In a note to investors, Kuo said that the iPhone 8 will see a new “function area” at the bottom of the display. The MacBook Pro Touch Bar-inspired function area will replace the Touch ID sensor with new and advanced biometric technologies, according to Kuo.
He added that the function area will be located in the same area as the current Home button. Earlier rumors suggested that iPhone 8 will come without a home button. The analyst noted that new biometric technologies are going to replace Touch ID, and they will offer similar functionalities as Touch ID.
We still do not know what exactly the function area is going to display. There might be some sort of virtual buttons and quick actions, similar to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.
Apple iPhone 8 Size
In his latest report, Kuo also shed some light on the size of the iPhone 8. He said that the phone’s usable screen will be around 5.15-inches, while the overall face size is expected to be 5.8-inches.
“The most apparent change of the OLED iPhone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the Home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. Of particular note is that we expect the OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.8” physical OLED panel. But the actual display area will be around 5.15”, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons),” an excerpt from Kuo’s note reported by 9to5 Mac.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will sell the iPhone 8 for more than $1,000.
The iPhone 8, which will be released to celebrate the 10th-anniversary of the iPhone this year, would be an expensive handset due to OLED display and memory, according to the reports.
The iPhone 8 is said to come with some amazing features including an OLED screen and wireless charging. It will have an all-glass body and a curved-edged display. The long-distance wireless charging would end the constant worry of battery drainage.
Moreover, the 5.5-inch iPhone and the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 are said to sport dual-lens cameras. New reports are predicting that Intel will supply its 7480 LTE modems for this year’s iPhones. The iPhone 8 is also expected to feature a bigger battery than the current iPhone 7 series.
In addition to the 5.8-inch iPhone 8, Apple is also said to release a 4.7-inch model (possibly the iPhone 7s) and a 5.5-inch model (possibly the iPhone 7s Plus) in September this year.