IPhone 8's Home Button Area Functionality Revealed

Isaac Cain
August 10, 2017

As soon as the excitement for a particular iPhone model starts gradually dying down, rumors about the next model immediately start doing the rounds. It is on the shoulders of Foxconn lies with most of the Assembly orders for the Apple smartphones. The overall size of the OLED Apple handset is comparable to that of the iPhone 7 thanks to its near bezel-less frame.

Still undecided on the detailed specifications of some hardware and design features, USA tech giant Apple has postponed the unveiling of the iPhone 8 fitted with an OLED screen to November, while the LCD-equipped iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will likely debut in September as planned, industry sources said on August 10. Interestingly enough, an iOS developer yesterday found a reference to "multi biometrics" in the HomePod firmware, which once again sparked speculation that Touch ID may not be abandoned entirely. In any case, the new releases affirmed the following iPhone's plan which is taking the track of Android in the Operating System's interface.

Apple is apparently biding its time, trying to take the best decision for the iPhone 8, but that reflects on suppliers as well. One thing to keep in mind that the code's existence does not automatically mean Apple will implement it. Apple often experiments with new features during the testing phase, which either get polished and included in final code or ultimately pulled, depending on how it works out. However, it also claims that the company will still debut the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus in September.

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Apple also accidentally leaked a beta software for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker (Apple's version of the Amazon Echo) that also might have revealed something about the new iPhone, according to BGR.

Instead of a regular camera essentially recognizing a 2D image, the VCSEL sensors will be able to recognize faces in 3D. There's the now-familiar chunk of area at the top of the panel to house the earpiece, front-facing camera and a number of sensors, and then just a huge stretch of screen display. This biometric identification form will scan the features of your face and immediately unlock the phone. Many sensitive apps such as password managers and file management apps rely on Touch ID. The device could also lock itself automatically when users stop looking at it.

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