iPhone 8 to Feature 5.8-Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch Main Screen and Virtual Buttons Below

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The upcoming 2017 iPhone will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable screen space according to new predictions shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo believes the iPhone 8 will use a 5.8-inch OLED display panel, but that some space will be reserved for virtual buttons.

    As has been rumored, the display is said to take up the entire front panel of the iPhone, effectively eliminating bezels, which means Apple will eliminate both the current Home button and the current Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology used in iPhones.

    Size wise, Kuo says the OLED iPhone will have measurements similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone, allowing for one-handed operation. Such a size is possible with a 5.8-inch panel because there will be no extra space outside of the display, as can be seen in the mockup below. It will feature a display similar in size to the 5.5-inch iPhone, but in a 4.7-inch package.


    Alongside the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, Kuo continues to believe Apple will also offer standard 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones, but it is not yet clear what features those devices will adopt. In previous research notes, Kuo has said they will include glass bodies and wireless charging, but he has not gone into detail on other potential features. He does, however, say that the OLED iPhone will be "the only bright spot" in the 2017 iPhone lineup, suggesting only minor improvements for the other two rumored devices.

    Because the OLED iPhone will eliminate the Home button, it is expected to adopt "other biometric technologies," which other rumors suggest could include things like iris or facial recognition.

    Battery life may also be another major change in the OLED iPhone, with Apple expected to introduce a stacked logic board design to support bigger batteries and longer battery life. In today's report, Kuo says the iPhone 8, though similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, will feature a battery capacity similar to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

    With the radical design changes, battery improvements, and the new biometric features, Kuo expects the OLED iPhone to cost in excess of $1,000, a pricing rumor that was also shared by Fast Company last week. Kuo does not expect the high price point to significantly impact sales due the "innovative user experience" offered by the device.

    He believes Apple will ship 100 million iPhones during the second half of 2017, with 60 percent of those to consist of the higher-end OLED iPhone.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 to Feature 5.8-Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch Main Screen and Virtual Buttons Below
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    home button better be tactile (and not just vibrations). or else this is going to be a big design fail.
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
  4. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Can't wait for the part leaks!

    If history is any indication, then next month we should be seeing some (like the iPhone 6 in March 2014).
  5. dwaltwhit macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2013
  6. bobenhaus, Feb 15, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017

    bobenhaus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    So the bottom part of the screen will basically be used as a touch pad? That will confuse alot of people and eat up screen space. Not sure about this ..
  7. AppleScruff1 macrumors G4


    Feb 10, 2011
  8. Szarky macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2010
    I don't know about you guys, but I have fairly large hands and I don't feel the current 4.7" phone is a comfortable one-handed experience, especially not with the butter smooth, rounded edges. Bring back the sharp, squareness of the iPhone 4!
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'm guessing it will be similar to the iPhone 7's tactile response.
  10. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    I like it. Presumably, apps would still be able to go full screen and hide any buttons, just like they do now with the top bar, etc.
  11. WiseAJ macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
  12. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    and maybe swipe left and right to get more app icons? faster switching. me likes
  13. iLoveDeveloping macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2009
    Am I the only one who is really freaked out by this facial recognition rumour? So, all anyone has to do to unlock my iPhone is point it in my face? Or worse a photo of me? Not to go to much down this law road but for instance you get arrested and they want to search your iPhone - they just hold it in front of your face and it unlocks? THAT is scary!! Give me finger or iris backed up by passcode any day. There must be some sort of work around to this, like finger scan AND face on camera? I dunno.. This sounds weird to me..
  14. Rocketman, Feb 15, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017

    Rocketman macrumors 603


    That's a pretty specific rumour. It looks like the MacBookPro toolbar is the lower chin on the iPhone 8/X. This sounds like a major upgrade cycle to me. Buy AAPL on weakness.

    Can we say "death to the chin"? :D
  15. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    This far out, Kuo's predictions aren't that good. A few months prior I'll start listening to his predictions.

    Last year he kept harping on three iPhone models with one having a dual-camera and one being plus sized with a single camera. Didn't make sense, and it didn't come to be.
  16. ScottButler macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2016
    Sunderland, UK
    I feel like I'm writing this on every iPhone 8 rumour post but...

    These rumours are so confusing but they're being reported by a number of sources, so there must be some truth to them (unless they're all jumping on the bandwagon).

    I just can't see a scenario where one of three(?) new iPhones is truly new and the others are like a 7s. That would be a hugely confusing and fragmented product launch and product line
  17. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    So an iPhone version of a Touchbar? Neat! I'd welcome this, especially if it means moving the various buttons from Apple's stock apps to the bottom... like the "back" button.
  18. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Rumors between November and February, first crude part leaks in March or April-ish. Full schematic design leak in June.
  19. Burki macrumors newbie


    Feb 15, 2017
    Where will facetime camera and phone speaker go?

  20. AppleScruff1 macrumors G4


    Feb 10, 2011
    Doubling down on secrecy.
  21. getbretweir macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2017
    Unfortunately I'll still use my Nexus 6p since it's USB-C is more compatible with my 2016 MBP.
  22. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I think an interesting texture to the metal would feel more premium as well as being more ergonomic. I wish would look at materials that were better than the current slippery surfaces.
  23. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
  24. Xipotec macrumors newbie


    Aug 29, 2016
    So if you want a big phone, you are stuck with a 4 year old design? How is that good?
  25. 62tele macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    All of this is useless without seeing it but the description really doesn't appeal to me. If it's not al that and a bag of chips then I will be fine with a 7S Plus.
    Apple's product line decisions are baffling sometimes.

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