More Details About The Apple HomePod Speaker Revealed

Ken Copeland
August 2, 2017

The next version of Apple's iPhone will have infrared-based facial recognition unlocking - eliminating need for a passcode or fingerprint - and will have an nearly all-screen design on the front, say developers digging into the pre-release of firmware distributed by Apple.

A potential "attention detection" feature is also mentioned in the code, with some speculating that may mean the phone will remain silent for notifications if it knows you're looking at the screen already. One of the developers who grabbed the code, Steve Troughton-Smith, realized that the speaker's code contained the base code for the iPhone as well, including references to technology not found on existing models. The look inside code for HomePod reveals that the iPhone 8 won't feature Touch ID under its display. The design of iPhone 8 has been confirmed in a new leak and as well as the new face unlock feature. That can then be used to also unlock the HomePod.

The iPhone 8, set to launch 10 years after the first iPhone hit shelves, will be a big release. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone (probably iPhone 7s and 7s Plus) devices will be up much before, probably in September. The iPhone 8 is expected to have a large cut-out area to house the speaker, camera and 3D sensing facial recognition hardware. Apple is using codenames for both its face recognition feature and the bezel-less phone, called "Pearl ID" and "D22" respectively.

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All these revelations have been sourced by the developers from the firmware of the company smart speaker, the HomePod.

Still, with the presumed unveiling of new iPhones just a few weeks away, these apparent revelations seem to confirm some of the many rumors that have been whispered for months.

Such leaks need to be taken with a pinch of salt as they could simply be holding icons or deliberate misdirection by Apple. The image, which was hidden in the firmware, showcases a bezel-less display with a notch cut out at the top to incorporate the front-facing camera and other sensors.

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