Apple marked the 25th anniversary of its first notebook in 2016 by releasing a MacBook Pro with an OLED Touch Bar. The narrow strip replaced the function keys along the top with virtual ones that dynamically changed according to what application was open. Odds are the brand is going to bring this functionality over to the iPhone 8 to celebrate the smartphone lineup’s anniversary.
The main factor supporting this theory is a research note by Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. He predicts that only 5.15-inch out of the iPhone 8’s panel will be devoted to the display. The remaining area at the bottom will be called the ‘Function Area.’ This may well be the home of the handset’s own mini Touch Bar, perhaps showcasing editing tools in Photos and browsing tools in Safari.