If you watch science fiction movies, you might have
come across transparent smartphones. In fact, you might
have seen more than that. Damn, some companies have
planned to make those already in the future. However,
these plans are just that: plans. No one has perfected
see-through displays. One key component of these
futuristic devices is that they have no visible buttons
anywhere on the screen; what use would a see-through
display be if there’s some weird button blocking the
view? Well, Apple has come one step closer to that; the
iPhone 8 will have no buttons. Surprise! Oh, hang on,
that’s just a rumor.
Amongst other things, the iPhone 8 might come without
the home button. This means that it will have a complete
full-screen display. What, then, will the bottom of the
screen contain? According to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, this
area will be a “function area”. This function area will have
virtual, on-screen buttons, which will be “always-on”.
That’s basically all we know about this function area, but
that’s big enough news. Further speculation tells us that
the always-on display will have static system controls;
also, the user will be able to switch from static display to
active display while watching videos or playing games.
But then, speculations, speculations. . .
There’s more, however. Remember when I talked about
“complete full-screen” earlier? I meant that literally; there
will be no top and bottom bezels! That’s some futuristic
stuff right there, folks. Do you want more futuristic
rumors? Here you go: the iPhone 8 will have an in-built
fingerprint reader in its screen. At this point, I’m basically
screaming at Apple “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!” .
Well, Apple has always been good at taking out money;
they patented a new way to do that in 2014, when
acquired the patent rights of an “interactive display panel
with IR diodes”. That’s a fancy way to say “on-screen
fingerprint reader”, and Apple owns the patent. Man, the
iPhone 8 is going to be a futuristic monster, whether
these rumors are true or not. Apple, just take our money.