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Analyst predicts the iPhone’s home button will soon disappear

The iPhone’s home button will go extinct next year, according to an influential tech analyst.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Monday that he expects Apple to offer a trio of new iPhone models next year, all of them the using screen gestures the iPhone X uses instead of a home button.

Apple will keep the 5.8-inch OLED phone, and will also introduce an even bigger, 6.5-inch OLED device as well as a 6.1-inch phone with a lower-resolution LCD display, according to Kuo.

“We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market,” Kuo wrote in his research note.

Kuo predicts that the LCD phone will retail between $649 and $749, a far cry from the eye-watering $999 price tag currently slapped on the iPhone X.

He added that the lower price tag will make it an attractive option for customers looking to experience full-screen design and Face ID technology at a more affordable price.


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