Troughton-Smith said to have analysed the program, and inside it, he found a mention of a "face detect operation".
The developers, among others have been tearing apart the code in the HomePod, a new speaker system announced by Apple early last month. We already saw how ugly such screenshots can be on a new phone that has an all-screen design and a top camera cutout like the iPhone 8. Digging through the information in the firmware reveals that the iPhone 8 will indeed include the ability to unlock the device with facial recognition.
All of this basically means the iPhone 8 will be a lot sleeker than the phone that came before it.
According to Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, the HomePod's firmware contains references to BiometricKit, the software for the next iPhone's infrared face-scanning functionality.
iPhone 8 Leak: The HomePod firmware leak also reveals some details about the iPhone 8, BGR notes.
The resolution of the still unannounced iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro is also expected to be as much as a visual leap forward from the current-generation iPhone as the jump to the iPhone 4's retina display was.
You know how Apple is big on secrecy and how the company has employed a team of highly skilled former intelligence officers to combat internal leaks?
'As the new OLED iPhone won't support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later)'.