Apple’s purported iPhone 8 has long been rumored to feature a large OLED display. However, several aspects remain unclear, such as the positioning of the home button, will there even be a home button any longer to start with, the positioning of the fingerprint sensor, bezels, and whatnot. Word on the street is the upcoming iPhone8 will indeed feature a 5.8-inch OLED display with a usable screen space of 5.15 inches, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst.
Home Button Positioning
As rumors have it, the large display will take up the entire front panel of the unit, practically eliminating all bezels. If this turns out to be true, Apple will most likely eliminate the home button altogether along with the Touch ID fingerprint recognition tech used in iPhones.
iPhone 8 Size
As far as size is concerned, Ming-chi Kuo believes the latest Apple creation will be similar in dimensions with its predecessor, the iPhone7, coming in at 4.7 inches, allowing users to perform one-handed operations. This size is possible because there will be no extra space outside of the 5.8-inch display.
Furthermore, rumors say it is possible Apple will also offer standard 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch LCD units. However, at this point, it is still too early to speculate on what features will these variants adopt. Nevertheless, Kuo mentioned in his previous research notes the handsets will probably come with wireless charging and glass bodies. As far as other features are concerned, Kuo did not go into any more detail. Ultimately, he did underline the OLED display will be the only bright spot of the 2017 generation, which leaves room to interpretation suggesting the other two variants will benefit from only minor improvements.
With the home button supposedly gone, Apple will most likely embed other biometric technologies in the iPhone 8. Some believe these could refer to facial or iris recognition. Improvements will also be made in the battery life department, Kuo saying that the upcoming unit will most likely feature a new logic board designed to support bigger batteries, similar to those of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s’.
iPhone 8 Price
With battery improvements, radical changes, and potentially new biometric technologies, Kuo believes the iPhone 8 will go for more than $1,000. Last week, Fast Company said the same thing. However, the high price will hardly be a stumbling block for those looking for an innovative user experience that Apple promises with its latest handset, Kuo believes.
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