Code reveals how the iPhone 8's resizable home key could look, tips 240fps slow-mo at 1080p

Among new HomePod firmware revelations about the upcoming iPhones, such as slow-mo video with 240fps at 1080p instead of 720p, and "MultiBiometrics" security, code diggers have found this gem - the iPhone 8's virtual home button might be resizable, and there could indeed be a "function" area around it, as analysts predicted.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has made a deep dive into the HomePod firmware code with the specific goal to find any reference to an on-screen home key, as many analysts tipped the lack of a physical one on the iPhone 8. Lo and behold, he found it, and here are the juicy tidbits, straight from the Troughton's mouth:

In a nutshell, the new home button of the "all-screen" iPhone 8 could very well look like what you see in the short vid below - big and omnipresent at the home screen, with apps opening up above its navbar, while media or games that requires full screen can hide it out of the way completely until you need it again. The fact that you may not be able to change its color or shade lends another credence to the "function" area that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was talking about when referring to the bottom of the iPhone 8 screen. At the time, he also mentioned that the "active" display area will be 5.15", so there could indeed be a navigation strip at the iPhone 8's bottom. What else it might be used for, remains to be seen.

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1. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014


15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO the first one almost looks amazing, but a whole bar just for the clock ruins it Just cycled the between the clock and battery, etc... That way it reduce burn-in too


Posts: 416; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Assistive touch from the previous iPhones could have worked also

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Wow... Can’t wait to replace my iphone 7+ with this beast.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Walks all over the competition, to be honest. But there are probably 2 maybe even 4 months until release...maybe Samsung and LG will wake up (the others are already living in the distant past with their hilarious bezels).

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apple has being the king of bezels since forever, and sheeples have always defended them. Now, small bezels/'bezeless' is, all of a sudden, great. What really happened to the "not practical" arguments? The idea seems to be to criticize something you don't have, that is until you have it.

13. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Yeah. They might add a back button and an overview button beside the home button as well. "and here are the juicy tidbits, straight from the Troughton's mouth" Ewww

14. Nopers unregistered

Larger devices like tablets need bezels because they’re harder to hold. A phone of this size would probably be fine with such small bezels.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But phones aren't tablets. How much of a bezel do you need to hold a device? The S6/S7/S8 edge models basically all have a near ZERO bezel on the sides and its no easier or harder to hold vs any other phone. You don't need big bezels on the top and bottom of a phone. Those only existed because OEM's didn't really try to make a beter design. The fact is no one even cares. They buy a product becaus ethey want/liek it. Not its bezel size. But the true point is, when Samsung reduced bezels, you haters claim its not practical or abad idea. Now that Apple is doing it...OMG everyone is gonna follow?! Wait, other OEM's already did this, so that means as per usual you turn a blind eye to facts.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't forget how they hate OLED and glass backs. Suddenly they'll love those two when the iPhone 8 gets released (assuming that the rumors and leaks about it having a glass back are real)

22. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummm... the iPhone 4/4s had a glass back long before any of these phones. The majority of iPhone users have no qualms with glass, not sure why you're perpetuating a lie.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're talking about the trolls here who bashed Samsung phones for the glass back and AMOLED.

42. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Look ted, we already know how kiko rolls in this site, he might not be trolling non-Apple articles like many Apple fanboys here do, but it is a fact that he intentionally turns a blind eye on Apple trolls, he doesn't even deny it when we repeatedly tell him.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's alright. He's doesn't need to police every article or comment.

41. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I am aware of the 4/4S, I actually would love to see their design return. The majority yes, but it is still a fact that some Apple trolls here bash Samsung's new flagships for having glass backs, calling them fragile, so my previous comment isn't a lie. Oh wait, I almost forgot that you intentionally turn a blind eye to Apple trolls here, sorry about that.

10. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

with what? with design? why? are already phones on the market with small bezels, what makes this one so special? Hilarious bezels? LG G6, Samsung s8? MI? Those are hilarious.. seriously, doesn't make too much sense what you are saying.

17. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Sorry, you cant complain about other manufacturer's bezels when it's only now that Apple have decided to do something about theirs.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's not honest.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It walks all over the competition in what way? The phone isn't even released. You have no idea what it will do other than rumors. The onl;y confirmed rumor is AR. But AR and VR are both waste of time and money. Right now. I'm just curious how you can make a claim for something that isn't even released? You must have been abducted by aliens and taken to Apple Mountain and they did things to your mind. Its like looking at a photo of a car and claiming its the fastest car in the world, when it hasn't even been in a race.

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Hilarious bezels. Sony. Nokia. Htc.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013


8. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If this is real that looks horrible. The Home key is always visible? And the unibrow on top didn't seem to be blacked out all the time. Very odd design choices.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The first version I like the most. You don't notice that ugly gap and still some use for that little bit of extra space on each side.

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Google, Samsung and the others will have a lot of jobs next year!!!!

12. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Samsung still has "a lot of jobs" by delivering display panels and various parts for IPhones.. since.. some time already. Same about Intel as far as I heard for modems. LG too.. and many other companies... yeah!

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

1080p at 240fps... sounds OP. Though the actual video quality is still to be seen.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If that is it in that video, that is ugly as F

19. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Keeping my 7 plus and matching it up with the note8. Want a phone with bezels lol

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

1080p at 240fps, hmm not bad but Sony can do better with 720p at 960fps. That's 300% more frames per second. But who cares? Apple's gonna claim innovation anyway to feed them sheeps.

23. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Another Techie's sheeple.....

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