In fact, during the review of the newest handset from Apple, The New York Times, managed to slip in a quick paragraph on why upgrading to the 7 line this year might not be a bad idea, simply to prepare for what’s arriving next year in the 2017 iPhone. The NYT spoke with two individuals that work for Apple, under the assumption of anonymity, who said that next year’s iPhone will not only feature an edge-to-edge display, but also a “virtual button” embedded right into the display.
“But taking the leap to the 7 may be a wise bet, even for late technology adopters. Apple is likely to continue making iPhones without headphone jacks, and next year’s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen, according to two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity because the product details are private. Apple declined to comment on next year’s iPhones.”
It’s actually not entirely new information. In fact, we heard these same features would be featured in the 2017 iPhone dating back to May of this year. Not only will the Home button (which is already not a button in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) be an integrated aspect of the display itself, but so will the front-facing camera and, of course, the Touch ID sensor.
Earlier reports have suggested that the new display will be an AMOLED panel, the handset is said to feature “no Home button,” and that it could boast some form of wireless charging. Rumors that Apple will launch an OLED-equipped iPhone have been buzzing for quite some time, and 2017 has been pegged as the year where it will supposedly happen.