Arriving sans home button with an all-glass bezel-less design, naysayers have speculated that the radical revamp could alienate some consumers — particularly those who’ve grown accustomed to the aforementioned button. In a new article, Bloomberg tech expert Mark Gurman has expanded further on the major change and how it works:
Across the bottom of the screen there’s a thin, software bar in lieu of the home button. A user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside an app, a similar gesture starts multitasking. From here, users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen. An animation in testing sucks the app back into its icon.
On facial recognition, he said:
It’s going to be really cool; it’s going to be this ambient security where the phone knows it’s you and if it understands [that], it will unlock with the swipe of a thumb.
An accompanying graphic demonstrated the reimagined design (above), while you can watch Gurman explain in the video below.
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