The iPhone 8 and iOS 11 are expected to launch later this year, but one designer has taken a look even further ahead and designed a concept around what a hypothetical iOS 12 software update could look like. As the company releases a new iPhone and major iOS update every year, the two are inextricably linked, so the concept also hints at new hardware features that could make their way to the iPhone 9.
“Prince Studio,” a graphic designer from Tel Aviv, created a concept on his Behance gallery that shows a number of groundbreaking features. Headline features include a redesigned user interface, an always-on display like the ones found on Android devices, a new “quick switcher” that allows users to change apps fast by swiping in from the left, and a limited guest mode to stop others from using all installed apps.
Some of the features described take advantage of the heavily-rumored iPhone 8 design:
The flagship smartphone, expected to cost $1,000 or more, uses a 5.8-inch OLED screen to create a bigger screen than before. The concept takes advantage of this with a “dark mode” user interface. On an OLED display, black pixels are switched off entirely, and “Prince Studio” claims the concept’s dark mode could save up to 25 percent battery life.
But the concept also hints at how Apple could improve its smartphone range with the iPhone 9. Where the iPhone 8 is rumored to remove the home button and fingerprint sensor in favor of a face scanner and virtual home button, the iOS 12 concept hints at a return for “Touch ID” with per-app locking capability.
When the user taps on a locked app, for example Messages, the phone will prompt to scan the finger in a select area of the screen. It’s a technology Apple was expected to introduce with this phone, but the technological complexities of hiding a fingerprint scanner under the screen make its inclusion in this launch cycle unlikely. Perhaps next year.
If the iOS 12 concept comes to fruition, Apple could be onto a winner.