I’ve been using the 18.5:9 aspect ratio Galaxy S8+ for the past few weeks and really love the form factor. The latest rumor creeping up about the iPhone 8 says that Apple will adopt the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This new form factor has gotten praise as well as criticism. While it does help with usability and helps pack a larger screen in a smaller footprint, there are apps and video that don’t always take to it very well. Knowing how Apple operates, they could very well require developers (over time) to modify their apps to work on the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
This revelation comes from China’s Economic Daily News (via DigiTimes), which claims sources at massive iPhone chipset maker TSMC have revealed the iPhone 8 display will transition to an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio just like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and LG’s G6.
The rumors not only talk about this new form factor but they also “confirm” Apple has successfully implemented Touch ID into the display. Included in this batch of rumors are some updates to the camera. Augmented reality is the primary new feature. Supposedly there will be infrared sensors that will help in the performance of augmented reality apps which Tim Cook has been very vocal about.
“My own view is that augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far, because this gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present talking to each other, but also have other things visually for both of us to see,” Cook said. “Maybe it’s something we’re talking about, maybe it’s someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there’s a lot of really cool things there.”
Of course, all of this is unconfirmed but it will be interesting to see if that aspect ratio rumor turns out to be true.
Last Updated on May 30, 2017.