2017 iPhone Could Feature Edge-to-Edge Display with Embedded Front-Facing Camera, Touch ID Sensor

Apple pundit John Gruber who runs the Daring Fireball blog has reportedly learned that the next year’s iPhone—which some people think will be marketed as ‘iPhone 8’ rather than ‘iPhone 7s’—may sport an edge-to-edge display that could allow an entirely new form-factor device to have a slightly smaller appearance without sacrificing screen size.

But that’s not all: although Gruber did not say this with complete certainty, he’s heard “scuttlebutt“ suggesting Apple’s somehow managed to integrate Touch ID fingerprint verification, a front-facing camera and other components into the screen itself.

Gruber says that there are some questions, though, regarding sizing. He says that he’s unsure if Apple will “shrink the actual thing” to fit the screen sizes we already use in our hands, or whether they’re going to “grow the screens” to fit the devices we’re already using.

This is becoming a constant rumor at this point. While the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are starting to see some more attention in their own right, the major focus for a lot of reports have been on what’s coming in 2017. Some analysts believe the handset will indeed boast an all-new form factor, so much so that Apple could name the device the iPhone 8.

Moreover, that display is said to 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.

There was a leak recently that reportedly showed an edge-to-edge display on an iPhone 7, but that was pretty quickly shot down, and wouldn’t seem to line up with what Gruber has heard as that leak showed an iPhone with the same “forehead and chin” design.

Here’s the full excerpt from The Talk Show:
I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard—now this is not really from the rumor mill but just scuttlebutt that I’ve heard—is that it will be an all-new form factor.
And there have been some rumors, I guess, but what I’m saying is that I’ve heard this independently and it is completely getting rid of the chin and forehead of the phone.
The entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display.
What I don’t know… I have no idea, but whether that means that they’re going to shrink the actual thing in your hand to fit the screen sizes we already have, or whether they’re going to grow the screens to fit the devices we’re already used to holding… I don’t know.

So, Apple may already have many of the necessary technological pieces in place to produce a cutting-edge iPhone with an edge-to-edge display that embeds Touch ID, various sensors, the speaker and other components into the screen itself.

2017 can’t come soon enough!


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