The single home button is a signature of the iPhone. A distinctive physical button on the bottom of the screen, simplistic enough in looks yet capable of doing so many different functions in navigating iOS. Like Apple says, “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone”.
But what if we could do away with the home button in favor of, say, increasing screen size? I’d like that. Function over form, right? But what about Touch ID which has been embedded into the home button since the iPhone 5s?
Last Tuesday, July 21, 2015, security firm Sonovation announced a breakthrough saying they’ve found a way to integrate fingerprint sensors under glass material, specifically Corning Gorilla Glass. What this means for the mobile industry is that Touch ID is literally the entirety of your device’s screen and is no longer limited to the home button. You can unlock your iPhone by touching the screen, anywhere on the screen, and it works even if your finger’s oily, moist or dirty. Imagine that.
One caveat is that currently the technology only works with Corning Gorilla Glass, and Apple reportedly has plans to use sapphire glass with future iPhones. We’ll see how Apple decides to go with this: either move to sapphire or stay with Gorilla Glass, at least until Sonovation’s tech has matured enough.
Until then, I’m sticking with the 4-digit passcode on my iPhone 5c.