After the company accidentally pushed an early firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker, swarms of developers and enthusiasts took it upon themselves to scour every line of code in the firmware for interesting info and/or clues about upcoming products. After almost two days of sleuthing, Troughton-Smith found some code that appears to reveal a new feature that would let you unlock an iPhone with your face. What we have come to hear from the developer Steve Troughton-Smith is that one of the next iPhone models will feature a face unlock feature. The tweet also revealed the screen of the new iPhone, which is rumored to be named "iPhone Pro", "iPhone 8", or "iPhone X", will be bezel-less.
Those rumors suggest Apple has three devices planned for this year, including two handsets called the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which will only offer minor upgrades over last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. After all, why else include all those iPhone 8 details in the HomePod's firmware?
But this is perhaps the most surprising leak of all with Apple seemingly leaking details of their new device - by accident! Included as part of "BiometricKit", the existence of infrared face unlocking was found in numerous places throughout the HomePod's software payload. Nonetheless, Touch ID is up for debate as there are many possibilities in the area. It is speculated that it would appear either on the back or at the bottom of the screen. The 10-year-old brand faces fierce competition from Samsung and others in a field increasingly dominated by the look and feel of devices, following the stagnation of feature innovation.
The features will be replaced with infrared facial recognition that allows users to log-in to the device using their face.
This lack of a Home button would seemingly also do away with iPhone's finger-scanning Touch ID unlocking. It confirms previous leaks and the cutout at the top, but this time it's coming straight from Apple's servers.