iPhone 8 details leaked
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Apple developers may have just leaked numerous details on the upcoming iPhone 8, a Twitter user revealed last night.
I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere pic.twitter.com/yLsgCx7OTZ— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) July 31, 2017
Among them, the next version of Apple’s iPhone would have infrared-based facial recognition unlocking and an almost edge-to-edge screen. Interestingly, it also appears to extend around the speaker and sensors that sit at the top of the iPhone.
Many of the rumours about the next iPhone were up-to-now focused on the TouchID and its position on the device. Would it be under the screen or on the back? On the power button or on the side? Many even thought that it could disappear completely.
Although the answer to that question is not yet fully known, it does look like we now know the basic look of the front of the new iPhone, and that it will support unlocking by scanning your face.
The details of the leak would have been made public following the firmware release of the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which is going to be on the market before the end of the year.
The update was pushed via Apple’s developer system last week and it contained references to other devices in its code, including the next version of the iPhone.
It is uncertain whether the HomePod firmware was distributed intentionally to give developers a heads-up on how to build systems capable of interacting with the speaker before the official release, or if it was leaked by accident by Apple.
Waiting for Cupertino’s company to comment on the matter, the world is holding its breath for the official unveiling of the iPhone 8 in September at Apple's big annual event.