A new report from Bloomberg about the new iPhone says there will be no home button. Replacing it will be gesture controls, the home button will go the way of the dodo, at least on the highest-end device to be released by Apple, replaced by a thin bar on the screen that lets users drag up to unlock the device or start multitasking, similar to recent animations we’ve seen leaked from current beta versions of iOS 11.
The Wall Street Journal claims Apple will hold an event on September 12 to announce the next slew of iPhones. Previous iPhone announcement events have been at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, but the Journal claims Apple may want to use the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, if construction activities allow for a minor disruption. Either way, we should see invites going out sometime next week.
Bloomberg reports Apple will be revealing the upgraded Apple TV this year, with support for 4K and HDR content. They claim it’s possible Apple will unveil the new set-top box at their event in September, which will be shared with whatever announcements we get about new iPhones. Launching alongside it will be a renewed focus on live TV content, possibly even a new TV app that can aggregate live TV content streaming within apps.
The New York Times claims Apple’s self-driving car project is now much more modest than previously rumoured. Instead of an Apple-branded autonomous vehicle, it’s said Apple are now working on the technology that will allow a car to drive itself. The New York Times reports that the first manifestation of this technology may be a self-driving commercially-available shuttle that will ferry Apple employees between campuses.
Bloomberg’s report on what’s going on with the iPhone 8 tells us about the rumours so far. We’ve seen enough leaks to have a pretty good picture of the kinds of features we’ll see in the next iPhone, even if we’ve seen similar features on competing devices. Bloomberg says that Apple might not always be the first to market with new features or form factors, but there are some new ideas being brought to the table this time around.
Leaked photos show off the display assembly (sans actual OLED display) for the next iPhone. The familiar edge-to-edge design that has been rumoured for weeks now is there, along with the small cutout at the top for the array of sensors and earpiece hole. Now that we’re in the part of the year where the next iPhone has entered production, it’s likely that we’ll see more of these park leaks going forward.
The latest developer and public betas of iOS 11 contain a feature that’s being called by some outlets as a “cop button”. Pressing the sleep/wake switch quickly fives times on a device running the current iOS 11 beta brings up the screen to dial emergency services, but also disables Touch ID until you re-enter your passcode. A passcode is said to be more secure than a fingerprint, but really it’s to stop law enforcement agencies getting into your device.
As the battle for original video content heats up, Apple will be putting up a solid fight with $1 billion to spend on producing and procuring original video content. Apple’s video efforts so far have been somewhat poorly received, but even if you’re not a fan of Apple Music’s Carpool Caraoke or Planet of the Apps, there’s still a chance that Apple might come out with something good. It has to happen eventually, right?
We now have a name for the copper-coloured iPhone that we’ve seen leaked, with a tweet claiming that Foxconn’s internal name for the device is “blush gold“. The blush gold versions that we’ve seen so far still appear to have a black front, at least for the parts where you can see a black border around the edge-to-edge display.
The next iPhone has been revealed via photos of a dummy unit. Even though there aren’t any working parts within the demo units, we now get an extremely clear picture of what the next iPhone is expected to look like. The 5.8-inch display extends nearly all the way to the edge, housed within an enclosure that’s smaller than the Plus-sized iPhone but has a larger display. There’s also photos of the rumoured copper colour, with the next iPhone also expected to have a glass back.