Monday, 18 December, 2017

Apple's Latest Patent Suggests Big iPhone Changes Are Coming

Sherri Watson | 17 February, 2017, 01:39

The display, however, will have just 5.15 inches of usable space, with the rest reserved for virtual buttons, tech website MacRumors reported, citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a solid reputation for predicting Apple products.

That seems like a lot of real estate for virtual buttons, so we're hoping that this function area would automatically turn off when you're binge watching Netflix or playing games.

Apple appears to be thinking seriously about removing the iPhone's Home Button sensor.

Kuo expects this year's iPhone, which might be called either the iPhone X or the iPhone 8, to sport a 5.8-inch screen.

Kyo further adds that the device could feature new biometric technologies to replace the current fingerprint recognition technologies. With the two deals, Apple has agreed to pay Samsung Display 13 trillion won ($11.2 billion) for 160 million OLED displays. In addition to Tuesday's patent, Apple has in recent months been awarded patents on similar technologies that would allow users to press their fingers against the smartphone's screen and get the same functionality as the iPhone's existing Home Button.

Apple declined to comment, and BOE declined to comment on talks with customers.

Though the iPhone 8 would feature a 5.8-inch display, the actual display area will be only 5.15-inch. Kuo's prediction corroborates with a report from the New York Times past year claiming that the next-gen iPhone would sport virtual buttons rather than physical controls.

Not to mention, Apple could use what it learned with the Touch Bar, which was introduced in the new MacBook Pro.

With past iPhone 8 rumours having suggested the phone will move its integrated fingerprint scanner beneath the screen after ditching the home button, the latest claims would fit with these reports.

Considering Apple sells 200 million iPhones a year, the combined 160 million units of OLED panels will make up nearly 80 percent of the entire sales.