iPhone 8 Virtual Home Button Can Likely Resize and Hide Completely As Needed

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yesterday, HomePod firmware revealed that the iPhone 8's facial recognition software will seemingly support Apple Pay, multiple facial profiles, and third-party apps. Now, as the uncovering of Apple secrets within HomePod firmware continues apace, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has revealed details on Twitter about the iPhone 8's virtual home button, stating that it "resizes" as needed to fit certain tasks on the smartphone.

    Specifically, Troughton-Smith described a "periphery" area of the system user interface that expands/minimizes and shows/hides the iPhone 8's virtual home button as it's needed. There will be tab bars that extend under this periphery area, and no evidence was discovered of an ability for this part of the UI to change color. According to Troughton-Smith, this means that the indicator Apple is building for the virtual home button area "will have to contrast well" with any background and colors displayed on the rest of the display.

    Proposed iPhone 8 "function area" by Ming-Chi Kuo

    There was also no evidence found that suggests any piece of app UI will be part of the home button area in any form, meaning Apple plans to keep the bottom home button piece of UI clean and uniform whenever it's brought up. Troughton-Smith did mention that whenever a user plays a fullscreen video, the content will hide the home button controls.

    The idea of a virtual "function area" on the iPhone 8 was detailed earlier this year in a report written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated the the 5.8-inch screen on the device would have a 5.15-inch usable display. The remaining area of the screen would be reserved for an area of virtual buttons, including a home button, but Kuo's report never hinted that the function area might resize or be "hidden" completely whenever the UI allows it, as Troughton-Smith has discovered.

    In addition, Troughton-Smith tweeted out the metrics for the upper status bar on the iPhone 8. The code further confirmed previous HomePod firmware findings that related to a "split" status bar on the device, with what's expected to be camera and sensor hardware sitting between two virtual pieces of UI. Designer Olivier Charavel has already used the metrics to create a mockup of what this status bar should look like on the real iPhone 8, including connection strength and a battery indicator.


    Previously, Troughton-Smith said the new status bar seemed "more complex and powerful" in its design, and even said that it could be "interactive" in some way.

    In regards to the iPhone 8's bottom area and virtual home button findings, Troughton-Smith tweeted that, "all of these things are supported by API evidence, so this is the clearest picture of its functionality we have to work from." HomePod firmware is building up a good indicator of what we can expect from the iPhone 8 when Apple announces the device next month, including advanced facial recognition features likely replacing Touch ID completely, 4K video recording, "SmartCamera" functionality, and more.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 Virtual Home Button Can Likely Resize and Hide Completely As Needed
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    The resizing, etc, is understandable but hiding it completely is annoying unless that area is still active as a home button.
  3. nabeel24 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
  4. apolloa macrumors G4


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Firstly the scales portrayed in these drawings are completely different to the photos of the apparent mock up devices, in those the iPhone 8 is much bigger then the iPhone 7.
    And secondly is a rumour about an on screen button being able to disappear really front page news??

    If it has a virtual button it will most likely copy what Androids been doing for years, hardly exciting.
  5. Bane-Thunder macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2014
    Well just sign me up OLED iPhone with a function area. Hell YES!

    Not worried bout TouchID never used fingerprint scanner on my S8 as the facial recognition was so much easier.
  6. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Well this was just obvious. Some of the mock ups we've seen show a UI black bar across the bottom of the screen at all times. That's simply not how Apple will play this, they'll talk about how having a UI home button means you can use more of the screen because the button doesn't even need to be there most of the time. The screen will extend all the way to the bottom of the device and you'll somehow be able to 'call' the home button as and when needed. Or it'll always be there as a very faint circle.
  7. meaning-matters macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2013
  8. AndyK macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2008
    Not sure how I like navigation bars at the bottom though.
  9. NewtonPippin macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2015
    Could we stop with this stupid brown-nosing of Ming Chi Kuo in EVERY single article? That idea did not begin with him... tons of people were speculating it. And hell, Ming Chi Kuo has been wrong about a LOT lately.
  10. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    Wonder what the carriers are going to say when they need to fit in something like VSW WI-FI
  11. the-msa macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    so pretty much androids approach. which is not a bad approach.
  12. Yellowbean12 macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    Of course it can. Otherwise what’s the point.
  13. uwdude macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2014
    I agree, Ming Chi Kuo doesn't know more than many other people, just guessing as well.
  14. Berti10 macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2012
    Let me guess, it can be swiped up together with the dock and control center like on the iPad with iOS 11
  15. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    This phone will be a big hit.

    Don't really like the cutout upper earpiece area. Would rather see it go across the phone, personally.

    I'm impressed apple can make the bottom bezel disappear. Can they or is this just wishful thinking? We'll soon see!
  16. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    Is it just me or is all of this information leaked from the HomePod a little too easy? Or was this just a major oops and someone is getting fired?
  17. Hagrid macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2005
    New Jersey
    With a virtual home button, I wonder what the sequence of buttons will be for a "hard reboot" and screen shot...
  18. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    seriously, Right now the only thing that's tempering my [HYPE] for the iPhone 8 is iOS

    if this device turns out the way the rumours are showing, I might finally get back on the iPhone. this is looking like one compelling smartphone option
  19. Rogifan, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    And then Twitter will be full of legit (and wannabe) UI designers complaining about “affordance” and “discoverability” and trashing it like they do 3D Touch right now.
  20. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Apple are currently re-hiring the engineer, just to fire him again.
  21. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    It would be nice if we could have some controls in this area—not just to go back to the last app but to also go back to the previous UI view. I really don't like using reachability and I can't help but think it will be even more cumbersome without a physical button always available. That stretch to reach to top of the display is really gonna suck and one of the things I hated most about the iPhone Plus.
  22. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  23. Blackstick macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    I'm all about an iPhone 7-sized device with the usable screen of a Plus... even if it means waiting till 2018 to secure one.
  24. tworth23 macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2010
    Yes, because this is called Mac "RUMORS"
  25. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

    Dec 26, 2002
    Near Charleston, SC
    MacRumors needs to put the HomePod on it's payroll.

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