Multiple rumours suggest that the Home button will be missing from the new iPhone - and sources speaking to Bloomberg suggest users will get a "software bar" instead. Users will use gestures at the bottom of the iPhone 8 display to do things like close apps, navigate back to the home screen, and open multitasking.
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will probably let you unlock it with facial recognition, and security experts tell Mashable that's a bad idea. Taking in consideration the fact that we're only days away from iPhone 8's official reveal, it's pretty clear why there's so much excitement surrounding Apple's upcoming flagship. The iPhone 8 is probably the most anticipated smartphone to arrive this year.
The notch area at the top of the screen, which houses the earpiece, front-facing camera, and various sensors, will not be "hidden" in software by making the adjacent areas of the screen on its left and right black. Sources also indicate that the screen is taller than the iPhone 7 Plus screen, meaning it could show more of a web page, or additional text messages; however the new screen will still only show six vertical rows of apps, plus the dock. This will allow for new display features similar to those found on the Apple Watch (floating text, etc); a superficial upgrade, but a necessary one to keep pace with high-end Android phones when it comes to aesthetics.
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That would be the biggest change to the design of the iPhone since it debuted ten years ago.
Apple is also said to be planning updated versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, presumably dubbed iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. That means that PearlID can be used to unlock the iPhone 8, authorize Apple Pay purchases, and access secure apps. Facial scanning technology already has been seen on other phones, including Samsung Corp.'s (SSNLF) Galaxy S8 smartphone, released in April, and its Note 8 phone, expected to launch September 15.
As the phone is set to include a carved-out notch at the top of the screen, the report also states the status bar has been redesigned.
This leads me to believe that, as far as Broadcom dollar content in the new iPhones goes, there's no difference between an iPhone 7s and a premium OLED iPhone.