HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Split Status Bar, Tap to Wake and No Touch ID Under Display

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    Firmware for the as-of-yet unreleased HomePod has provided a wealth of information on the speaker itself and the upcoming iPhone 8, thanks to developers like Steven Troughton-Smith who have spent time digging into the code.

    Troughton-Smith shared a few new prospective iPhone 8 features and predictions this evening, once again sourced from the HomePod firmware, giving us even more insight into the radically redesigned iPhone Apple plans to release in 2017.

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    An iPhone glyph discovered yesterday in the HomePod firmware, which is believed to be representative of the iPhone 8 design​

    First and foremost, Troughton-Smith has seen no indication that there are features related to under-display Touch ID functionality in the iPhone 8, and he does not believe that such a feature will be included in the device.


    Initial iPhone 8 rumors suggested Apple was working to put Touch ID under the display as the iPhone 8 features an edge-to-edge design with no Home button, but that may not have panned out due to rumored production difficulties. Current information suggests Apple may instead replace Touch ID with a new facial recognition system, and there are indeed several references to infrared face detection in the firmware.

    The iPhone 8 is expected to have an edge-to-edge design with thin bezels at the top and the sides, but there will be a blocked out area for the front-facing camera and the new sensors that will enable facial recognition. According to Troughton-Smith and developer Jeffrey Grossman, there are references to new "split" options for the visual provider system for UIStatusBar, suggesting status bar information like connection strength, battery, Bluetooth, and the time may be displayed on either side of the sensor/camera area, for a streamlined status bar at the top of the device.

    Troughton-Smith says the new status bar "seems a lot more complex and powerful in design," and could even be interactive in some way.


    Along with details on the split status bar and the lack of references to Touch ID, Troughton-Smith has also found information suggesting the iPhone 8 could potentially support a "tap to wake" feature. Tap to Wake is a feature built into some Windows-based Lumia smartphones, allowing the screen to be activated with a double tap, something Apple could use as an alternative to a Home button for waking up an iPhone.

    In regard to the Home button, it appears to be called the "Home Indicator" in the firmware, and according to Troughton-Smith, Apple has "no qualms about hiding it in certain contexts." Rumors have suggested that while there will be no physical Home button, there could be an on-screen function area that houses a virtual Home button and other controls. Based on what Troughton-Smith says, this virtual area may be able to be hidden for things like full-screen apps and videos.


    As a last little tidbit, Troughton-Smith says ARKit and Photos are getting new functionality that goes with the front-facing camera with depth sensing features, such as "ARFaceAnchor."

    There are details about the iPhone 8 within the HomePod firmware because HomePod will run a version of iOS. The firmware that Apple released corresponds to iOS 11.0.2, a future update that will be introduced sometime after iOS 11 launches in the fall alongside new iPhones.

    Article Link: HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Split Status Bar, Tap to Wake and No Touch ID Under Display
     
  2. weup togo macrumors 6502

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    I'm gonna laugh when WWDR yanks his developer access. There's no way to describe how mad marketing about this is right now.
     
  3. Sunny1990 Suspended

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    OMG! No touch id under the display. This is such a heartbreaking news.
     
  4. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

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    People who fell for the rumor has no one to blame but themselves to be set up for disappointment.
     
  5. thereckoner macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like there will be a software cutout at the bottom to mirror the top physical cut out - expect this to contain time and possibly other functions?
     
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    Apple giving hints? :eek: Equally distributed Bezels.
     
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    This seems more like ligit because this leak is directly from Apple
     
  9. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000

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    Look, this phone's not going to have touch ID, it'll have facial recognition instead, it'll be the greatest thing ever, and everyone will buy it. Nothing to worry about :)
     
  10. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

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    I mean the ID screen scan seemed too advanced to work this early maybe in a couple years. The rest I do believe though
     
  11. LoveToMacRumors, Jul 31, 2017
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    I agree. Looks like it's pretty much confirmed. I'm making my mind ready for this lmao.

    If at keynote, there's no Touch ID, i wont be disappointed. If there is, I'll wet myself and be happy about it
     
  12. Relentless Power, Jul 31, 2017
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    OMG! Another Touch ID rumor. I will put my faith in Ming Kuo over Steven Troughton Smith. We will find out in approximately six weeks.

    Edit: If it's not under the display, Apple likely has a another source using facial recognition that will appeal for some and others it won't. But it's not a complete shock at this point it won't be under the display, which Kuo predicted weeks back. But leave it to Apple to make the facial recognition scanner reliable.
     
  13. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    Says the pundits, personally it's annoying to have to look at your iphone everytime you want to unlock, and GASP, maybe even to go back to putting in your number code to unlock ala, pre 4s days...
     
  14. Abazigal macrumors G3

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    Is he under some sort of NDA? Blame Apple for leaking the data before it was ready for prime time.
     
  15. JPack macrumors 68040

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    The most reliable and legit Apple analyst in the world predicted "no Touch ID at all" a month ago.

    He even told us the OLED iPhone display resolution 6 months ago. Some people just didn't want to believe Kuo. Instead, those people wanted to believe Apple exceptionalism meant Touch ID would be in-display. Others mistakenly believe Apple Pay requires Touch ID.
     
  16. wbrat macrumors regular

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    iOS11 has been available since WWDC. I don't understand why any of those details were not discovered there. If they were not there, why would they add them right now?
     
  17. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    Analysts have sources they cannot divulge. This "leak" comes directly from Apple software and for some people, it's simply more accurate.

    Rumors about Touch ID on the screen first appeared last year during the same time. We all believed it at some point, because it would be so wonderful, but obviously, things changed haha
     
  18. Xytal macrumors regular

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    Well, if there is anyone who can finally make a decent face scanner, it'll be Apple. They were the first to finally put a good fingerprint scanner on a phone.
     
  19. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    The iPhone 8 should be released in 2018. That way its not missing key features. It seems as if so many features have been taken away due to manufacturing issues and Apple had to put something together to at least satisfy the fanboys.
     
  20. AngerDanger, Jul 31, 2017
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    Yep, just checked the HomePod firmware myself, and not only was it able to predict the absence of TouchID, but it also told me how I'll die. This is truly a fantastic piece of software.

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  21. Sunny1990, Jul 31, 2017
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    i call it ligit. This leak is directly from Apple. Touch id is not going to happen this year under the display. This is a big disappointment for me atleast. Anyway less than 6 weeks to go, will find out.
     
  22. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    The only option is touch ID...the normal way........ on the iphone 7s model.
     
  23. deany macrumors 68030

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    Troughton-Smith a very English name and double barrelled to boot.

    Can he be trusted? yes I say, bandits at four o'clock, tally ho.
     
  24. Geert76 macrumors 65816

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    no worries, as soon as the iPhone 8 pre order goes live, you have about 0,003 seconds to get your pre order in. Anytime after those 0,003 seconds you are looking at shipphing times/backorders somewhere in your 2018 release date ;)
     

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