The details were leaked when Apple released the firmware code for its new smart speaker, the HomePod, which is considered Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo. There's also mention of the infrared camera.
Now that nearly everything is certain about the iPhone 8 and how it will look, there has been another reassurance of the internet's beliefs of the new iPhone 8 from the company itself, which has accidentally revealed the iPhone design in one of its firmware files.
Folks digging around in the HomePod firmware have also said that there might be a massive jump in visuals thanks to the new iPhone screen, as much as the iPhone 4 retina display jumped over the original iPhone. And if so, will it be released this September as an expensive alternative to the putative iPhone 7S, or does Apple have different plans entirely?
Should all this be true, it will be the biggest change to the iPhone devices since the introduction of larger screens in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This would corroborate rumors that Apple is ditching the home button for the iPhone 8. Essentially what this means is that the iPhone 8 will feature infrared face-scanning technology, which may tie in with the omission of the face button - provided face scanning will be a new means of unlocking the device. It is unclear whether the HomePod firmware was distributed intentionally for developers to start building systems to interact with the speaker ahead of release or leaked by accident by Apple. The framework also guards against using images or 3D models of faces to gain access, but time will tell whether facial recognition is secure and responsive enough to replace Touch ID for things like Apple Pay. The firmware is essentially the same as the iPhone firmware, but it has a few alterations. Other rumors suggest that there will be a more expensive, anniversary edition added to the iPhone lineup, wireless charging, support for the Apple Pencil, and more. Of course this is a basic design image so could have simply left off some details like the front facing camera and speakers, which are expected to be hidden in the iPhone 8.
The leak does appear to confirm a couple of longstanding rumours. An Apple rep did not respond to Recode's request for comment.