The Apple HomePod firmware is giving up more of its secrets

Lynne Hanson
August 2, 2017

Recode reports that developers Steve Troughton Smith and Guilherme Rambo were the first to find details of the new iPhone within the HomePod's code. What remains to be seen is whether Touch ID is also getting removed, or if Apple found a way to integrate the fingerprint scanner into the screen itself.

As we all know, there have been lots of leaks about the iPhone 8 and it has seemed to become nearly fashionable to "reveal" something about the new device.

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Some developers appear to have gotten hold of the firmware for Apple's HomePod speaker before it was meant to be public.

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The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in September. Prior to that supposed leak, images of the purported front panel of the iPhone 8 made an appearance, fuelling the belief that the device will sport a curved edge-to-edge screen.

The so-called virtual home button, which will apparently sit at the bottom of the device and operate as a function area alongside key apps, will apparently be called the "home indicator", disappearing when the iPhone 8 is in full screen mode. The feature will allow users to unlock their phones just by looking at it.

Developers claimed they had made the discoveries in firmware for an upcoming HomePod smart speaker. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone and celebrating this occasion; Apple will be launching the iPhone 8 with a slightly revamped design. 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. It seems odd to think of an Apple leak as "rare", but most leaks happen from Apple's suppliers or an inside source sharing info with a reporter or analyst. These rumours suggest Apple is following the steps of Samsung's (KRX:005930) G8. The image, which was hidden in the firmware, showcases a bezel-less display with a notch cut out at the top to incorporate the front-facing camera and other sensors.

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