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23. August 2017

Face ID Described as iPhone 8’s ‚Crown Jewel‘, Unlocking Device in ‚A Few Hundred Milliseconds‘

The front-facing 3D sensor on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will be the device’s „crown jewel,“ able to unlock the iPhone 8 in a „few hundred milliseconds“ to give users quick access to their smartphone and quickly authenticate Apple Pay purchases.

The statement comes in a new report by Bloomberg, and follows on the heels of a recent article by The Korea Herald which used similar language to describe the unlocking process on the iPhone 8. As we near the device’s launch, expected in September, so-called „Face ID“ has risen to the forefront of iPhone 8 rumors and is largely believed to be replacing Touch ID entirely on [...]

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6. August 2017

HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Laying Flat

The newest discovery found within the HomePod firmware has shed some light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software, and how it could potentially scan a user’s face even when the smartphone is laying flat on a table. Uncovered by iHelp BR, code within the firmware related to „Pearl,“ which is Apple’s internal name for the new facial recognition system, also includes multiple references to the word „resting“ alongside „unlock.“

The feature was discovered to be categorized as an accessibility option, specifically called „AXRestingPearlUnlock“ and „com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock“. [...]

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31. Juli 2017

iPhone 8 Infrared Face Detection and General Device Design Revealed in HomePod Firmware

Late last week, Apple released early firmware for its HomePod smart speaker, which won’t be launching to the public until December. HomePod will run a version of iOS, and the firmware released by Apple corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

One iOS developer has dug into the firmware and discovered that it also contains hints of what we can expect for other devices. Most importantly, the firmware includes numerous references to infrared face detection within the BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has also confirmed these [...]

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23. Juni 2017

New iPhone 8 Glimpse Combines Leaked Parts to Show Off What Device Might Look Like at Launch

Leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted a few new images and a video of what Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 might look like once it’s in the hands of users later this year. Using a leaked dummy model, screen protector, and a printed picture of an iOS wallpaper, Geskin has put together the gist of what current rumors have suggested the iPhone 8 will look like once it’s announced in the fall.

Geskin’s images depict an iPhone 8 dummy model as we’ve seen previously, with a suggested 5.8-inch display area, minimal bezels, front-facing camera and sensor dip, but with an all-black frame instead of models that have previously depicted a rumored stainless steel [...]

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