The iPhone 8 rumor train refuses to slow down as we charge into 2017, with the latest rumor suggesting Apple is indeed making a major change to the upcoming flagship’s design.
According to a recent investor note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac), Apple is planning on implementing what is being called a “Function Area” below the display of the upcoming iPhone 8. The change is only possible because Apple will implement an OLED display, and because the total screen size will measure in at 5.8 inches.
However, there are a few important factors: First, that 5.8-inch OLED panel will offer a 5.15-inch display, with the Function Area taking up the remaining space below the display itself.
As for the Function Area itself, Kuo believes that it could work similar to the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro models, with virtual buttons being the main element of the area, but that it could be used for other actions as well. Additionally, Kuo says that the Function Area will indeed be replacing the Touch ID functionality of the upcoming device.
The Home button will be gone entirely, with Kuo adding that Apple will replace this feature with other biometric security technologies, but does not go into detail in what that could mean. It has been rumored that Apple will implement facial recognition software and features into the iPhone 8, so this report could be leaning into that rumor.
As it stands right now, the iPhone 8 is expected to be a major change for Apple, and will include a variety of different aspects when compared to the iPhone 7s lineup it is also rumored to launch later this year. Those changes have also led to rumors suggesting the iPhone 8, with its OLED display, stainless-steel-and-glass design, wireless charging, and more, could make the handset cost $1,000 or more.
Still, nothing is official just yet. If this rumor is true, what do you think? Do you approve of the idea?[via 9to5Mac]