iPhone 8 Design Leak Shows No Home Button, Facial Recognition

Apple may be making your mug mandatory for unlocking your new phone.

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Apple's HomePod firmware has leaked, offering a glimpse at just what the iOS maker may be planning for its upcoming launch of the next-generation iPhone device. How does facial recognition, a bezel-less design and no home button strike you?

The leaked code, detailed by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, shows that the facial unlock will use infrared technology as part of a BiomtericKit. Another tweet by iOS developer Guilherme Rambo said that the new iPhone was codenamed "D22" and the facial recognition called Pearl ID. The facial feature seems to confirm earlier reports that Apple may be nuking the Touch ID in favor of the new front-facing infrared tech. 

The developers, among others have been tearing apart the code in the HomePod, a new speaker system announced by Apple early last month. Apple accidently pushed the firmware live yesterday, and the developers were able to snag it before Apple caught the goof and pulled it.

Rumors had been circulating that the new iPhone would feature a notch-at-the-top, bezel-less design, and Troughton-Smith said that it was actually included in the OS, virtually assuring the accuracy of the rumors. He also said that there are tidbits throughout the code that suggest the new iPhone will have a "3X screen at 1125x2436." The new phone is expected to have an edge-to-edge screen that wraps around the speakers and sensors.

The new iPhone, which could be called iPhone Pro, iPhone 8 or even iPhone X, was expected to be announced in September, but word is that 3D technology being added to the higher end devices may push the release back. The new phones are expected to come packed with plenty of new tech, which could run the price of the top-of-the-line model to close to $1,000.

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    July 31, 2017 2:40 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, iPhone 8 Design Leak Shows No Home Button, Facial Recognition

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      July 31, 2017 3:31 PM

      Sweet! So as long as I have a photo of someone, I can log into their phone.

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      July 31, 2017 5:31 PM

      What if I want to unlock my phone without directly looking at it?

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        July 31, 2017 8:38 PM

        ^^^^^^ COURAGE

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        July 31, 2017 8:41 PM

        you could always drink a verification can

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        July 31, 2017 9:17 PM

        my android phone said it had a facial unlock feature to ensure you're not dead, you could set it to only unlock if you blinked.

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        July 31, 2017 9:31 PM

        It will 100% have TouchID as well somewhere IMO (likely on the larger power button). Aside from the awkward nature of trying to Apple Pay for everything whilst looking at the phone, i simply don't believe they could get all the banks that have signed up for Apple Pay to agree to a straight swap to Facial Recognition.

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        July 31, 2017 10:20 PM

        Then simply plug in your dick into the APPLE PENIS->USB C->LIGHTING adapter ($99 at store.apple.com) and perform a kegel to unlock.