RU­MOUR & NEWS

Face de­tec­tion looks like a def­i­nite ad­di­tion, but what else is in store for the iPhone 8?

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Edited by graham bar­low

We fo­cus on the iPhone 8’s ex­pected fea­tures

With the end of Septem­ber still look­ing likely as the re­lease date for the iPhone 8, ru­mours of face de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy are hot­ting up. Ap­ple re­cently re­leased early firmware for its HomePod smart speaker, and when de­vel­op­ers dug deeper into it they dis­cov­ered nu­mer­ous ref­er­ences to in­frared face de­tec­tion hard­ware. Hav­ing in­frared cam­eras on the front of the iPhone 8 would mean that face de­tec­tion could be ac­com­plished even in the dark.

Hotly tipped fea­tures for the iPhone 8 still in­clude a 5.8-inch OLED dis­play that goes edge-to-edge with no bezel, faster A11 pro­ces­sor, glass body, re­moval of the Home but­ton along with un­cer­tainty about the re­ten­tion of Touch ID.

There are also ru­mours that the iPhone 8 will come in three dif­fer­ent mod­els, with pos­si­ble de­lays to the high-end re­lease.

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