Future Apple devices may have a radically different look

With the expected launch of the iPhone 13 (or possibly the iPhone 12S) just a month away, we've heard no end of rumours about what Apple's next flagship mobile will offer us. Now a newly discovered patent filing hints that a major design change may be on its way across Apple devices, removing all remaining buttons.

The patent describes a "disappearing button or slider", suggesting that Apple aims to remove buttons, keys and sliders for an even slicker design in future devices. These would be replaced by touch-sensitive surfaces hidden in devices' frames and visible only when illuminated. See our guide to Apple deals for the best prices on current products.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.