According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch sized display, but the usable screen space will only be 5.15-inches. That’s because the rest of the space will be taken up by a “Function area” at the bottom.
As previous reports have indicated, Apple’s 10th Anniversary iPhone 8 model is going to feature an “all-screen” front, which means it will will not have a physical home button with Touch ID embedded inside. Instead, Apple will be switching to virtual buttons, similar to the approach that Samsung has adopted for its Galaxy S8 duo.
Thanks to the design changes, the iPhone 8 model is said to be nearly as compact as the current iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch LCD display. While the usable display size may not be as large as the 5.5-inch iPhone 7, it should still appeal to consumers who want a bigger display than 4.7-inches but aren’t too comfortable getting a proper “phablet” due to their large physical dimensions. There will of course be a premium for this, as the iPhone 8 model is rumored to start at upwards of $1,000 at launch. The successors to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will be more affordable, but Kuo suggests the two models will not be a major upgrade in any area, and the OLED iPhone will be “the only bright spot” in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup.