Here Are the Biggest New iPhone Leaks Ahead of Apple’s Event on Tuesday
In keeping with tradition, it seems experts have been rabidly speculating about what sort of fancy new phone Apple might unveil at its big September event this year since, well, the minute last year's wrapped. There's been talk of a face-scanning camera, all-glass screens, wireless charging, and maybe even better battery life. That's not to mention the potential for this latest pocket computer from Tim Cook and company to be the first one to come with a price tag of over $1,000.
Now, thanks to a fresh new leak of the final version of iOS 11, some digital sleuths have confirmed some rumors and dug up even more details about what to expect to see unveiled during Apple's big event on Tuesday. Here's what you should know.
The new iPhone will probably be called the iPhone XWhile seemingly the least exciting aspect of any new phone, there has nonetheless been a big to-do over what exactly the new iPhone will be called. Well, there's strong evidence suggesting the new top-tier iPhone will be known as the iPhone X. This is according to iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who spotted references to the name deep within the firmware leak.
Of course, Apple famously assigns codenames to its top-secret projects, so it's possible iPhone X is just a codename, though it does seem appropriate considering it's also the iPhone's 10-year anniversary. As for the other two new-but-not-top-tier phones set to be unveiled, those are likely going to be named the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, respectively.
The Home button is going bye byeOne of the most persistent rumors about the forthcoming high-end iPhone seems to be all but confirmed: the Home button is being ditched in favor of a less obstructed, bezel-less screen. As was hinted in the HomePod firmware leak earlier this summer, the leaked iOS firmware also contains mockups of a Home button-less screen. This new display seems to instead feature a small notch at the top where the front-facing camera will presumably live.
The leak also includes instructions for initiating various modes by tapping and holding the side button, suggesting that it will operate in coordination with the new Face ID to perform certain functions you might have otherwise controlled with the Home button.
'Face ID' will replace Touch IDThe marquee feature for the new iPhone X will likely be "Face ID," which will scan a user's face via the front-facing camera to verify their identity to do things like unlock the device, enable Apple ID, or perform various other functions that might have previously relied on the fingerprint-scanning Touch ID. A leaked setup tutorial indicates that the camera will initially "learn" your face by scanning it from various angles.
Additionally, 9to5Mac found that Face ID will also introduce some nifty new accessibility features, including one that would check whether you're looking at the screen before dimming the display.