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iPhone 8 will have a virtual Home button that resizes

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has revealed details via Twitter about the iPhone 8 virtual home button, stating that it resizes as needed to fit certain tasks on the smartphone. Amazing.

Specifically, Troughton-Smith described a “peripheral” area of the system user interface that expands or minimizes and shows or hides the iPhone 8 virtual home button as needed. There will be tab bars extending under this peripheral area, and no evidence of the ability of this part of the user interface to change color was discovered.

iPhone 8 will have a virtual Home button that resizes
iPhone 8 will have a virtual Home button that resizes

According to Troughton-Smith, this means that the indicator Apple is building for the virtual home button area “will have to contrast well” with any background and colors that appear on the rest of the screen.

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Also, no evidence was found to suggest that any part of the application’s user interface is part of the home button area , i.e. Apple plans to keep the bottom part of the home button of the user interface clean and uniform. Troughton-Smith mentioned that every time a user plays a video full screen, the content hides the home button controls.

The idea of a virtual function area on the iPhone 8 was detailed earlier this year in a report written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the 5.8-inch screen on the device would have a usable 5.15-inch screen.

The remaining area of the screen would be reserved for a virtual button area, including a start button , but Kuo’s report never suggested that the function area could be resized or completely hidden when the user interface allows it.

In addition, Troughton-Smith published the measurements of the top status bar on iPhone 8. The designer Olivier Charavel has already used these measurements to create a mock-up of what this status bar should look like on the real iPhone 8, including the signal strength and the battery indicator .

Previously, Troughton-Smith said that the new status bar seemed “more complex and powerful” in its design, and even said that it could be interactive .