkins also envisions iOS 12 running on an iPhone with an OLED display for next year, where notifications have been given a pretty big revamp. The HomeBar means owners would be able to swipe through widgets, go back home, and even launch notifications when they come in.

Just as we’ve seen visualized in the Function Area, Calkins sees a future where the HomeBar could be contextual, popping up different functions based on the app that’s running at the time. We’ve seen this idea take life in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The concept includes grouped message notifications, so there’s not a single little box for everything that pops in, as well as a Dark Mode that would certainly take advantage of the iPhone 8’s OLED display.

[via 9to5Mac]

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