We have what could be an iPhone 8 screen protector: let's analyze it!

Normally we wouldn't dedicate an article to something as trivial as a smartphone screen protector, but this one is worth covering. Not because it is super-tough or anything. It's because the accessory is said to be made for one of the next iPhone models. The accent here is on "said to be" since we have no way of confirming the claim's authenticity. On the other hand, the protector's design does line up with what iPhone rumors have been pointing at, which makes it worth investigating.

So here's what we think we know about Apple's iPhone plans so far. The company is expected to announce a total of three new iPhone models this fall. Two of them, referred to as the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus, wouldn't be all that different from the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to rumors. The so-called iPhone 8, however, is speculated to be a higher-end model built to commemorate the iPhone's 10-year anniversary. As far as we're told, the screen protector we have our hands on is made for the anniversary edition iPhone 8.

Rumors about this iPhone 8 claim that the phone will have a screen covering pretty much its whole front, save for a small area at the top where the earpiece and the camera would reside. In other words, the area of the screen protector that is clear represents the expected size and shape of the iPhone 8's display. It is about 2.5 inches (6.35cm) wide and 5.4 inches tall (13.6cm), with a diagonal of about 5.7 inches (14.55cm). This gives us an aspect ratio of 2.15 to 1. 

Judging by the size of the protector, the iPhone 8 could end up being very slightly larger than the current, 4.7-inch iPhone 7. It could also be smaller than the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Next to it, the iPhone 7 Plus would look gigantic despite having a smaller screen diagonal size.

You may have noticed that there is no cutout for a home button at the bottom of this screen protector. This corroborates with rumors suggesting that the iPhone 8 will have a virtual button instead of a physical one, while the Touch ID fingerprint scanner might be replaced by next-generation face-recognition technology. The latter could also explain all the cutouts at the top. Clearly, the one in the middle is for the phone's earpiece. There should be one for the front-facing camera and another for the proximity sensor as well. The two openings that remain could be for hardware that allows Apple's face-recognition feature to work – additional sensors or sources of illumination, for instance. 

And before we wrap up, we have to reiterate one thing: we cannot guarantee that the screen protector we were sent is designed around an actual iPhone. There's still the chance for it to have been made for "illustration purposes" based on leaks and rumors floating around. But again, it could very well end up being a legitimate iPhone 8 accessory. Until Apple makes the next iPhone's official announcement, here's a set of images depicting what an actual iPhone 8 might look like, courtesy of Martin Hajek.

iPhone screen protector provided by our friends at MobileFun.co.uk.

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30. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Early symptom of Male balding pattern?

29. ahmadkun

Posts: 709; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don't know bro .. but i think it's very ugly, i feel there will be a big disappointment.

27. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Reminds me of the LG G6 which is a good looking phone.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why the ugly ass indentation at the top? Just put the cam, and sensors in the bezel area. Sammy ant LG did it.

26. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

The bezels themselves are too slim to fit these. The general consensus is that the bezels will be 4 millimeters thick.

23. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

This is ugly , seriously

22. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

That's a small screen, not something I would buy. The 5.7 is misleading as the narrow width is more determining the image size.

20. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That protruding camera setup at the back is just fugly.

14. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016


10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple will put the bar very high (and in Android ass) as usual.

11. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

You'll love iGalaxyphone 8

19. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol funny, the phone that doesn't even try to hide who they copy...

21. AxelFoley unregistered

I agree. It looks like the bar will be placed high in the middle of the screen.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 507; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

what's that ugly black thing in the middle

16. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Pretty much an equivalent to the ugly black action bar at the bottom of most Android phones.

7. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Great job, publishing the screen protector that we've already seen more than 10.000 times on other sites.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

PA can write this long ass article just for (allegedly correct) screen protector but can't write 4 paragraphs for ostrich that got seven awards, lol..https://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsungs-ostrich-ad-just-got-seven-awards-at-a-major-trade-festival_id95329

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

All the cutouts at the top center, makes this phone look ugly

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If Samsung had done the display this way on the S8, the haters would be laughing up saying Samsung is stupid...blah blah blah. But its ok for Apple to do it no matter how stupid. What a retard idea to place a "notch" which is what Apple is calling it, right in the display area. So what happens when you watch a movie? This notch will be in the viewing area?] How dumb is this design? What a joke. My money isn't really. I will keep my ugly ass iPhone 7

13. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Your trolling needs serious work.

15. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Want to talk about dumb design? Lets talk about that aspect ratio that f**ked over our plane flight because sooo many don’t support/want to support that retched ratio. Black bars and distortion the entire plane ride. Woohoo!

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wtf are you taking about

17. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Bad troll effort. D- . Try harder next time techieXP.

25. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

Simple- your movie displays below the notch. Easy.

1. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

"said to be" since we have no way of confirming the claim's authenticity“ The floor is journalistic integrity

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

PA has a credibility problem because of their unprofessional fanboyism

5. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

More like shamelessly retarded fanboyism

18. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol you guys are consistently so butthurt. It makes the comment section look like a bunch of whiney emo's.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and they didn't make article about this S8 vs iPhone7 droptest for obvious reasonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i4R5xzodfQ

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