Latest iPhone 8 renders imagine a transparent status bar around the sensor notch

While the iPhone 8 is rumored to introduce a new edge-to-edge display, a notch-shaped section is expected to surround the speaker and camera sensors along the top front. New iPhone 8 renders released by Forbes show how iOS could use this space to seamlessly integrate the status bar…

Forbes Contributor Gordon Kelly cites supply chain sources through case maker Nodus as specifically saying the bezel around the 5.8-inch screen will measure 4mm on each side. Kelly predicts what others have already figured out about the status bar wrapping around the prime zone:

What also remains unclear is how Apple will redesign iOS 11 to accommodate the “cutout” at the top of the display that exists to house the front-facing camera and sensors.

What Nodus and I believe is that the remaining corners will simply be used for connectivity and battery status with notifications toggled down to a new, easier to reach and more detailed ‘function area’.

While there’s no new report here, the accompanying renders certainly show how the iPhone 8 could pull off the prime box without being an eye-sore.

Kelly and Nodus aren’t sure how Touch ID will be integrated (on the screen, on the back, at all?), but they’re sure the power switch on the right side will be bigger and predict that it could be for the Touch ID feature.

Earlier this month, however, it was reported that Apple was planning to completely replace Touch ID with facial recognition features. The idea seems to be that the significantly reduced bezel cannot support the current Touch ID sensor and integrating the sensor into the full-scale display is not yet possible.

Check Forbes renders below:

While the status bar integration is a clever workaround to the distracting notch on the otherwise bezel-less design, it’s unclear how the clock on the home screen might be displayed and how the Soft bezel would appear in landscape orientation.

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