HomePod Firmware Reveals iPhone 8 Virtual Home Button Can Resize and Hide Itself

The HomePod firmware that Apple published a few weeks ago has inadvertently revealed a lot about the upcoming iPhone 8. Now, thanks to more prodding work by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, it has been revealed that the virtual Home button on the iPhone 8 can change its size depending on the content being displayed on the screen.

As per Steve, no app can extend into the Home button area, though the virtual button can be hidden in certain cases like when playing full-screen video. There is no API for developers to change the color of the Home button so its color will be something that contrasts well with all types of background colors.

Previous reports had detailed that the iPhone 8 will come with a Function Area where the virtual Home button will be displayed. While the handset will ship with a 5.8-inch OLED display, only around 5.15-inch will be usable, with the rest of the bottom part of the display reserved for the Function Area. This portion of the display will be reserved solely for system use and function similar to how the TouchBar on the new MacBook Pro lineup works.

Steve Troughton-Smith also provided the height and width of the iPhone 8 status bar which will have a notch in between due to the notch display design. Based on his dimensions, designer Oliver Charavel has created a mockup of how the status bar on the iPhone 8 might look like. While his mockup shows the two notches as displaying the network strength and the battery level, it remains to be seen where other status bar icons will be displayed on the iPhone 8.

What do you think about the iPhone 8’s virtual Home button based on the above information? Do you think you will prefer it over the capacitive home button currently found on the iPhone 7?

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