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You'll have to learn how to use your iPhone all over again with the next one, says report

  • The iPhone 8 will reportedly ditch the home button.
  • Users will interact with the device through gestures, according to a report.
  • The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most high end of three iPhone models coming next month.


Apple's iPhone 8 will ditch the home button, Bloomberg said Wednesday.

The iPhone 8, which is expected to be the most high end of three new iPhones, including the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, will reportedly allow users to interact with the phone through swipe gestures from the bottom of the screen.

This aligns with earlier reports that suggested Apple was either removing the home button entirely or moving part of it, including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, to the back of the phone. A note from KGI Securities in July, for example, said Apple was still trying to embed the fingerprint reader underneath the display, though Apple may have bailed on those plans due to manufacturing issues.

Bloomberg said gestures will allow users to multitask with multiple apps and return to the home screen, the latter of which is one of the current primary functions of the home button.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple will introduce its new iPhones during an event on Sept. 12. Apple has yet to announce the event.

CNBC reached out to Apple for comment but a spokesperson was not immediately available.

Read the full report on Bloomberg.

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