If we’re to believe the rumors, Apple’s iPhone is about to get a whole lot better, especially with the company attempting to maximize screen size on the device without sacrificing usability. The user experience is so important to Apple that it will do anything to make sure that it can get the achieved results without making sacrifices.
According to a report from The Korea Herald, the rumored iPhone 6 is going to receive a “bezel-free” display, meaning the screen will stretch from edge to edge, horizontally. The bezel will still exist on the top and bottom of the iPhone, which houses the FaceTime camera and home button.
“Scanning fingerprints on the entire screen, which was much talked about recently, will be available in the latter half of this year as there are still technological hurdles to overcome,” [the source] added, hinting that the production yield for the full-screen fingerprint scanner is still far from satisfactory.
The source said that Samsung’s top rival Apple is also testing a similar prototype sporting a bezel-less screen that features a fingerprint scanner.
The report also notes that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is expected to receive a fingerprint sensor, but the focus was mostly on the bezel-free display in the iPhone.
It makes a lot of sense for Apple to make a bezel-free display; the company noted during the launch of the iPhone 5 that it elongated the screen instead of widening it because it wanted users to be able to use the iPhone with one hand. The same principle also applies here; if Apple expands the size of the screen without making the width of the iPhone any bigger, it would make a big difference. Every millimeter counts when looking at screen sizes, and there is no doubt Apple is considering a number of factors in all of this.