HomePod firmware reveals iPhone 8 design, infrared facial recognition

July 31st, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

With the fingerprint reader booted from the front of the iPhone 8, alternative biometric authentication methods were reportedly considered – including 3D facial recognition and iris scanner.

Now we have our first solid bit of evidence – HomePod’s firmware shows support for infrared face unlock in the BiometricKit. This is similar to what Lumias and Galaxys use and works in low light.

Also hidden in the firmware is a graphic representation of the device – a bezel-less phone with a characteristic cutout on top, which will hold the selfie camera and likely the facial recognition hardware….

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