As the tradition of iPhone go, Apple is supersizing the phone. Numerous case leaks, schematics and dummy units all point to a 1.1-inch jump from the iPhone 7’s 4.7-inch display to 5.8-inches. But this time it is not rumours, Apple’s own software has confirmed it.
Like so many of the major next generation iPhone, Watch 3 and Apple TV 4K leaks, this information again stems from Apple’s own HomePod beta code which it accidentally shipped full of product roadmap information. And like so many of these leaks, developer Steve Troughton-Smith is the one who has uncovered it.
In a new tweet Troughton-Smith revealed he had extracted the exact metrics (screen points not pixels) stating: “These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width.”
These measurements are finally precise enough for software designers, as opposed to the (relatively) greater flexibility afforded to case makers, leading Troughton-Smith to declare: “Designers, have fun”. Furthermore this is the first formal confirmation direct from Apple that the iPhone 8 will deliver a massively increased display compared to the iPhone 7.
In fact the iPhone 8 display will be the largest smartphone display Apple has ever made, larger even than the 5.5-inch display in the iPhone 7 Plus. It also suggests that if Apple were to release an edge-to-edge iPhone Plus model in future that display could be close to 7-inches!
Of course questions will remain over whether Apple has overpriced the iPhone 8, whether it is wise to kill off Touch ID and whether it will be hurt by the drastic stock shortages at launch? But what we can now look forward to with full confidence is the biggest redesign in iPhone history.