iPhone 8 Concepts Explore How Apple Could Hide or 'Embrace' the Display's Sensor Notch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    We're a little over one month out from the expected September unveiling of the ten year anniversary iPhone, which has come to be known as the "iPhone 8" ahead of release. While recent HomePod firmware discoveries have essentially confirmed the iPhone 8's edge-to-edge design and front-facing sensor bar notch, it's still unclear how iOS 11 will be incorporated into all of these drastically redesigned hardware upgrades.

    New mockups shared by Allen Pike and Max Rudberg this week have taken a look at how these changes might be realized in an iPhone 8 running iOS 11. Particularly, the mockups address one of the more curious additions in the iOS 11 beta: large, banner pieces of text that sit atop apps like Messages, Mail, and the App Store. Pike pointed out that these "Large Title" banners sit below navigation buttons in many of the apps, with plenty of "weirdly empty" white space on current model iPhones.


    Pike's theory, further polished in enhanced mockups by Rudberg, is that iOS 11 will shift the topmost navigation buttons within these apps to a bottom bar -- perhaps a "function area" -- where users will easily be able to tap UI inputs to jump around within the apps.

    In total, Rudberg realized three possible outcomes that Apple could create with regards to the sensor bar notch and bottom navigation inputs. In the first mockup, the entirety of the iPhone 8's 5.8-inch display is used by the status bar and navigation buttons at the bottom near the virtual home button.


    The next two designs include a variety of combinations: the sensor bar using an all-black UI to hide the hardware notch, and the same effect "blending" the bottom navigation bar. As for Rudberg himself, at first he was more favorable of the UI blending the notch into the software of the iPhone, but due to what would result in a visually smaller display, he's now hoping that Apple will "embrace the notch."
    This week, HomePod firmware data also revealed that the notch will sit between a "split" status bar, where iOS 11 will showcase data like connection, battery, Bluetooth, and more on each side of the notch. One question mark that remains in Rudberg's mockups is where the time will be located in iOS 11 on an iPhone 8, although there appears to be some room on the left or right side of the front-facing hardware for it to be located.

    The front-facing sensor bar on the iPhone 8 has been a point of contention for device concept and mockups over the past few months. It's expected that this bar will hold the earpiece, front-facing camera, and new 3D sensors for advanced facial recognition. Recent rumors have suggested that the iPhone 8 will do away with Touch ID completely, and rely on facial recognition abilities to authenticate purchases and other iOS elements that the fingerprint sensor previously guarded.

    To see all of the iPhone 8 mockups shared this week, check out Pike's blog post here and Rudberg's here.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 Concepts Explore How Apple Could Hide or 'Embrace' the Display's Sensor Notch
  2. RCS31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2013
    I think they should always keep the background of the status bar black no matter what app is running
  3. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    I really dislike the first mockup; nothing like reducing the physical bezel and home button… and then adding them back in with software.
  4. Sunny1990, Aug 3, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
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    Edit [Correction]:- While those are some cool mockups but here is a mockup which looks much better in my opinion. i like the way how that camera cutout blends in with display even with white front.
  5. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    Because of the lack of Touch ID most likely I’ll upgrade to the iPhone 7s
  6. rlmcguire macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
  7. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I'm really interested to see where they will be putting it as well
  8. tigertazz macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2009
    Cool. One more chance for me to get one

    In all seriousness, no one has been able to say yes or no to Touch ID yet
  9. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    Yes, the time at the top is somewhat important, so I was about to ask the same
  10. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    Lack of Touch ID would require Apple to rewrite their Apple Pay agreement, which means that every retailer and every bank would have to agree to the new one. Remember how long it took for some to get on Apple Pay in the first place? It'd be a huge problem for millions of users while we waited for all of them to accept such a change.

    I just don't see them completely leaving Touch ID, especially considering they just added it to the MBP. If they were transitioning away from it to a camera-based system, why put in the work to add it to the MBP, only to remove it and have to integrate the new system a year later?
  11. DavidReevesATL macrumors newbie


    Oct 6, 2015
    Wasn't there a reference to Split Status Bar in the HomePod firmware for iOS 11? Perhaps that could be related to the solution, with a Left and Right portion of the status bar?
  12. WarDialer macrumors member


    Nov 22, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Yeah I didn't need to see the current time on the top of screen anyway... Just buy an Apple Watch!
  13. Freida macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2010
    If there is the cutout then its a no go for me. Its either going to be visually balanced or I won't like it. Having thicker bar on the top and lower on the bottom = ugly
  14. zahuh macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2004
    love the nav at the bottom! Android has had the back button since day 1 and man, I've been jealous
  15. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    Maybe the agreement is already rewritten....
  16. paul4339, Aug 3, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2017

    paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    have the curvature top corners (of the display area) is different than the bottom two corners making it asymmetric and doesn't look good to me.
  17. RCS31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2013
    I think they should remove the carrier name from the top left hand side. I've never understood why the carrier needed to always be displayed in the status bar. Put the clock in its place, happy days.
  18. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    If it is removed, I can't wait to see all the spin on how this is good for the consumer.

    I for one, will be sad to see it go.
  19. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  20. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I wonder if they will put the clock to one side and it swaps between the battery/status icons and the time. I wouldn't mind that as long as it fades from one to the other, not blinks. I've grown to hate things that blink because of annoying adverts (either through design or incompetence) (I have no problem with ads, they allow many games, and sites such as Mac Rumors to be available for free, but annoying ads are a different matter).
  21. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    That third image is the best way forward. A phone no longer needs to display the time as the Apple Watch now has that responsibility.
  22. iReality85 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    The second photo, right hand mockup looks best to my eyes.

    It will be so nice having navi functions located near the bottom instead of the top.
  23. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    What if the phone has a white bezel?
  24. hobbbz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    Some plans don't let you cross over to other carriers for free.
  25. RCS31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2013
    What in the world has that got to do with anything I've said?

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