Digging deeper into the HomePod firmware code, Steven Troughton-Smith has seemingly confirmed that iPhone 8 will boast a three-times resolution screen at 2,436 by 1,125 pixels.

“It has more screen in height, but it can’t fit the same kinds of data onscreen as iPhone 7 Plus can,” he wrote on Twitter. The device’s alleged Retina pixel count aligns perfectly with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally predicted back in February.

The numbers work out to about 521 pixels per inch, up from the iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5-inch full HD display at 1,920 by 1,080 pixels and 401 pixels per inch. The 2,436 by 1,125 pixel resolution applies to the handset’s so-called active display are—that is, the canvas dedicated to apps.

An additional Touch Bar-like area at the bottom should host a virtual Home button along with persistent shortcuts to apps in the Dock. Taken together, the active display area and the bottom area should make for a total of 5.8 inches diagonally at 2,800 by 1,242 pixels.

Doing the math, that’s a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Earlier this morning, Steven analyzed the HomePod firmware code that Apple “accidentally” posted on its servers to discover that iPhone 8 will indeed feature an advanced facial recognition feature that should work well in dark-lit environments, referred to as “Pearl ID”.

Upon extracting high-resolution graphics from the HomePod firmware, Steven has even been able to reaffirm the device’s overall form factor with a nearly full-screen front face with an edge-to-edge screen, no physical Home button and a notch at the top that will likely host the earpiece, the front-facing camera and various sensors.

  • eXoguti097

    A bit over 500ppi, finally!

  • Newgunnerr

    So no quad HD?

    • Rowan09

      It’s 2K, 4K is overkill on such a small device and that’s the reason Sony did a 4K phone and went backwards. You can’t tell the difference between 2K and 4K on such a small screen.

      • zustroy

        That’s what they said for Retina as well.
        Of course they’ll do 4K eventually.
        They have to take our money somehow.

      • Rowan09

        Maybe but right now it’s not worth 4k in loss of battery life. There is no benefit for 4K on a mobile phone right now unless your going VR and if that’s the case like Samsung you can turn it on or off.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    If ur gonna compare, at least get the 7 plus resolution right it’s not 1080p it’s 2208×1242 even tho apple say it’s 1080p and u call urself an apple blog

    • Jay Dee

      It’s a 1080p screen. Apps rendered at 2208×1242 are downsampled to 1080p as the screen physically only has 1920×1080 pixels.

      Don’t be a dick.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Then y would it render everything in 2208×1242 in the first place we all know apple never use standard resolution

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        You can get a better quality picture out fromdownsampling over rendering at the native resolution (check DSR by NVidia) and for simplicity of making graphics and icons..

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Besides it’s not like u can count them, they’re so small.

    • Wrong. That’s the frame buffer resolution, not the physical screen resolution

  • Jamessmooth

    Now this is getting exciting.
    This may be a silly question… but app canvas? does that mean the space to display apps on the screen will actually be LESS than the 7+?

  • SpideyRules

    – “homepod-firmware-confirms-iphone-8-has-5-15-display-area-with-2436×1125-resolution”

    – “…has seemingly confirmed that…”

    Well is it confirmed or only SEEMINGLY confirmed?