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

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This iPhone 8 interface concept envisions three scenarios to fit the

This iPhone 8 interface concept envisions three scenarios to fit the "notch"  and the virtual home button


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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