We have had ideas of what the iPhone 8 will look like dating back to February, April, and May. The newest idea of what the 10th anniversary iPhone will look like may have been leaked by Apple itself. Last week, Apple released the firmware for their upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod. The tech giant accidentally included images and key details of the iPhone 8 in the firmware file for the speaker.
Software developer Steve Troughton-Smith scanned the software code and found the expected bezel-less design for the highly anticipated iPhone 8 and he also found an exciting new feature. Inside the files, he discovered that the iPhone 8 will have a brand new facial-recognition feature. The feature called “face detect operation,” that will scan your face with the front-facing camera to verify a person’s identity and allow them access to the device’s software as another security option instead of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. It is unclear as to why the HomePod firmware was released, but expect someone to lose their job in the coming days.
The new data reinforces the design that went viral at the end of June. It shows a front with no home button and a notch at the top, which will likely harbor the phone’s front-facing camera, sensors, and speaker for phone calls.
This gives us even more insight into the iPhone 8 before Apple’s unveiling which is expected to happen at an event in September.