Rumors, concepts and predictions: We are back in the rainy season with regard to the new upcoming iPhone. While it will take a while before the iPhone 8 will be announced in September, creativity starts with new concepts. This time, a new concept of iDropNews gives an idea of how the function panel can look like.
In February 2017, the coming of a so-called 'function area' was first discussed. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 8 has a touch-sensitive surface below the screen, at the place where the home button is now. This function panel, together with the rest of the screen, provides a screen size of approximately 5.8-inch. But what can Apple do with such a function panel?
In these new concepts, you can see how the feature panel can be used in Safari, the Photos app, answering a phone call, and managing your music. For an incoming call, the function panel can show buttons to answer, refuse, set a reminder, or send a message quickly. This corresponds to the buttons you already have on the Touch Bar in the latest MacBook Pro.
While navigating through Safari, you now find the buttons in the taskbar in this function panel. Because the tabs, playlists, share and navigation buttons are now at the bottom, there is more space for the web pages on the rest of the screen. Another advantage is that these buttons can always be displayed while they are disappearing while scrolling. The Photos app shows the editing options at the bottom, which allows the photo to be displayed in almost the full size.
In the home screen, the function panel can also be used to show current music. At the bottom left you will find the album cover with the title, artist and play buttons. This will slightly match the current bar you already find in the music app. Finally, in the renders, the Touch ID sensor is also incorporated into the function panel, which means that it does not have to be on the backside or completely absent. Whether Apple gets used to realizing this is still uncertain. The iPhone 8 screen poses challenges due to the Touch ID sensor.
Still, after this concept, we still have a lot of questions. For example, it's unclear how to return from an app to the home screen, if there are many other app-specific buttons in the bottom. An option is that Apple uses 3D Touch. By pressing hard on the function panel, you could return to the home screen. Nevertheless, the concept of substance gives thought to what Apple may be using a function panel, although it is also possible that the practice is less spectacular.