Future generations of iPhone will probably get a side touch panel with virtual controls.
What is known
The company published a patent application on the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent is a logical development of the concept, which journalists noticed in 2016.
On the lateral side, virtual icons were placed. They can be customized by choosing the frequently used functions of the smartphone. The panel, based on the patent, will receive a fingerprint scanner. With the help of 3D Touch, the smartphone will determine the degree of depression by responding to the user with a vibration feedback.
In words, you are Leo Tolstoy, and not just a patent
The document was submitted for registration in the fourth quarter of 2017. Since this is only a patent application, the introduction of such a technology may still remain an idea.