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iPhone 8

Apple's HomePod Firmware Apparently Confirms the 'iPhone 8' Will Have a 5.15-Inch Display Area

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An "iPhone 8" render.
Apple Rumors
July 31, 2017

The Apple HomePod firmware continues to spill secrets about the upcoming “iPhone 8.”

Confirming a Touch Bar-like function area?

Confirming a Touch Bar-like function area?
Kuo's original prediction from February.

Kuo's original prediction from February.

After finding the first bit of information late last night about the next-generation handset, developer Steven Troughton-Smith just found reference to an interesting screen size – 1125 pixels by 2436 pixels. That’s significant because that’s the exact screen size reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted back in February.

In his note to investors, the analyst said that the while the screen itself would be 5.8-inches, the usable screen will be 5.15 inches. The rest will be taken up by a virtual function area that will provide access to the home button and also other information. It could likely function in the same way as the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro line and provide specific information and buttons depending on what app is open.

Troughton-Smith previously found that the “iPhone 8” will apparently feature some type of infrared face unlock capability in an aptly named BiometricKit and elsewhere. Another developer, Guilherme Rambo, found in the speaker’s firmware what appears to be some type of icon for the handset.

Apple officially released the firmware of the $349 Siri-enabled that will arrive in December to developers on Friday.

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