Apple's HomePod Code Seems to Refer to iPhone Facial Recognition

Apple Home Pod Firmware Confirms infrared Camera & A Bezel-less Display for iPhone 8 
  Upcoming Mobiles  by Karthik Iyer 56 mins ago0

Apple Home Pod Firmware Confirms infrared Camera & A Bezel-less Display for iPhone 8 Upcoming Mobiles by Karthik Iyer 56 mins ago0

The news was confirmed in a tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

Initially rolled out last week for developers, the Apple HomePod firmware will not be available to the public before the month of December. Given the fact that Apple has recently struck a deal with both LG and Samsung to stride up the production of OLED panels, it is possible that all future iPhones could sport OLED panels.

New evidence to suggest Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will use a new facial recognition unlocking system has surfaced online, courtesy of Bloomberg.

iPhone 8 Leak: The HomePod firmware leak also reveals some details about the iPhone 8, BGR notes. I can confirm reports that HomePod's firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone's infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhereInterestingly, the facial recognition feature appears to be referred as pearlID.

Apple's HomePod isn't even available for purchase yet, and it's already leaking secrets about the company's upcoming iPhone. In addition to this, it is unclear at this point if the feature will be called Face ID or "Pearl ID". This year also marks the 10th anniversary since the original iPhone launched in 2007, so we're expecting something very special from Apple to celebrate this milestone. Rumors about the iPhone's almost borderless screen began to emerge as far back as last June, when The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had planned an edge-to-edge screen for its 2017 iPhone. Apple has "accidentally" left some snippets of clues in its HomePod firmware.

Troughton-Smith found several lines for "BKFaceDetect" - "BK" is likely a reference to the Biometric Kit.

Infrared, which works well in low-light situations, would solve current problems with many facial recognitions, the need for a user's face to be well-lit.

The icon seemingly shows an iPhone without the Home button included, with a full-face touchscreen only impeded on by a notch for the speaker and front-facing camera.

The leak does appear to confirm a couple of longstanding rumours.

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