Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and building other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new machine viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the contraption.

The home button is the key to the iPhone and the design hasn’t changed much because it launched in 2007. Currently, consumers click it to return to the starting app grid that greets them multiple times a day. They hold it down to talk to the Siri digital deputy. Double click it and you get multitasking where different apps screens is also possible swiped through like a carousel.

Apple is preparing three new iPhones for debut next month. One of the models, a new high-end device, packs in enough changes to make it one of the biggest iPhone updates in the product’s decade-long history. With a crisper screen that takes up virtually the entire front, Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button–even a digital one–in favor of new gesture controls for tasks like going to the main app grid and opening multitasking, according to the people and the images.

The new iPhone dock will be similar to the dock feature on iOS 11 for iPad shown here.


In the new, high-end iPhone, Apple also plans a taller screen with rounded corners, a cutout at the top of the display for the camera and sensors, and new antenna locatings, the images depict. Apple often tests different intends and the details may differ from what the company ultimately releases. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Across the bottom of the screen there’s a thin, software saloon in lieu of the home button. A customer can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside an app, a similar gesture starts multitasking. From here, users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen. An animation in testing sucks the app back into its icon. The multitasking interface has been redesigned to appear like a series of standalone cards that can be swiped through, versus the stack of cards on current iPhones, the images depict.

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The new model’s overall sizing will be similar to that of the iPhone 7, but it will include an OLED screen that is slightly larger than the one on the iPhone 7 Plus( 5.5 -inches ), people familiar with the product “ve told” Bloomberg News. The telephone will have symmetrical, slim bezels around the totality of the screen, signifying the area below the screen that used to house the home button and the area above the screen for the earpiece have been removed. The earpiece, facial recognition sensor, and selfie camera are instead present in a cutout, or “notch,” at the top of the screen, the images depict.

The new screen is rounded on the corners, while current iPhone screens have square corners. The power button on the right side of phone is longer so it is easier to press while holding the device in one hand, according to the images and the person or persons.

The screen is also noticeably taller than the iPhone 7 Plus’s screen, intending it is unable to present more of a web page or additional text messages, the person or persons mentioned. The telephone will still have six vertical rows of apps, indicating 24 icons on each page, excluding the dock, a grey bar at the bottom that homes commonly used apps. The dock is redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11, the images show.

Apple has opted to not conceal the notch region at the top of the screen, depicting a definitive cutout at the top of apps with non-black backgrounds. The cutout is noticeable during app usage in the midst of the very top of the screen, where the status bar( the field that indicates cellular reception, the time, and battery life) would normally be placed, according to the images. Instead, the status saloon will be split into left and right sides, which some Apple employees call “ears” internally. In images of recent test machines, the left side shows the time while the region on the right side of the notch displays cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity and remaining battery life. Because of limited space, the status saloon could change on the basis of the task at hand, according to person or persons familiar with the testing.

The color reproduction of the OLED screen means that when the showing depicts black, it blends in virtually perfectly with the phone’s notch and thin black rims on the front, presenting a seamless appear, according to the people familiar with the product. The screen itself, nonetheless, is flat like current and past iPhones and absence the fully curved showings of the most recent Samsung phones.

Apple likewise plans to include a stainless steel band around the phone which the glass curves into. The steel band has small antenna cuts on the corners like past iPhones to improve reception, the images depict. Apple previously used steel sides and a glass casing for the iPhone 4 and 4s before moving to a mainly metal back and sides with the iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 line and newer have had entirely metal backs.

Apple also is planning two additional new iPhone models that use faster processors, but include the same screens as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new machines will debut at Apple’s September launch event alongside upgraded Apple TV and Apple Watch modelings.