We have been hearing various rumours in the past few months, including those from reputed sources like KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, regarding a possible ‘Function Area’ in Apple’s upcoming 10th anniversary edge-to-edge OLED ‘iPhone 8’, that may replace the current physical home button. Now, we have a new concept from iDropNews that beautifully imagines all we know so far about the speculated feature.
It is believed that this so called ‘Function Area’ would be a portion of the iPhone 8’s rumored 5.8-inch display, that would also serve as a virtual home button. In addition to that, Apple may integrate app-contextual controls into this area, similar to what they did on the MacBook Pro’s new OLED Touch Bar. From music and video controls to app-specific buttons, the possibilities for a ‘Function Area’ could be endless.
The big question is, will this ‘Function Area’ also feature an embedded Touch ID, or will Apple completely switch to biometric facial recognition instead? I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, check out some more concept images below and tell us what you think.