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iPhone 8 to feature higher screen resolution than iPhone 7

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Much has been said about the iPhone 8 and its 5.8-inch OLED screen over the past few months, but there’s one thing which we haven’t heard too much about – the handset’s resolution. The only verified source of information on that front is an old note from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. Now a new report has come out backing up his claims.

To recap, Kuo had claimed that the iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch screen would feature an overall resolution of 2800 x 1242p. The panel is apparently getting divided into a 5.15-inch active display area and a Function Area at the bottom. The former would therefore boast of a 2436 x 1125p resolution.

This is way higher than the iPhone 7’s 750 x 1334p resolution, good news for anyone patiently waiting for Apple to up the stakes when it comes to display quality. MacRumors has now extrapolated concrete evidence that iPhone 8 units with such a resolution exist and have been visiting its site with some regularity.

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The publication dove deep into its analytics to find that Apple devices with a resolution of 375 x 812p have been visiting its site since March. Entries were sparse up until June when these units began visiting the site almost every day. Further confirming matters is the fact that all of them were running iOS 11 and the reported IP addresses were either controlled by Apple or from nearby cities.

The 375 x 812p resolution perfectly corresponds with Kuo’s 2436 x 1125p claim after taking into account Apple’s Retina Display. The company uses pixel doubling and tripling methods to raise the sharpness of text and other elements. For instance, the iPhone 7’s native resolution actually shows up as 375 x 667p in analytics data.

Going by this pattern, the iPhone 8’s native resolution should get scaled down to 375 x 812p. Notably, the width remains the same as the iPhone 7, but the height gets taller. After MacRumors, even BGR checked in on its analytics data and discovered that it too was seeing hits from an Apple device at a resolution of 375 x 812p, making things even more concrete.

If taken at face value, all this site-hopping activity likely means that Apple is actively testing the iPhone 8 and may be getting ready for full-scale production. Reports have varied on this front, with some citing a delayed release and others asserting a normal one.