New Siri icon in iOS 11 may hint at iPhone 8’s virtual Home button

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The iPhone's home button could be going away.
The iPhone's home button could be going away.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple may have left a big clue in iOS 11 that points to huge design changes coming later this year to the iPhone 8.

While doing some testing with the new Do Not Disturb When Driving feature, eagle-eyed Apple observers have spotted a new icon for Siri in iOS 11 that appears to be a perfect replacement for the Home button Apple is supposedly planning to ditch.

Take a look:

iOS 11 Siri
Will this be the virtual Home button icon?
Photo: Apple

The pseudo-Home button, first noticed by AppleInsider, can be found at the bottom of iPhones and iPads. It’s about the same size as the physical Home button, but doesn’t have a Touch ID ring around it.

Numerous rumors have claimed Apple wants to remove the Home button on the iPhone 8 in favor of a curved, edge-to-edge display that packs a Touch ID sensor under the screen. Manufacturing displays embedded with Touch ID has reportedly been a difficult task, though, and it’s been unclear if the feature will be ready in time for the iPhone 8.

An image of the new Siri icon can also be seen in the Settings app. To see the icon on your iPhone running iOS 11, just tap the “thinking” icon during a query. Doing so will change Siri from the wave form UI to the Home button-style graphic.