Just like every year since the iPhone 4, images of Apple’s next smartphone have been appearing before the official release. Usually it is portrayed like this:
Well: Apple accidentally released developers a HomePod firmware (to be released only in December) and it showed not only the unannounced details of the smart speaker, but also of other products of the company. And the most important drawing is this one, to a good connoisseur:
The image was discovered by developer Guilherme Rambo and can be found in the Payment_glyph_phone-D22.caar file of the HomePod’s “leaked” firmware. It shows the new iPhone with no front buttons and minimal frames around the screen, plus a “cut” at the top of the display that should house the speaker and possibly the facial recognition sensor.
The firmware source code also refers to the face recognition technology of the new iPhone: it has infrared and therefore can unlock the device even in the dark. Bloomberg said in early July that facial recognition would be equipped with a depth sensor to prevent the technology from being fooled by photos.
What we still do not know is where the Touch ID is: it may have gone to the rear (oh noes!), The side (like Sony’s smartphones) or even under the screen (something that Samsung apparently wanted but failed to Do on Galaxy S8). Let’s see if Apple will also release some image from the back of the next iPhone.