With barely a week away from the launch of Apple’s next flagship devices, new leaks have surfaced online about the official names of Apple’s next iPhones as well as tons of features ecpected to ship with the new iOS 11.
Leaks of Apple’s next flagship phone official names leaks online
The top-of-the-range iPhone, which is expected to ditch the home button to make way for more screen real-estate, replacing the fingerprint-powered Touch ID with a facial recognition alternative, has been referred to as ‘D22’ in a leaked iOS 11 firmware build.
But according to a developer who’s being sifting through the firmware the official name will be the iPhone X.
While the other two iPhone models are set to be named the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, according to the leak, meaning Apple is eschewing an iterative iPhone 7s/7s Plus release — underlining how the company wants this release to be interpreted; i.e. not at all iterative.
…and we now have the name of all three new iPhones. Are you ready for this?
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 9, 2017
iPhone 8 Plus
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— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 9, 2017
Not just names…
Also leaked were some mouth-watering features Apple will be packaging with iOS 11 when it is finally released during the Apple launch event;
iOS 11 will be coming with a new animated, 3D emoji characters for iMessage which it says are called Animoji (these are referred to as Jellyfish in iOS 11 release).
It says the Animoji will use facial tracking and the user’s voice to create expressive animated messages. So augmented emoji messaging here we come.
A new wallpaper
A new wallpaper, according to 9to5mac is also on the way which is described as retrotastic-looking still wallpapers;
A camera-related feature apparently coming to the new premium priced iPhone model is a Portrait Lighting mode for creating “dSLR-like shots”, as 9to5Mac terms it, using depth by simulating different lighting effects.
There’s support for Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light evident in the leaked build, and suggests the mode enhancement could be related to the flash when shooting.
It’s also found new video recording resolutions and capture speeds:
1080p HD at 240 fps480 MB with 1080p HD at 240 fps
4K at 24 fps(Footer) 270 MB with 4K at 24 fps (film style)(HEVC Footer) 135 MB with 4K at 24 fps (film style)
4K at 60 fps(Footer) 450 MB with 4K at 60 fps (higher resolution, smoother)(HEVC Footer) 400 MB with 4K at 60 fps (higher resolution, smoother)
The iPhone 8 is expected to see Apple switch from LCD displays to OLED and this is confirmed in the leak with evidence the OLED iPhone will feature a True Tone Display for white balancing like the iPad Pro lineup. While it reckons the new resolution will be 1125×2436 based on this firmware.
SOS Mode, More functions added to power button and more
The firmware also includes further references to the new iPhone screen design with the distinctive top notch, via the release of firmware for Apple’s forthcoming HomePod Siri speaker.
One of these new reference images apparently shows an SOS mode that can be triggered by pressing what looks like the power and upper volume keys on either side of the iPhone at the same time.
It says there’s also a clue that the power button will play a larger role for interacting with iOS now that Apple is ditching the home button on the OLED iPhone — per earlier rumors.
So, for example, double-clicking the side button (as this key is now apparently being called) will show Apple Pay cards and passes, as is the case on the Apple Watch. 9to5Mac says you can also press and hold it to invoke Siri. Which does make me wonder whether you’ll have to talk to Siri every time you want to turn your top-of-the-range iPhone off.
The side button method is also apparently tied to new Accessibility settings for adjusting the speed of the double and triple click, enabling Type to Siri, and even using Face ID (more on the latter below).
Instead of a home button at the base of the screen, the new premium iPhone 8 is also rumored to be getting a dynamic area/status bar at the bottom of its near bezel-less display.
And this firmware leak appears to confirm the change — with this region being denoted by a line at the bottom of apps:
The earlier HomePod speaker firmware leak also confirmed rumors that Cupertino is bringing a facial recognition feature for unlocking the device to the iPhone 8.
Now, 9to5Mac has found a video tutorial for setting up the face unlock feature, which appears to show that users will be guided through capturing their visage — starting with a full frontal and then tilting to the sides, up around and down…
It reckons the face unlock feature, which is codenamed Pearl ID in the leaked firmware, will be officially called Face ID in Apple’s marketing.
LTE Apple Watch, AirPod tweaks
Last but not least: As well as iPhone tidbids, 9to5Mac says the iOS 11 GM has leaked what looks to be an image of the new LTE Apple Watch Series 3, which sports a red spot on the digital crown — presumably to help it stand out from existing, non-cellular Apple Watch models.
For further proof, it’s also found a watchOS screenshot of Control Center with a cellular signal indicator (as well as the ‘notch’ OLED iPhone icon).
Other references suggest the watch will share the same phone number as the connected iPhone. So as the event date draws near, get ready for all these and more!