Apple is possibly looking forward to completely get rid of the iPhone's physical home button in the future devices, as suggested by some of the design changes in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple's original iPhone in 2007 was a game changer and revolutionized the way in which one perceived the mobile phone space. The same iPhone brought the home button feature which made it easy for users to navigate the handset easily.
The home button as Steve Jobs succinctly put at the time would take a user home "from wherever you are."
The design change was seen as a radical move especially considering competing devices from Nokia and BlackBerry needed one to press several keys and buttons to navigate. Several generations later, the round button on the iPhone continues to remain a notable feature synonymous with the brand.
However, on Friday, Sept. 25, when the latest iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s go on sale, they will mark a new chapter for Apple - practically a button-less experience for the iPhone use.
That's right, while Apple has not removed the physical home button on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, some of the new functionalities the smartphones bring such as a pressure-sensitive touchscreen also known as 3D Touch, as well as the more efficient Siri could be indicators of things to come in the near term.
The new design changes all point to the direction of Apple working towards negating the need of a home button completely.
We reported in June that Apple was looking work without the home button for the next-gen iPhones. However, experts estimate that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor's integration into the display may prove to be a hurdle and prevent Apple from making progress into making a sans home button iPhone a reality.
For starters wondering why Apple would look to kill off a defining feature its smart phones are known for, getting rid of the physical home button would give the company more screen space to work with.
This in turn would enable it to work toward bringing a bigger screen on a svelte physical body, which would mean that even though Apple would be able to increase the display size it would not compromise on the physical size of the phone. Therefore, Apple would be bringing a handset that has a bigger screen but is still easy to hold and use single-handedly despite the bigger screen size.
Moreover, an iPhone with no button would also fit hand-in-glove with the company's design sensibilities of having a sleek, aesthetic looking device.