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iPhone X won't have a Home button, according to patent

Apple's patent teases smart materials will help usher in no physical Home button on iPhone X

By Anthony Garreffa from Feb 12, 2017 @ 21:29 CST

We're getting to see more of Apple's hopefully revolutionary iPhone X, through a new patent application by Apple that uses a new material that's described as "deformable touch-sensitive quantum tunneling material", reports Patently Apple.

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The new material could see Apple not using a physical Home button on the iPhone X, and it would allow the company to finally make a waterproof iPhone, something smartphone owners have been wanting for years.

Apple could also release a new 'Smart iPhone Case' which would feature touch-sensitive material, with the second layer "comprising a second touch-sensitive material disposed below the first layer. An electrical resistance of the first and second layers changes differently in response to application of a force to the first layer", reports Patently Apple.

Patently Apple's awesome deep dive into Apple's new patent is a great read - check it out.



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