KGI’s very own Ming-Chi Kuo released his most recent assessment of the upcoming iPhone 8 last night. The reliable Apple analyst talked about Apple’s plans of adding a virtual function area which would take the place of the device’s physical Home button. Kuo’s report also included information on screen resolution specs, which added knowledge on what to expect from the phone.
Based on the details released, it’s likely that the iPhone 8 could have a higher 521 PPI density compared to the 320 PPI on the iPhone 7. There is also some reason to believe that Apple will be equipping Retina glass at 3x scale onto a device with a 4.7-inch screen. Kuo’s report also suggests that the iPhone 8 could have a resolution of 2436 x 1125. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 7 has a 1334 x 750 screen resolution. This could mean that the iPhone 8 will have a main screen resolution that’s twice as much as the iPhone 6, 6s and 7 models. And since the screen region is said to measure 5.15 inches, a 512 PPI would make a lot of sense.
If Kuo’s report prove to be accurate, it would be enticing to Android users who have since complained about the 4.7-inch low-resolution display available on the iPhone. The iPhone 8 could be a stellar device with a pixel density higher than the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, both of which have a PPI of 325 and 401, respectively.
Another thing that could be clear on the iPhone 8 is the use of a high-density screen at 3x Retina scaling. Currently, the iPhone models that don’t carry the Plus specs only use 2x scaling that produces 667×375 points. Given the numbers on Kuo’s report, it’s likely the iPhone 8 could be equipped with 3x scaling or equal to 812×375 points. As of this writing, the vertical resolution point is the same as what’s available on the Phone 7. This could indicate that the iPhone 8 will have a somewhat similar application design on the 4.7-inch iPhone.
Although Kuo has been quite accurate with his reports, these numbers do not guarantee anything for the iPhone 8. But considering it is rumored to have wireless charging, improved water resistance, and even facial recognition technology, this year’s iPhone could be a bombshell compared to past models. We’ll know for sure once Apple unveils the device at a media event expected to take place in fall.