New concept images of the iPhone 8 depict what the bottom of the phone might look like and how it could be used.
The so-called “function area” would reportedly contain a virtual home button and possibly a display-embedded fingerprint sensor, according to iDropNews. But it could also be used to control music and videos in the same way that the Touch Bar can on the new MacBook Pro.
The “function area” idea has some credibility. It was first predicted in February by renowned KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an impressive track record for accurately predicting features on upcoming devices.
Leaks and reports suggest that the new iPhone 8 will have a 5.8 inch screen but Kuo believes that only 5.15 inches of that display will be usable in the traditional sense. The remainder will be dedicated to the “function area”.