Tuesday in CE: Reported iPhone 8 Leaks Show Home Button’s Demise, Facial Expression Detection
Resourceful tech enthusiasts that can’t seem to wait until September to find out what Apple will put in its new iPhone have reportedly uncovered a bunch of new features by breaking down the HomePod’s firmware, which runs iOS just like the iPhone. (This isn’t quite as bad as hacking HBO to steal Game of Thrones spoilers, but it’s close…) Some of the features that have been spotted include a tap to wake function, facial expression and attention detection, and the long-rumored demise of the home button.
According to The Verge, Apple accidentally released the firmware over the weekend, which resulted in a “frenzy of analysis” about previously unknown features. Some developers who’ve been digging through the firmware have been tweeting about their findings.
Aside from the features they’ve claimed to uncover, the developers have reportedly determined that the resolution of the iPhone 8 could be a drastic step forward. It’s possible, they said, that the visual leap from current-gen iPhones will be as big as when we moved from the original iPhone to the retina display on the iPhone 4.
Like with any reported iPhone rumors, there’s no telling if any of this is actually true, or if it’s just a bunch of developers reading too deep into something. We don’t have long to wait to find out though. The new iPhones should be unveiled a little over a month from now.
— Consumer Tech Assocn (@CTATech) July 31, 2017
Not long after the National Retail Federation released its back-to-school shopping report, the Consumer Technology Association has followed suit with its own tech-focused back-to-school shopping analysis. In its analysis, CTA said it expects 63 percent of U.S. back-to-school shoppers plan to buy technology this year.
Actual spending totals vary depending on your association of choice: NRF predicted in its report that consumers would spend roughly $8.8 billion, while CTA’s numbers show an estimated $19.9 billion will be spent on back-to-school tech. What’s included in those numbers as far as the categories of technology (i.e. TVs for colleges dorms as opposed to just small calculators for a third-grade class) likely play a factor in the difference.
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- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is planning to introduce legislation that will address some IoT concerns.
- New analysis shows that Amazon might not always have the best prices for certain product, but it’s looking more and more like consumers don’t seem to care.