According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s product plans based on his supply chain sources, iPhone 8 will feature a function area below the display.
It cannot be ruled out after Apple introduced the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pros, and especially when we are moving into an era of either bezel-less devices or very thin bezels like the LG G6, which was launched at the MWC 2017 over the weekend or Xiaomi’s stunning Mi Max. The Touch Bar may not be a must-have but you can do some cool things with it.
There have also been rumors that Apple plans to get rid of the Home button, so it probably makes sense that Apple makes use of the area, though some would argue that it would be better if they reduce the size of the device instead. It will be interesting to see how Apple plans to use the function area on the iPhone. Apple could also use the function area display to embed the Touch ID as I am still not convinced that Apple will take the leap and embed it in the OLED display. Apple has also already started training us by replacing the physical Home button with the pressure-sensitive button (for the record, I still don’t like it) in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Folks at Tech Driven Times have created a new iPhone 8 concept video which features the function area, which they’ve aptly called the Adaptive Function bar. The concept video showcases some use cases of the function bar, such as the ability to use it to unlock the iPhone using the embedded Touch ID, access playback controls while watching videos and the ability to zoom into a photo by swiping on the slider. The iPhone 8 concept also features very thin bezels on the sides and a much smaller bezel at the top.
Check out the iPhone 8 concept video below, and let me know what you think in the comments below. Are you excited about the possibility of the iPhone 8 coming with a Touch bar?