‘Function area’ instead of home button for iPhone 8?

Rumored 'function area' in new iPhone 8 likely similar to the new Touch Bar found in Apple's latest MacBook Pro release.

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Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone 8 debut will likely feature a “function area” at the bottom of the much rumored all-OLED display. This will replace the current iPhone’s home button with Touch ID, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

Kuo, who has accurately predicted Apple’s new features in the past, detailed the “function area” found at the bottom of the phone in an internal slide to investors. The 5.8-inch iPhone is said to have a bezel-less 5.15-inch OLED display area.

The most apparent change of the OLED iPhone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the Home Button and current fingerprint recognition technology.  Many expect the OLED iPhone to tout a 5.8″ physical OLED panel. The actual display area will be around 5.15″, and the rest will be an area for functions, like virtual buttons.

The “function area” sounds a lot like the Touch Bar found on Apple’s new MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar is aware what apps you are in, and displays various function keys for added productivity.

The rumor mill continues to swirl for the iPhone 8, with other features on the phone said to include wireless charging, an all-glass design, and a dramatic increase in battery capacity. Here is a round up of our favorite iPhone 8 rumors.

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