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Apple Accidentally 'Confirms' iPhone 8 Is Massive

Forbes logo Forbes 12/8/2017 Gordon Kelly, Contributor

© Provided by Forbes Media LLC Apple is supersizing the iPhone. Numerous case leaks , schematics and dummy units all point to a 1.1-inch jump from the iPhone 7’s 4.7-inch display to 5.8-inches. But now Apple’s own software has confirmed this… 

Like so many of the major next generation iPhone, Watch 3 and Apple TV 4K leaks, this information again stems from Apple’s own HomePod beta code which it accidentally shipped full of product roadmap information. And like so many of these leaks, developer Steve Troughton-Smith is the one who has uncovered it.

In a new tweet Troughton-Smith revealed he had extracted the exact metrics (screen points not pixels) stating: “These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width.” 

These measurements are finally precise enough for software designers, as opposed to the (relatively) greater flexibility afforded to case makers, leading Troughton-Smith to declare: “Designers, have fun”. F urthermore this is the first formal confirmation direct from Apple that the iPhone 8 will deliver a massively increased display compared to the iPhone 7.

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In fact the iPhone 8 display will be the largest smartphone display Apple has ever made, larger even than the 5.5-inch display in the iPhone 7 Plus. Despite this it will be physically closer to the smaller model, that’s quite some achievement. It also suggests that if Apple were to release an edge-to-edge iPhone Plus model in future that display could be close to 7-inches! 

There is one extra positive knock-on effect from Troughton-Smith’s discovery as well: it shows the existing leaks about the iPhone 8 appear to be spot on. Specifically this not only verifies the design exclusive I delivered last month, but also suggests we should pay close attention to the huge 25 feature leak that followed equally seriously.

Of course questions will remain over whether Apple has overpriced the iPhone 8 , whether it is wise to kill off Touch ID and whether it will be hurt by the drastic stock shortages at launch ? But what we can now look forward to with full confidence is the biggest redesign in iPhone history.

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