IPhone 8's facial recognition to work even while lying on table

The iPhone SE is seen on display during an event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

The iPhone SE is seen on display during an event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

The iPhone 8 rumours continue this week with a slew of leaks and some new interpretations derived from the HomePod firmware code, which has proven to be a veritable gold mine thus far. The Cupertino based tech company had rolled out the firmware of the Siri powered speaker, and that provides some anticipations about its highly anticipated smartphone. All-in-all, the next-gen Apple TV will be a major upgrade in terms of specs thanks to support for 4K content displayed in 3 HDR modes for improved contrast and colors.

The firmware leak appears to have an image that supports this iPhone 8/Pro screen configuration, while the leaked firmware also suggest a front-facing camera will be able to record 4K video at 60fps, which would be a boon for videographers and those taking photo or video selfies while being able to see themselves on their screens.

There's also an indicator for the back and front, which suggests that both cameras of the upcoming iPhone 8 will come along with a higher quality video support.

BK is believed to be short for BiometricKit, a new set of iPhone features which will sit alongside the pre-existing HomeKit, for controlling smart home devices, and HealthKit, for connecting to exercise gadgets and monitoring fitness. But, Mac Rumors reported that these camera specs are not expected to be available in the forthcoming smartphone. The firmware code also reveals that this technology could actually work with third-party apps, just like the TouchID. Codenamed Pearl ID, the feature should replace the usual Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

According to leaked dimensions coming from sources within Apple's supply chain, it appears that the iPhone 8 will be smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, yet larger than the iPhone 7, closely matching Samsung with the Galaxy S8.

Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 is expected to arrive with a 5.8-inch 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display. It's unclear if Apple will charge customers an additional fee for an iPhone charging dock or if the company will include a compatible dock with the device itself. Apple will likely announce the handset in September 2017.

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