Apple HomePod firmware reveals iPhone 8's facial recognition feature, bezel-less design

Joanna Estrada
July 31, 2017

Apple made a rare misstep recently when it accidentally released the firmware for the HomePod.

The "iPhone 8" (or iPhone Edition, or iPhone X, or iPhone Pro, depending on who you ask) will be the tenth-anniversary edition of Apple's smartphones, and is eagerly anticipated.

The latter seems a more likely course of action, despite some rumours claiming Apple would ditch Touch ID altogether due to problems placing it behind the iPhone 8's screen. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith took to Twitter to share his find, confirming that there's evidence of the iPhone 8's new face unlock feature buried inside.

There have been reports and rumours swirling for months now about the features of the iPhone 8 - including an nearly edge-to-edge screen with no home button, wireless charging, an improved camera, and the ability to unlock it with your face via infrared sensors.

We've seen the iPhone 8 design "confirmed" over and over again in recent weeks, but thus far all the information has been coming from outside sources. This could be an indication that Apple might not ditch TouchID entirely, but offers an alternative in the form of face recognition feature.

Other than the face detection details, the HomePod firmware also included a smartphone render which looks similar to the leaked iPhone 8.

Bloomberg's sources said the intention for the technology is to eventually replace Touch ID fingerprint scanning, as facial recognition is a lot more secure. The famously secretive company nearly ever talks about upcoming products before they're officially announced.

Apple's next iPhones are set to launch sometime in September, so we'll have all the answers to our questions in a few months time.

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