IPhone 8 Design Leak Shows No Home Button, Facial Recognition

Apple firmware may tip iPhone 8 front design, face unlock feature

Revealed in a tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the code features references to "face detection" and "infrared capture" with respect to a companion iPhone device.

Smith has also stated that the iPhone 8 may feature the "Tap to wake" feature which is similar to other smartphones on sale today.

Steven Troughton-Smith is one of several developers who have been examining the firmware of Apple's HomePod smart speaker that was apparently posted to the web last week.

While the iPhone 8 may release next month, it will not be widely available well until Christmas.

Ever since Engadget's close look at an alleged render of the next iPhone back in May, there have been rumors of 3D face scanning plus a large screen-to-body ratio flying about.

Rumors also alluded that the iPhone 8 could be a bezel-free design, which basically would mean that the front of the phone could be all glass.

Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its iPhone, and it is expected that the company will bring a great new iPhone 8 this year.

Developers have claimed this will be the next iPhone iteration, which is expected to be announced in September 2017, and launched shortly after.

Troughton-Smith's latest discoveries, revealed on Twitter, give an even clearer picture of exactly what Apple has planned for the long-awaited iPhone 8. But there is still no word on whether Pearl will work alone, or in conjunction with Touch ID. It also shows that the iPhone 8 does will not come with a physical home button.

The leaks confirm the long-held belief that Apple would move towards a phone that is "all-screen", and it now looks like Touch ID will be replaced by Face ID.

While the iPhone 7 has seen an evolution in the design of Apple's smartphone, it has been some way from being revolutionary in the fashion that earlier iPhones were.

Analysts have been predicting Apple will try to eliminate the home button and look to release a phone nearly entirely free of the bezel.



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