Even though Apple had claimed to have doubled down on the secrecy of their products it seems they made one major oversight. One iOS developer has dug into the readily available firmware for its yet to be launched HomePod and found some confirmations of what the iPhone 8 will be like.
As we get ever closer to the possible release of the new iPhone 8 the number of theories surrounding this special 10th-anniversary edition seems to grow by the day. This time the speculation doesn't come from an ex-employee or some tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but actually from Apple itself. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found a whole host of revealing information regarding the phone while exploring the firmware for Apples new HomePod which isn't due out until December this year.
The first notable discovery in the iOS 11.0.2 HomePod firmware was a glyph icon which appears to represent an iPhone that looks much like the rumored iPhone 8. It features a full-front display with a notch cut out at the top for the earpiece and sensors. If this turns out to be correct this could actually be the first guaranteed look what the next Apple phone will be like.
What I find interesting from a photographic point of view is the big news that a facial recognition system will be playing a part in the phone. Troughton-Smith has found several references in the code relating to face detect and infrared capture in the BiometricKit. This does suggest the previously rumored infrared sensors on the front of the iPhone will actually be involved in capturing images for authentication. Other phrases found include "Too Close To Camera," "Flare," Multiple Faces," as well as a reference to depth sensing features. This could potentially suggest that if the technology is also going to be used for the regular cameras then the way the smartphone takes pictures could be getting a whole lot smarter. It would make a lot of sense if the infrared sensors were not only used to help capture faces in low light for security reasons but also to help the phone take better pictures. The fan of the late night selfie may have a lot to be looking forward to.
Be sure to check out the video for a full breakdown of all the discoveries which were found.