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Hot on the heels of a report describing the buttonless interface on the "iPhone 8," designers and developers have begun circulating media hinting at what it might look like in practice.
Mockups by French designer Olivier Charavel show not just Bloomberg's reported split status bar — accommodating the "iPhone 8's" sensor notch — but the "thin software bar" said to be towards the bottom. Users will allegedly have to drag this upwards to unlock the phone or launch multitasking.
A Charavel image and a short video by Brazilian developer Guilherme Rambo picture iOS 11's iPad dock transposed onto the iPhone. A similar dock is expected on the "iPhone 8," if modified to fit the dimensions of a smaller screen.
The "iPhone 8" is generally rumored to have a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display, jettisoning the physical home button found on every previous iPhone. While offering some benefits, Apple is thought to be using a mix of new interface tropes and 3D facial recognition to get around limitations, such as a lack of Touch ID.
A press event is likely set for Sept. 12.