Ahead of the release of Apple’s iPhone 8, concept artists have worked to imagine how the device could accommodate its edge-to-edge display and sensor notch.
Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to be the first iPhone to debut with an edge-to-edge display, and between early concept renders and files pulled from Apple’s own HomePod firmware, we know have a fairly concrete idea of what the company’s next handset will look like.
What we don’t know, however, is exactly how iOS – the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and even the HomePod itself – will accommodate the apparent sensor notch the iPhone 8 will carry on its top forehead.
Taking inspiration from similar devices – such as the newly launched Essential Phone – concept artists have imaged how Apple will leverage a sensor notch and whether the company will utilise the excess portions of the handset’s screen or not.
Allen Pike and Max Rudberg have imagined what iOS could look like onboard the iPhone 8 in a series of new renders – describing how large banner pieces of text presently sit above Apple’s core apps – such as Messages and Mail – with excess white space above them.
Pike and Rudberg imagine that this space could be greatly reduced aboard the (presumably) taller iPhone 8, and that where the topmost navigation buttons sit above header text, Apple could migrate these keys to a bottom ‘Function Area‘ – breathing life into an older rumour that the iPhone 8 would leverage a touch-sensitive panel at its bottom shelf rather than a mount for a Home button.
Rudberg’s renders depict a concept wherein Apple could canvass the areas adjacent to the sensor notch to serve as the iPhone’s traditional status bar, wherein system information – such as signal strength and battery life – is usually shown. Presumably, this would give a flatter appearance to the handset’s uppermost real estate, and give its bottom corners a rounded and far fuller appearance.
Interestingly, though the iPhone 8 isn’t widely expected to debut with a Home button – given Apple’s apparent difficulties in embedding a fingerprint scanner beneath the handset’s primary display – both Pike and Rudberg have pictured a Home ‘key’ of sorts as a sphere that would sit where Apple’s Home buttons have previously been found on prior iPhones.
This isn’t an unlikely reality, given the fact that iOS already accommodates users with a virtual home button should they find themselves in the unfortunate position of having a broken Home button on their device.
Samsung opted to include a capacitive button beneath the home key on its flagship Galaxy S8 – and though rumours have been quiet on whether Apple would pursue this idea itself, there remains potential for the Cupertino company to give its users some semblance of a working button in a similar manner.
Of course, the iPhone 8 will foreseeably benefit from the introduction of facial recognition technology – and it is presently unknown as to how this feature will influence the manner in which users access information from a lock screen and navigate through their device without the apparent presence of a home button.
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