Apple’s iPhone 8 won’t have a home button. But you’ll still be able to unlock and pay for things with your fingerprint
The iPhone 8 – as multiple rumours have suggested since way back in 2014 – will feature a new type of display technology that will let Apple build TouchID directly into the display.
All you’ll have to do is rest your thumb or finger on the display itself to take a fingerprint reading. This move will allow Apple to design an iPhone with an all-display frontage.
Beyond TouchID, this technology opens up a myriad of options for integrating a plethora of sensors into the iPhone 8’s display. Sensors for things like a Retina Scanner and other cool things most people never even imagined using on a phone.
“Apple’s new micro LED touchscreens could incorporate a different pixel arrangement than what you’d used to seeing in a phone,” notes BGR.
“An interactive pixels subpixel arrangement would consist of red, green, blue, IR emitting, and IR sensing LEDs, or RGBIRSIR. The result would be a high-resolution display capable of performing tasks that do not require showing images.”
Apple acquired the company, LuxVue, that developed the technology way back in 2014. This is when all the rumours about iPhones without Home buttons started. See, rumours are great.
Apple is also said to be actively testing holographic iPhone screens for future iPhone models.
How these will work is pretty bonkers, but you can read all about it in these patent filings.