Monday, 21 August, 2017

Apple is copying Windows Phone's best feature with next iPhone

HomePod firmware seemingly confirms iPhone 8 front design & support for 'Face ID' Apple firmware may tip iPhone 8 front design, face unlock feature
Cecilia Poole | 02 August, 2017, 00:39

Apple erroneously posted codes of the smart speaker HomePod's firmware which mentions face unlock features for iPhone, referring it as "BKFaceDetect". The code references an infrared camera, meaning the phone would be able to detect your face's distinct features even in low light.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has leaked some key features of the long-awaited iPhone 8 - including face-unlocking technology and a new shape of the screen. Adding to these findings, another iOS developer Guilherme Rambo dug into the HomePod firmware and found out that the upcoming iPhone 8 will have the codename D22. And if so, will it be released this September as an expensive alternative to the putative iPhone 7S, or does Apple have different plans entirely?

The hints found within the code back up rumors that have already been circulating about Apple's next iPhone. This, combined with recent revelations that the iPhone 8 will use infra-red scanning to sense your face to unlock in the dark, points to a new phone from Apple that will become incredible familiar with your face. Apple replaced the rear fingerprint sensor or the Touch ID which are underneath the display to place the authentication. iPhone 8 contains the two authentication process same as in the Samsung Galaxy S8.

There is no Touch ID button for the screen which is on the front panel. This feature allows users to wake their device up by simply tapping the display. He followed this with an image of the new iPhone, plucked from the firmware and widely considered as the first piece of indisputable evidence that this is what the new iPhone will look like. The firmware code was released for developers early in order to start development for the HomePod speaker. Other rumors suggest that there will be a more expensive, anniversary edition added to the iPhone lineup, wireless charging, support for the Apple Pencil, and more. "This is a rough situation for Apple", Troughton-Smith told Wired "For them to be the source of the only concrete leaks about it and its design is going to upset a lot of people internally".

The icon seemingly shows an iPhone without the Home button included, with a full-face touchscreen only impeded on by a notch for the speaker and front-facing camera.

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