According to reports, new rumors are now noting that Apple may introduce the iPhone 13 without a button.
A U.S. patent application suggested that the company investigate “capacitive sensing input devices.” The physical buttons will be replaced by “hidden backlit holes” that will only appear in use and disappear while the sensing input system will remain below the surface of the phone screen. The device can suffer less mechanical damage and give the sleeve a smooth edge.
“The deviation of the metal frame of the input device causes a change in the capability used to control the function of the electrical device,” Apple explained. “The input device appears invisible because it is made of the same material as the housing. Hidden backlit holes can selectively make the input visible or invisible to the user.”
It is not certain whether TechDev will introduce this feature in the new iPhone 13, or wait until 2022 and beyond to integrate it into other iterations or products in its offering.
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