Amidst industry rumours that Apple will not have a home button on their iPhone 8 release this year – it appears that Samsung may follow in their footsteps, as they prepare to release the new Galaxy S8 design.
The picture seems to show a Samsung logo in place of the home button, featured on the brand’s S7 series model.
Removing a home button on an Android device is more straightforward than doing the same on iPhone. There are a number of reasons for this to include the default support for a virtual onscreen home button installed on Android devices. It appears that Apple has included its home button feature as an integral part of operating with iOS devices, by incorporating the ID fingerprint sensor underneath. This has been the case since production of the iPhone 5s. Similarly, each model in the Samsung Galaxy series has included an oval-shaped, long length button underneath its display.
While rumors remain in circulation, that the iPhone 8 model to be released this year will not have a home button, it remains possible that the company may simulate the feeling of pressing a button by using Taptic feedback technology.
It seems that Apple may already be a step ahead, setting the scene for this transition with the current iPhone 7 – which includes a solid-slate haptic home button which makes no clicking sound at the point of touch. In contrast, Apple’s Taptic Engine technology gives the user the same feeling as that created on the Macbook Force Touch trackpad.
The entire model range rumoured for release by Apple in late 2017 are the iPhone 7s series, following the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (available with screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches) and the iPhone 8 – a premium 10th Anniversary redesign featuring 5.2 inch OLED display.
Samsung is believed to be preparing to remove the wrapping from its Galaxy S8 range – to be showcased at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The trade show is scheduled to take place between the 27th of February and 2nd of March.
Apple is expected to only release iPhone hardware later in the year – it is predicted by September.