‘iPhone 8’ to Get ‘Function Area’ to Replace Touch ID Button, Start at $1000 USD: KGI

More ‘iPhone 8’ details have emerged from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been able to correctly predict features from Apple’s product roadmap over the years.

Iphone 8 home button

His latest research note to investors, obtained by AppleInsider, details the full-screened design of the 5.8-inch ’iPhone 8’ will include a new ‘Function area’, to replace the Touch ID Home button. The active diagonal display area is said to be 5.15-inches, with a resolution of 2436 x 1125, with the bottom ‘Function area’ predicted to be dedicated to system functions in the form of virtual buttons.

Based on the image provided by Kuo, ‘iPhone 8’ looks to have nearly the same screen size as an iPhone 7 Plus, but in the form factor of a 4.7-inch iPhone. Earlier this week, the analyst reported the ‘iPhone 8’ battery would increase thanks to an “L” shape design, thanks to an upcoming smaller logic board.

Without Touch ID, Kuo suspects the next ‘iPhone 8’ will introduce biometrics for Apple Pay authentication and security. Previously, the analyst cited possible facial recognition or iris scanning as possible applications.

As for price, Kuo estimates the 5.8-inch ‘iPhone 8’ starting price would debut at $1,000 USD (or about $1 million Canadian dollars #DrEvil), corroborating a previous report by Fast Company. The jump in price is believed to be for more expensive OLED production costs, compared to LCDs used in current iPhones.

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  • johnnygoodface

    Brilliant!!! I so want an 8, but not an 7+ form factor

  • SOB

    Not sure if I read this right but it sounded like the 5.8 inch version would fit into the 4.7 inch size? That would be great.

  • johnnygoodface

    You sure read right! That’s what make this such a brillant design!

  • My 1/2 cents

    Geez, how in debt are you? If you’re not, I hope you’re doing some good with your money by helping the less fortunate instead of wasting it on frivolous items just to boost your status and ego.

  • My 1/2 cents

    I fear you would say anything Apple does, including laminating their next iphone with poop as a brilliant design. FWIW, the 4.7inch looks and feels tiny. Even the 7+’s display is way too small for me. At least with Android, you can download keyboards where you can increase the size. Not with iOS.

    Let’s hope the other major players get some sense and keep their cell phones several hundred dollars cheaper than the next iPhone. Design is not important, functionality is. Of course, some people think the one who has the shiniest newest toys wins.

  • FragilityG4

    Who are you to judge anyone? Geez get a life.

  • Cobra

    wow… what the heck is wrong with you dude? You sure sound like a virus hired to infiltrate healthy population. If you love Samsung so much, why are you even here? Get a life, geez

  • OliChabot

    How good is it going to sell in Canada at a 1400$ price tag ? It means, with the subsidy, it will come at about 799$ with a 80+plan.. Geez I don’t see it selling well, except if they use it as a way to get customers to get 99+/month contracts…

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  • johnnygoodface

    I meditate so I can leave my ego out the door my friend! I so don’t care about my “status” and I’ll surely put a nice black case on it. I simply love innovation and new stuff. Best of luck with your donations to the less fortunate. You’re the men!