iPhone 8 to Come with Touch ID Sensor Occupying the bottom half-inch of the 5.8” screen.
February 20, 2017
Ming-Cho Kuo, the highly respected Apple analyst, shed a bit of light on how the iPhone 8 will actually function. The note stated that the device would feature an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, with a “function area” with virtual buttons (a la the MacBook Pro Touch Bar) and a Touch ID sensor occupying the bottom half-inch or so of the screen. One aspect of the note that many overlooked, however, was the resolution that Kuo claimed the device would feature. Kuo’s note claimed that the “display area” of the screen would feature a resolution of 2436×1125 – considerably higher than the iPhone 7’s screen resolution of 1334×750. The iPhone 8 will have a pixel density around 521 PPI, far higher than the existing iPhone lineup,” (iPhone 7 PPI is ~320).
“It also seems likely that Apple will use Retina assets at 3x scale, packing Plus features into a body the same size as the 4.7 inch phones.”
If Kuo’s numbers are correct, the iPhone 8 would feature a resolution and pixel density that rivals Google’s Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy Edge S7, which both feature a 2560×1440 resolution and 534 PPI pixel density. Other recent rumors for the iPhone 8 hint at a massive battery upgrade, wireless charging, better water resistance, and a laser-guided facial recognition system. While many of these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s safe to conclude at this point that the iPhone 8 release will likely be one of the most impressive mobile phone releases we have ever seen. There’s reason to think the next iPhone will also bring augmented reality (AR) to the masses. Using an OLED with a smaller physical footprint than LCD, will be provide more room for a larger battery, as well. The iPhone 6 had an 1810mAh power source, while the 6S had a 1715mAh battery. The iPhone 7 fared better at 1960mAh, but many wished Apple had just made the device a touch larger and included a bigger power source. Between the OLED and steel frame, the next iPhone will be little more than a screen with a slight camera bulge on the back. Apple would have to recreate its entire manufacturing process to suit an even more svelte device, and it’s not clear the company is willing to give up its newer form factor just yet.