Here's What the Status Bar and iPad-Style Dock Could Look Like on 'iPhone 8'
Aug 30, 2017 9:12 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Earlier today, well-connected Apple reporter Mark Gurman said the so-called "iPhone 8" will have a thin software-based bar along the bottom of the home screen, controlled by gestures, in lieu of a physical home button.

Gurman also said the Dock, which houses up to four commonly used apps, will be redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11. Above it, there will still be six rows of apps, with up to 24 apps per page.

The status bar is said to be split into left and right sides, which some Apple employees supposedly call "ears" internally. By default, the left side shows the time, while the right side displays Wi-Fi, signal bars, and battery life.

With those details in mind, graphic designer Olivier Charavel created a mockup of what the Home screen could look like on the iPhone 8.


Charavel also shared a mockup of Apple's Health app as an example of what apps could look like on the iPhone 8 accordingly.


Gurman said users can drag the gesture bar up to the middle of the screen to unlock the device. When inside an app, a similar gesture starts multitasking, and users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen.

Guilherme Rambo shared a video that demonstrates how it could look once the Dock has been summoned, based on Apple's iOS simulator for developers.More Coverage: iOS 11 Dock and Gesture Controls to Replace "iPhone 8" Home Button Entirely by Tim Hardwick

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14 months ago
Okay, but really hope app "cards" look like this instead of the Health app picture in the article.

Rating: 20 Votes
14 months ago

Really hoping there is still some sort of "home button" in software. I can't see any kind of usability at all with some hidden idea of "gestures" to get things done. I just can't see my mother (or any older person) being comfortable with an iPhone that doesn't have an obvious "home" button, even if it's a virtual one drawn in the same place on the screen as the hardware one.

Strongly agree. Apple has been reducing usability steadily ever since they shed skeumohism, which is when a hardware design expert started pretending he was skilled at software user experience design. Getting rid of the home button is that final step in eliminating what made the iPhone so approachable to so many. It's a sad day if true.
Rating: 15 Votes
14 months ago
Ugly, honestly.
Rating: 15 Votes
14 months ago

This I'm okay with. Show carrier name when swiping down like Android and it'll be fine. Just don't get rid of the clock!

Excellent point - the carrier name won't be visible.

Yay! Be gone, extraneous data.
Rating: 13 Votes
14 months ago
Really hoping there is still some sort of "home button" in software. I can't see any kind of usability at all with some hidden idea of "gestures" to get things done. I just can't see my mother (or any older person) being comfortable with an iPhone that doesn't have an obvious "home" button, even if it's a virtual one drawn in the same place on the screen as the hardware one.

My expectation is the virtual home button will automatically appear "on raise", based on the motion and proximity sensors.
Rating: 11 Votes
14 months ago
I want to reserve judgement but I'm not gonna. Hate the notch. Hate it. My brain will never accept the visual distraction.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago

Really hoping there is still some sort of "home button" in software. I really can't see any kind of usability at all with some hidden idea of "gestures" to get things done. I just can't see my mother (or any older person) being comfortable with an iPhone that doesn't have an obvious "home" button.

There's still Assistive touch.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago
That notch is distracting and ugly af. Still surprised a company that prides itself on design, passed such a look. Dang.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
Reminds me of Palm's WebOS. Just goes to show how ahead of the their time they were with the gestures and multitasking.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago
Nice, but I don't think the bar will be the thin and long, perhaps something similar to the NC and CC ones on the lock screen back in iOS 7?

Rating: 6 Votes

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