The days of the iPhone’s home button look numbered. Three new iPhone models, slated to be unveiled next month, will all do away with the home button, mimicking the design of last year’s $1,000 iPhone X model, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday.
That’s despite the fact that the iPhone X’s lack of a home button — which forces users to use thumb gestures instead — outraged many Apple fans and likely crimped sales, according to some critics.
On the positive side, the new iPhones will boast significantly bigger, edge-to-edge screens. The larger model will boast a 6.5-inch OLED screen — dwarfing the iPhone X’s 5.8 inches and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 8 Plus, according to Bloomberg.
Elsewhere, the new iPhones will look virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone X, keeping the notch at the top of the screen to accommodate the earpiece and the phone’s Face-ID tech, but they will have faster processing speeds and a beefed-up camera.
The story didn’t comment specifically on what the new iPhones will cost, although it said the new iPhones will be sold in “a wider range of prices.”
The new line will include a cheaper iPhone aimed at more budget-conscious customers, according to the report. It will feature a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge display, but it will be a lower-quality LCD and the phone will be made of aluminum like the iPhone 8 instead of stainless steel like the X.
The iPad Pro also is expected to receive an update that will eliminate its home button and introduce the iPhone X’s Face ID technology to the tablet.