Friday, June 28, 2013

The new iPhone 5S / iPhone 6 will have no home button?

Would it surprise you if Apple ditch the physical home button for the soon-to-be-announced iPhone 5S/6? Rumour suggests it might make a landmark break from traditional iPhone design.

Eagerly waiting for the next iPhone? Rival Samsung have so far launched Galaxy S4, S4 mini, Note 2 and Galaxy Grand since Apple launched its single product, the iPhone 5.

According to a report Taiwanese site, which was brought to wider attention by Cult of Mac, the iPhone 5S will drop a physical home button in favour of an on-screen capacitive presser.

It’s not known whether the change, which flies in the face of reports that the seventh-gen iPhone will differ little from the current model, is to allow Apple to equip the handset with a larger screen.

The site does disclose, however, that the new button will be coated in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass to make it more resistant to the kind of wear and tear that has caused problems with iPhones’ physical buttons in the past.

Apple purportedly also favours sapphire glass because it is compatible with optic sensors.


Industry consensus suggests that the iPhone 5S will land in September 2013. The phone is set to be the first in which the iOS software that powers iPhones is helmed by hardware design hero Jonathan Ive.

Ive is expected to usher in a new iOS era marked by a 'flatter' look and feel and less in the way of cutesy skeuomorphic icons, whereby apps resemble real life objects – for example, the current Notes app that takes on the form of a notebook.

iPhone 5S/ iPhone 6 specifications? Source

Display      : 4.0 inches
Resolution : 1136 x 640 pixels
IGZO screen technology
Processor  : iOS 7
Camera     : 12.0 megapixel
Storage     : 128 GB internal memory (optional)
NFC chip
Fingerprint (for unlocking and payments)
Global 4G support
A7 chip
1.2GHz quad-core

Impressive! But I'm waiting for a screen size of at least 4.5-inch for the next generation iPhone. This is a deal breaker for me.

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