New iPhone leak shows tap to wake, facial attention detection and virtual home button.
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An Apple leak reveals the new smartphone will feature tech savvy functions like a tap to wake feature, face ID, and no home button, according to details uncovered by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith.
Someone at Apple accidentally leaked code for the first firmware of its new HomePod smart speaker, which runs iOS like an iPhone. The phone will reportedly have infrared sensors to scan the user’s face to unlock the device, according to Troughton-Smith, who read the code and tweeted out his findings.
The cool and slightly creepy “attention detection” feature could also mean your phone will stay silent for notifications if it knows you’re looking at the screen, and the long rumored facial recognition function can even detect movement in the dark using infrared.
There’s also a tap to wake feature that allows users to double-tap the screen to wake the phone instead of pressing a button. And it also appears that the home button is gone and replaced with a virtual one instead, Troughton-Smith confirms.
The virtual home button seems to just be called the 'home indicator' — looks like the OS has no qualms about hiding it in certain contexts
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 1, 2017
As far as aesthetics go, Apple won’t be bringing back the headphone jack since it’s hotly debated removal from the iPhone 7. And you can expect an elongated 5.8 inch display surrounded with much smaller bezels that are 4mm on all sides, Forbes reports.
An official release date for the iPhone 8 has not been confirmed, but it’s expected to hit stores as early as September, with some speculation that it could hit stores in early 2018. This could be the most expensive iPhone yet — a new Forbes report says pricing could start at $1,100 to $1,200.
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