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iPhone 8 Function Area

Apple's 'iPhone 8' Could Feature a New 'Function Area'

Credit: Moe Slah
An iPhone 8 concept
February 15, 2017

Will the “iPhone 8” say goodbye to the Touch ID/Home button and hello to a “function area”? Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently shared new predictions in a note (via MacRumors).

New biometric technology?

New biometric technology?
The possible iPhone lineup for 2017.

The possible iPhone lineup for 2017.

As previously rumored, Kuo believes the handset will feature a 5.8-inch OLED screen with nearly no bezels. That will enable Apple to make the phone the same physical size as the current iPhone 7.

Taking place of the Home button and Touch ID sensor will be a “function area” that will offer some type of virtual buttons. Kuo implies that instead of fingerprint recongition, the “iPhone 8” will offer some type of new biometric technology. Iris or some other type of facial recognition has previously been rumored for the handset.

Because of the new design, the usable space on the screen will be 5.15 inches, at least according to the analyst.

Interestingly, the idea of a “function area” looks similar to this awesome concept video we told you about a few days ago. Some type of Touch Bar, like found on the new MacBook Pro line, shrunk down on an iPhone could open up a number of different possibilities.

And all this technology might not come cheap as Fast Company recently reported that the handset will cost more than $1,000.

More about the 2017 iPhone lineup

More about the 2017 iPhone lineup

If you’re interested in learning more about the next-generation lineup, make sure to visit our “iPhone 8” rumor roundup section that will be continuously updated until the handsets are revealed sometime this fall.