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New iPhone 8 Leak Confirms Just How Big It Will Be

And you thought the iPhone 7 Plus had a big screen. A new report seemingly confirms that Apple is designing an even larger display for the iPhone 8.

The ever-so-clever developer Steve Troughton-Smith has somehow figured out the screen size of the 10th-anniversary iPhone by diving deep into the beta code for the Apple HomePod speaker.

Credit: Benjamin Geskin

(Image credit: Benjamin Geskin)

Lining up with previous iPhone 8 rumors, the new leak points to Apple's flagship sporting an OLED display that measures 5.8 inches diagonally. That would be significantly larger than the 5.5-inch panel on the iPhone 7 Plus.

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However, because the iPhone 8's front is expected to be almost all display--without a physical home button--Apple will likely be able to squeeze this extra real estate into a handset that's the same size or smaller than its current flagships.

As reported on by Forbes, Troughton-Smith tweeted out the iPhone 8's metrics, saying, "Designers, have fun."

Credit: Gabor Balogh

(Image credit: Gabor Balogh)

Mockups have been circulating for weeks portraying what a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 could look like, which ditches the Touch ID button that was formerly beneath the display. In fact, a video of a dummy iPhone 8 unit was circulating today that looks like the real deal.

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There's only a small notch towards the top of the screen that swoops down and includes a cutout for the infrared sensor (presumably for 3D face scanning), the front camera and the speaker.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 at an event in September, which could conflict with the Galaxy Note 8's reported on sale date of Sept. 15. That phablet will reportedly be 6.3 inches. It's shaping up to be a very interesting fall for flagship phone launches.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.