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Apple might need you to change the way you use the iPhone 8

By Cookie Monster - on 31 Aug 2017, 12:00am

Apple might need you to change the way you use the iPhone 8

From left to right: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7 Plus. (Image source: iDROPNEWS.)

With the physical Touch ID likely to be removed in the next iPhone 8, Apple might require you to learn new navigation styles for the iPhone 8. 

Based on images of the iPhone 8 shared with Bloomberg News and sources familiar with the device, there will be an iPad-like Dock, enhanced multitasking menu and new navigation gestures to make up for the lack of the familiar Touch ID button.

A thin, software bar is said to have replaced the Touch ID button across the bottom of the display. This software bar, which is called the "function bar" by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, can house frequently used apps similar to the one on the iPad running iOS 11. The software bar can be dragged to the middle of the display to unlock the phone.

When using an app, the same gesture will activate multitasking  where you can flick upwards to close an app and go back to the home screen. The multitasking interface is reportedly redesigned to look like a series of cards which you can swipe through, unlike the current interface of stacked cards. 

Other notable changes include a longer power button on the right for easier access in one hand, a flat display and a stainless steel frame. The notch area at the top of the screen, which houses the front-facing cameras, sensors and earpiece, will be deliberately not hidden. This will lead to the status bar splitting into left and right sides, which are dubbed "ears" by some Apple employees. The status bar could change based on the type of apps you are using. 

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models, the Apple Watch Series 3 and an upgraded Apple TV model with 4K output in mid September. 

Source: Bloomberg