HomePod Firmware Details iPhone 'SmartCamera' Feature for Autodetecting Pets, Babies, and Scenes

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The HomePod firmware Apple released early continues to offer up insight into future software and hardware capabilities for the HomePod, iPhone 8, and other devices, with the newest discovery coming today developer from Guilherme Rambo.

    He's unearthed a new "SmartCamera" feature, which appears to be something that will be built into future iPhones and/or iOS 11, perhaps taking advantage of the new facial recognition software that we expect to see in the iPhone 8.

    The firmware suggests the camera app will be able to detect different types of scenes, photo conditions, and photography subjects like pets and children. Several scenes are referenced, including Fireworks, Foliage, Pet, BrightStage, Sport, Sky, Snow, and Sunset/Sunrise, indicating the iPhone's camera may be able to detect a scene and then set the ideal exposure, shutter speed, and other factors to take the best photograph.


    Many cameras, from point and shoot models to DSLRs, have a range of scene presets that can be selected, and it looks like Apple's planning to implement something similar.

    There are also specific references to a "freezeMotion" feature that mentions face scenes, pets, and babies, perhaps pointing towards new scene detection functionality that can recognize a fast moving target and automatically capture a photo at an ideal moment.


    A third screenshot covers several "Confidence" metrics and hints at the camera's ability to recognize not just pets and babies, but documents and QR codes. Both document scanning and QR code scanning with the camera are built into iOS 11, so at least some of these features will be available for all iPhone models. It's not entirely clear, however, what will require the facial recognition hardware rumored for the iPhone 8 and what will be available for other devices.


    Existing iPhones running the current version of iOS already include object recognition functionality, but it's limited to the Photos app right now. The Photos app uses AI to detect objects and people in photos for smart search and organization, and it seems some of that technology could be making its way to the Camera app going forward.

    The HomePod firmware contains hints about future iOS 11 functionality and the iPhone 8 because the HomePod runs a full version of iOS. The current version of iOS 11 in testing has been stripped of references to unreleased features, but Apple neglected to make the same edits to the HomePod firmware, allowing enterprising developers to dig up the company's secrets.

    Apple has accidentally leaked the general design of the iPhone 8, confirmed that it has an infrared facial tracking mechanism, and given us hints of several upcoming features like a split status bar at the top and a tap to wake feature. It also seemingly confirms both a virtual Home button and function area along with the absence of an under-display Touch ID solution.

    Article Link: HomePod Firmware Details iPhone 'SmartCamera' Feature for Autodetecting Pets, Babies, and Scenes
  2. imran5720, Aug 2, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017

    imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    How is this oS revealing so many things, whats different than other OS apple makes, did someone make a mistake and published un-encrypted part of code or something ?
  3. TurboPGT! macrumors 68000

    Sep 25, 2015
    I bet this will lead to an even better Portrait Mode.
  4. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  5. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    The gift that just keeps giving. Someone made a huge mistake at apple...
  6. agwin27 macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2014
    Whoever worked on the HomePod firmware is gonna get fired lol.
  7. Relentless Power, Aug 2, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Marketing at its finest. Just another way of Apple trolling us weeks before the September Keynote to keep all us all triggered. It's working.
  8. citrusui macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2017
    Virginia, USA
    It was very clearly a mistake. The file still “downloads”, but has now been obfuscated. The .zip file no longer opens properly.
  9. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Allentown, PA
  10. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    In the very article you're commenting on:
  11. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    I find it hard to believe that Touch ID would be removed completely. The reason being that hundreds of banks have signed agreements with Apple to support Apple Pay, and part of that is to have payments authenticated by a fingerprint. Imagine what would happen if some major bank had facial recognition foisted upon it, and they didn't agree to it. All hell would break loose.
  12. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    Don't you believe it. I used to work at the R&D site of a major car manufacturer. I was in a meeting with two very senior people when a person popped in to tell them that some photographers were hiding in the bushes, outside the perimeter fence by the exit ramp. They immediately ok'd it for 2 camo-covered cars to be driven out.

    Playing the media game is smart business.
  13. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors newbie


    Aug 2, 2017
    Was the Firmware Update in question immediately pulled from Apple servers, or is it still there? It's already in the wild, of course, so pulling it would only serve to inform the world that it was unintentional (and thus a major embarrassment), as opposed to a calculated publicity stunt (and thus an excellent idea).
  14. gstevie macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2009
    This may have been answered, if so apologies. Why does the HomePod firmware have all this information / detail on the next iPhone? Why would fundamental code only for an iPhone be needed in the HomePod's code?
  15. iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  16. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2004
    At this rate, I'm fully expecting the HomePod firmware to have the full design specs of the Apple Car, Apple's actual TV, and the PowerBook G5. :)
  17. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    So does this mean I'll have to unlock my phone with my cat?
  18. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
  19. snebes macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    Not hotdogs only, sorry.
  20. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Doubt it was intentional, lots of folks over at Cupertino must be not too happy about this. Schiller said it himself, they much rather have the momentum take place on stage during announcement. Guess some interns over there are having a hectic week.:D
  21. Yellowbean12 macrumors member


    Feb 4, 2008
    Can this HomePod IPSW also give me next week's lottery numbers?
  22. Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Perhaps. Being a cynic here, But I question the timing of all this leaked information. It's literally six weeks before the Keynote and all of this code is now being leaked inadvertently? It just seems suspicious to me.
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    AND when you start making out on the sofa Apple Music will automatically start up a Marvin Gaye set list. I mean talk about scene detection.
  24. Shawn Parr macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2008
    You can use Apple Pay on Apple Watch without Touch ID. You can also use it on phones with only a passcode. The banks agreements with Apple on Apple Pay are around the implementation of tokenization, not specific authentication systems on the end device.
  25. AJ5790 macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2016
    This is almost unfair. Nothing will be a surprise next month. I should tune out, but I can’t.

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