iPhone 8 infrared face detection, bezel-less design revealed in HomePod firmware

iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith who is said to have been examining the code inside the Apple HomePod found references confirm that the new iPhone will have a facial recognition feature

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Highlights

    • The HomePod firmware reveals the new iPhone’s bezel-less design
    • The code base mentions about “Pearl ID” that hints towards the rumoured infrared sensor
    • The new iPhone is said to have a facial recognition feature

Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone 8 is said to boast of a radical design and while renders gave a closer look of the supposed flagship, Apple has accidentally revealed a few major details about the next iPhone. The Cupertino-based technology company late last week released early firmware for its HomePod smart speaker, and an iOS developer seems to have possibly dug the long rumoured features on the new iPhone.

The details mentioned in the smart speaker HomePod’s firmware code base were spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. Smith and other developers namely Guilherme Rambo, who are reportedly examining the code inside the Apple HomePod, found references which confirm the new iPhone will have a facial recognition feature. Developer Rambo found an icon representation along with the evidence of infrared and the new bezel-less form factor. Notably, the codebase includes several references to infrared face detection within the BiometricKit ‘framework’. The code base further mentions about “Pearl ID,” hinting the rumoured front-mounted infrared sensor for face authentication.

Apparently, the firmware code confirms the design of upcoming iPhone codenamed “D22”. It also included a glyph of the device which comes in line with the several renders that have surfaced earlier, claiming the phone will feature a bezel-less display with ‘top notch’ cut out for front-facing camera and sensors. The image, as pointed by 9to5Mac, was hidden in the framework that handles authentication for Apple Pay.

iPhone 8 codenamed "D22" (screenshot taken by Steve Troughton Smith)
iPhone 8 codenamed “D22” (screenshot taken by Steve Troughton Smith)

While these ‘discoveries’ offer perhaps the best hint ever with regards to iPhone 8’s possible features and design, the company may also make changes before the final unveiling. Apple is expected to introduce three iPhone this fall: the iPhone 8 (Apple is yet to confirm the branding, though) featuring a bezel-less OLED display, iPhone 7s with a 4.7-inch display, and iPhone 7s Plus with a bigger 5.5-inch display. All the three iPhone are tipped to follow the usual September launch timeline, however, availability of the handsets are said to get delayed due difficulties in production.