Firmware Leak Confirms iPhone 8 Facial Recognition And Lack Of Home Button
Code leaked through the Apple HomePod firmware has revealed details about the latest iPhone's features.
Even though Android continues to dominate the mobile market, there's no bigger player in the hardware scene than Apple. Their iPhone models have long been at the cutting-edge of mobile technology, and thanks to a recent leak centered around Apple's latest HomePod firmware, iOS fans have been given an all-new glimpse at the latest features they can expect with the upcoming iPhone 8.
iPhone 8 3D Face Scanning Technology Confirmed
One of the biggest and most-touted rumored features of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 is its facial recognition software. This new technology is stated to blend data received from a fairly-traditional front-facing camera with the addition of infrared transmitters and receivers to scan and recognize the user's face. The idea, simply stated, is that iPhone 8 user's won't have to use any kind of security options to unlock their phones.
According to Steve Troughton-Smith, a developer who first revealed code from the HomePod firmware on his Twitter account, Apple is fully prepared to roll out their 3D facial recognition technology with the latest iPhone models. Whether or not the company has worked out other security-related kinks is unknown, however; Samsung took a hit in the headlines when their S8 model's facial recognition was fooled by a digital photo -- one taken and displayed on another S8 device, no less -- and it's very likely that Apple will try to avoid such blunders with their latest device.
Apple iPhone 8 Display Design And Lack Of Home Button
The firmware code that Apple pushed out to developers contained more than just information about the device's facial recognition technology; before the firmware was pulled, developers were also able to get a glimpse of the image featured at the top of this article, which looks to depict the phone's anticipated display design.
From looking at the image, it looks like Apple is going for a bezel-less design feel similar to Samsung's Galaxy S8 devices. Inferring from this design, Apple fans have also speculated that the screen will overlap features like the embedded IR sensors at the top of the phone, and potentially other parts of the device like its speakers.
And, as can clearly be seen from the image, it seems Apple has entirely ditched the device's home button, which lends further credence to its potential future reliance on facial recognition technology as the primary means of unlocking the device.
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