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.