Firmware for the upcoming Apple HomePod sent out to developers last week was found to contain code references to an infra-red facial-recognition unlocking feature for another device, code named D22, thought to be the next iPhone. The code is believed to include references to Apple's upcoming iPhone, including a set of commands for how a feature referred to as "BKFaceDetect" should work. Since the HomePod's firmware went live, developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have been busy examining the software for items of interest. The look inside code for HomePod reveals that the iPhone 8 won't feature Touch ID under its display.
Yesterday word that the iPhone 8 would get infrared face unlock detection surfaced via firmware for the HomePod device.
It's unclear at this time why the HomePod firmware was released in the wild, but someone's going to be in a lot of trouble over at Apple.
Apple, famed for its commitment to secrecy, has inadvertently leaked the iPhone 8. That's significant because that's the exact screen size reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted back in February.
What form the D22 iPhone device takes will be key to ensuring Apple's continued dominance at the high-end of the smartphone market. The code further mentions about an infrared camera, which could be used to detect a user's face in the low light conditions. Having said that, it's important to note that, despite the the apparent removal of a Home button, there is no clearcut indication that ever-useful Touch ID has been removed from this version of the phone.
Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 8 with a bezel free front which has no home button and hides the front facing speaker, camera and sensors behind the glass of the screen. The images will tell us more information regarding the iPhone 8 front, a design which is same as we predicted in leaks.
If the leak is legit - and it looks like it is - this represents one of the larger Apple breaches in recent years.