The iPhone 8 will wear its display "cutout" loud and proud, new report suggests


The "notch" or "cutout" at the top of iPhone 8's display has been a polarizing topic among fans ever since the first legitimate schematics for the device leaked online. The so-called notch houses a number of important sensors for biometric authentication, as well as the phone's front-facing camera, but many were hoping that Apple would opt to to hide the notch by blending it with a dark status bar.

This would have been a viable option, since the iPhone 8 is outfitted with an OLED display, and the cutout would have blended nicely with a black status bar, but alas, it seems like Apple has decided to go the opposite way and turn the notch into a prominent design characteristic of the iPhone 8.

image source: Bloomberg

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the status bar will be split into what Apple employees are internally referring to as "ears." The ear to the left of the notch will reportedly be occupied by the time, while the right will display cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as the battery icon. The report also claims that, due to the limited space on the status bar, the information it displays could change on a per-task basis.

What do you think of Apple's decision to leave the status bar transparent at all times? Do you think it adds character to the iPhone 8 or are you not a fan of the "cutout" up top? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

source: Bloomberg

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73 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wowowowowoowwww - iphonearena

9. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Just release the damn jewelry apple. I cant wait no more.

58. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Can't wait to test out the FPS under the screen huh? Since it is absolutely 150 000% guaranteed and you knew that because you're special and an Apple insider that Apple loves very very much.

71. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

he will never reply to your comment. you're on his naughty list.

29. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

new iphone with almost everything old hardware and useless new features.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

IMO the ears are less then beautiful. the Essential phone got it right if there is going to be any camera notch. But as it goes for bezel-less LGs up coming V30 is fantastically designed for a flat screen device while Samsung's S8 S8+ and Note 8 take the crown for bezel- less design all the way because of the curved edges. To me the infinity display is really an innovated display. But I say all this knowing that it is all subjective some don't like curves some do, some don't like oled some do, some don't like thin bezels and some do. to each his own and what works for them.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Funny how PA presents it like it's all that..........Come on PA these are all old specs and features nothing new here! Apple just copies others!

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The A11 is most certainly new and better than anything Qaulcomm can muster for the next three years at least. The rest of this extra crap is just a bonus.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

To be honest i can't remember any single android phone having all the tech the iphone will have put together. They have nothing close to the A11 SoC, Arkit, FaceID, 3D touch, Motion co-processor, Haptic engine, and that is leaving aside improved dual speakers, dual cameras, new design, oled screen and developer and app support i.e snapchat, youtube, Arkit etc, google apps.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? Android phones don;'t have A11? The A11 is based off ARM's chip designs...so technically anyone using an ARM chip references this design. APple simply customized it a bit. Arkit? What is that suppose to be? As in what does that mean for you specifically? What will be your usage of it? AR and VR are very similar. The only difference is AR allows you to bring in outside effects. How many people who buy this phone will actually use it for more than a couple days? Face ID? Other phones have had facial recognition for years. 3D Touch? You mean Force Touch? Other phones have offered what this does in software for years. I can hard or soft press on my phone right now and get a menu. Motion co-processor? All GPU's have a co-processor. All it does is do outside computations. You dont need a extra chip unless your chip can't handle computations. Dual speakers? REALLY? Apple wasn't first and won;t be last. Dual cameras? Apple wasn't first and won't be last. Who's gonna do this right though? Apple's fuzzy cameras? lol. No OIS on the 2nd camera? LOL New design? Samsung phones have changed to a new design EVERY YEAR. Apple stuck with the same design 3 years on every model they have ever made. OLED display? Samsung and LG pioneered the OLED display and Samsung is the leader and winner. Appel is buyign their display. Appel didn't design or make any display. Google Apps? Android is from Google so I question your intelligence and I got an answer. You are a stupid ignorant moron. Why didn't you mention wireless charging while you were at it? lol

22. mikehunta727 unregistered

A11 is quite different from reference ARM design that OEM's like Qualcomm and others use. No comparison, A11 is actually quite different in design vs reference ARM design, it's much wider, lower core clock, etc "How many people who buy this phone will actually use it for more than a couple days?" What kind of question is this lol? Realistically speaking the i8 will sell like hot cakes, are you realistically looking at things here or nah?

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

TLDR. Just tell us when you are going to pre-order your iPhone 8 and how many.

55. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yeah he will get the iPhone 8 along with the apple watch and a MacBook pro to complete his collection and comes here to bitch and whine about Apple lol.

57. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He's the biggest masochistic dumbass I've ever encountered on the Internet.

60. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

That's an understatement if you ask me lol.

46. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"Android phones don;'t have A11? The A11 is based off ARM's chip designs...so technically anyone using an ARM chip references this design. APple simply customized it a bit." Using your totally ridiculous analogy, I could also say the 2017 Mercedes S550 is based on the 1886 Motorwagen by Karl Benz, just that the S550 is customized a bit. The rest of your poorly written diatribe is so laughable it's not worth addressing. Techie if you had any sense of decency, you'd send your mail order bride back to the Philippines, so at least the poor woman could be happy.

18. larryvand

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Google's ARCore leaves ARKit in the dust. Read the review that the Verge posted called Google's ARCore the best smoothest and most realistic AR implementation they have ever seen.

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

Problem is iOS 11 is around the corner with ARkit, so it will become by far the biggest AR platform around now when iOS 11 hits, ARcore will not take off for a while due to Android update nature

31. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Wow ARCore looks insane... Looking forward to seeing this utilized in Apps.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttdPqly4OF8

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You have no idea how good or bad Qualcomm chips are because: A) you don;t have an iPhone or Android with each other chips in them, and both platforms don;t use the hardware the same. But here are facts. Considerign that in Android phones the SnapDragon is clocked higher and still has less battery drain vs Apple chips, and Android phones have more core and more RAM, the Android is it had direct hardware access would blow the door off an iPhone. Gosh dude, how much do you know about tech? Apple's sh**ty ass cameras can't even beat a 3 year old flagship camera from Samsung. Grow a brain dude!

14. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Lol, ever wondered why professional photographers prefer iPhones to take photos over Android ?

20. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yeah, paid by Apple.lol

36. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Brand recognition and sponsorships. The iPhone hasn't had the best cameras in smartphones in quite a few years, as supported by independent testing and reviews.

47. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

teddy does love him some reviews, even if he ain't gonna buy the product!

64. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I like to be educated, not a troll like you. I buy the best, which this year is the Note 8.

70. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'm getting the Note 8 too teddy, but unlike you I don't need to be told by the press what to buy. Oh that's right, you call them "professional reviewers", never mind that you can't actually quantify what a "professional reviewer" is, nor how one becomes a "professional reviewer". I await your vague reply.

72. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure you are. We all believe you, because you're so credible. I did quantify what a professional reviewer was, while you as usual stuck your fingers in your ears and shouted, "I can't hear you!"

75. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'm as credible as you are teddy. Also please qualify again what credentials are needed to be a "professional reviewer" of tech. In this case, specifically smart phones. What degree(s) are needed to be a reviewer of smart phones. Please pick whatever site is your favorite, and tell me what credentials they require. Thank you!

77. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're really not. You're about as credible as Trump. Go back to the other article to read what I told you. You'll just ignore it again, so why should I retype?

79. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What a witty comeback! Ok let's try this, just give me the names of the reviewers you trust, and post links to their bios, so I can see what credentials are needed.

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