There have been rumors of a radical iPhone redesign in time for the release of 2017’s model, and while we have had publications back those rumors up in part, today the New York Times weighed in with its own corroboration that next year may be the best year to buy an iPhone.
While the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are just under a couple of days away from landing in the hands of those who managed to pre-order last week, attention is already turning towards what Apple has up its sleeve for next year’s model.
2017 will see the tenth birthday for the iPhone, and Apple is expected to pull out all the stops to ensure that we receive a handset that will wow big time.
According to the NYT, that wow-factor will come from an edge-to-edge display that essentially does away with bezels across the range. That design also means that the current Touch ID/Home button set up will be redundant, with the button going altogether. Instead, a 3D-Touch may be the order of the day, with the button itself embedded in the screen to allow for as small a group of screen bezels you’re likely to see for a while.
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.
It is suspected that the move to a 3D Touch button rather than physical one in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a mere stepping stone towards removing the physical button completely. Should that be the case, 2017 may well be the best year to buy an iPhone since the original. After all, Apple already has patent applications in the system for, you guessed it, buttons embedded inside touch screens.
(source: New York Times)
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