Photos and video of a screen protector —purportedly for Apple’s “iPhone 8” —may support the idea that the device will have an edge-to-edge display, excluding only a small area for an earpiece and front-facing sensors.
The accessory matches other recent leaks, suggesting that contrary to early rumors Apple won’t (and/or may not be able to) hide imaging sensors under the phone’s 5.8-inch OLED display. The company has reportedly had success embedding Touch ID though, enabling use of a virtual home button without putting a fingerprint sensor on the back, as with some Android devices.
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy S8, the “iPhone 8” is expected to use a “2.5D” OLED panel, stopping at the edges instead of curving around them. The S8 has some related extra features, but Apple may have restricted curves to ease production.
One of the signature features of the new iPhone, likely shipping in October or later, should be 3D facial recognition including iris scanning. Other changes may involve wireless charging, faster cable charging, and a speedy “A11” processor.