Apple HomePod firmware reveals ‘iPhone 8’ bezel-less design, facial recognition

Apple HomePod firmware reveals ‘iPhone 8’ bezel-less design, facial recognition



Sometimes the best source of Apple leaks is Apple itself, as revealed by the company’s HomePod firmware, which apparently includes a rough sketch of the front face of the “iPhone 8,” as well as references to its anticipated facial recognition unlock feature.

The details hidden within the software for Apple’s upcoming Siri-enabled speaker were published by developer Steven Troughton-Smith on Sunday. It reveals that the upcoming flagship iPhone 8″ will include infrared technology to recognize a user’s face in a wide range of conditions and securely unlock the phone, as has long been rumored.

But the latest leak goes well beyond supply chain rumors: Apple’s own HomePod firmware refers to a feature codenamed “Pearl ID,” which includes “FaceDetect” references. Various errors found in the code include a face that is too close or too far from the camera, and conditions for timeouts, multiple faces, and much more.

In addition, a rough outline of the new iPhone form factor was also discovered in the HomePod firmware. It shows a largely bezel-less handset lacking a home button, with an indentation in the display at the top for the earpiece and camera array.

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The outline shown in the leak is consistent with previous leaks that are expected to show the design of the forthcoming handset.

The firmware indicates that the bezel-less “iPhone 8” is identified as “D22.”

In addition, developer Guilherme Rambo also discovered a reference to an “iPhone9,9” model, which could be the anticipated “iPhone 7s.”

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