Apple's recently published HomePod firmware has detailed quite a lot about the iPhone 8 and the smart speaker itself. Now, Steve Troughton-Smith has prodded further into the HomePod firmware and have revealed more details about the forthcoming iPhone 8. There are two note worthy additions detailed about the high-end smartphone from Apple, both of which reveal details on the display properties. It has been revealed that the virtual Home button is resizable and the screen layout. So let's dive into see some more details on the subject.
iPhone 8 To Feature A Resizable Virtual Home Button And More
According to Steve Troughton-Smith, the virtual Home button can hide or show itself at certain places. For instance, the virtual Home button can be hidden while a video is being played in fullscreen. Likewise, it will appear at times when there's corresponding functionality present on the screen. However, there is no API present for developers which will allow them to change the color of the virtual Home button. This leads us to think that the default color of the Home button will be something that blends well in every colored background.
Apart from the Home button's visibility, previous reports have also detailed that the iPhone 8 will feature a Function Area where the Home button will be situated. As it is expected the iPhone 8 will be equipped with a 5.8-inch OLED display. However, only 5.15-inches will be usable. This is because the rest of the bottom screen will be reserved for the Function Area. Similar to the new MacBook Pro, the bottom area or the Function area will be solely reserved for system and functions.
We know some facts re iPhone 8 home button area:
• it resizes
• indicator can be hidden
• no API to change color
• tab bars extend under it
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 10, 2017
These are some of the details shared by Steve Troughton-Smith regarding the iPhone 8's display. The developer has also provided us with the handset's dimensions of the status bar. Since there will be a notch between the two top edges. The notch between the display will house the front facing camera along with various sensors.
As much as Apple wanted to keep the leaks and rumors controlled, the HomePod firmware has provided us with an in-depth insight into what we should expect from the iPhone 8. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.
This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the display properties of the iPhone 8? Do you think the HomePod firmware will share any crucial details on the smartphone's design? Share your views with us in the comments.