My Ridiculously Early Thoughts On Apple's (2017) iPhone

We won’t find out for sure until September or October, but luckily Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is here next week to placate us till then.

Since the grotesque hellscape that is American Politics in 2017 is largely unavoidable, let’s take a moment to talk about the 2017 iPhone(s). Apple enthusiasts are likely aware that the most accurate iPhone predictions begin to surface between the months of June and August. Some rumors don't pan out, but largely what seems most plausible is what comes to be.

This year, there’s some confusion in the Apple blogger community. Some rumors appear to show an iPhone with Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint security mechanism from the front of the device to the back. While some recent Android devices have gone that route, it would no doubt be controversial change for iPhone users (think about using a case).

I should note that some bloggers have speculated that the hole on the back of this rumored device could be reserved for wireless charging. I tend to disagree with that based on what Phil Schiller had to say regarding that topic a while back.

 iPhone 8 concept by graphic designer Moe Slah

iPhone 8 concept by graphic designer Moe Slah

Another rumor suggests that Apple has eliminated the home button altogether and opted to put the Touch ID sensor directly underneath the device’s OLED screen. Also, this device would have no bezels, i.e. an edge-to-edge screen and thus a changed aspect ratio. This, of course would be the more elegant design of the two. But which one is right?

Why not both?

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone, and I think the iPhone with Touch ID built into the screen will be the device to celebrate that event. It is however technically an “S” year and I think the first device with Touch ID on the back could actually be the iPhone 7S. Think of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.

We won’t find out for sure until September or October, but luckily Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is here next week to placate us till then. Be sure to check WWDC out for some news about all things iOS.