"I can confirm reports that HomePod's firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone's infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere", said developer Steve Troughton-Smith in a tweet last week.
The physical Touch ID fingerprint sensor appears to be missing on the iPhone 8 raising questions about how the device will be secured.
Based on the codes Troughton-Smith found, he claims that the iPhone 8 might have an infrared-based facial recognition sensors and an nearly all-screen design on its front.More news: Clashes kill three during Venezuela's anti-Maduro general strike
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HomePod will launch at retail in December, following the expected iPhone 8 release around September.
Smith also says he sees nothing that even hints at the iPhone 8's rumored function area, leading him to believe that it's just standard screen space. The third-which media outlets have called the iPhone 8 but could ultimately have a different name-is expected to deliver a major upgrade with a new design.
The image, a simple blue graphic showing how the screen sits within the phone's body, was unearthed in firmware belonging to Apple's upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod. The firmware is essentially the same as the iPhone firmware, but it has a few alterations. There have been plenty of mock-ups already in circulation, but they've all been educated guesses, based on putting together supply-chain leaks, rumors, and speculation - this is the first image from Apple itself. Within the HomePod firmware, a glyph looks very similar to the design rumors for the iPhone 8, with a near bezel-less design and notch cut out over the top of the earpiece for calling and sensors. "This is a rough situation for Apple", Troughton-Smith told Wired "For them to be the source of the only concrete leaks about it and its design is going to upset a lot of people internally".