Say goodbye to the buttons on your. It may be the last iPhone to feature the on/off button. The is scheduled to make an at , and the new iPhone could go buttonless. But without the little bars on the side, how will you control your iPhone? Here's what rumors suggest Apple may do instead.
A US patent application spotted by Apple Insider suggests the company is investigating "capacitive sensing input devices." Apparently these input devices, aka buttons, will be "invisible backlit holes" that appear when touched and disappear when not in use.
This approach sounds pretty slick and will no doubt add a bit of elegance if applied to any device. The big question is whether a feature like this will find its way into the next iteration of the iPhone, or if we have to wait until 2022 or beyond in order to see Apple integrate it. It's not an entirely wild concept and fits with other possible changes Apple may make to.
For example, there's been talk of the. Instead of a physical reader, though, the new scanner would live under the surface of the phone's screen. It's a tactic that certainly matches a buttonless, should Apple choose to go this route.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman commented on the rumors about the fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID, in an August Power On Newsletter. Gurman speculates that the under-screen Touch ID sensor "won't make the cut" for the iPhone 13. He says that Apple will embed Face ID under the display instead of Touch ID.
Apple already killed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 back in 2016, and rumors suggest the Lightning port might be getting the ax as well. If the and goes all-in on wireless charging, it would become Apple's first . Why not add buttonless to the mix?
This patent application could be associated with an entirely different product than the iPhone. After all, much of what we think we know about Apple's anticipated handset is conjecture.. However, one thing is clear: All these mysteries will be dispelled at , scheduled for next week.