However, according to some reports, such a thing might have just happened.
But more accurately, it was well-known software developer Steve Troughton-Smith who did all the hard work. This could be an indication that Apple might not ditch TouchID entirely, but offers an alternative in the form of face recognition feature. We have no reason to believe that the next iPhone release will be any different. The discovery suggests that the next-generation iPhone will rely, at least partially, on facial recognition to unlock the device.
Even more tantalizing is a graphic of a device resembling the rumored iPhone 8 - referred to as "D22." "I can confirm reports that HomePod's firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone's infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere", the developer noted, posting screenshots he discovered. If it matches, the person would gain access to the device. However, this latest link appears to confirm 3D face-scanning technology.
But there was another hidden feature inside the code: a schematic of what could be the iPhone's design. If this trend continues, the iPhone 8, as well as the iPhone 7s Plus, will likely cost at least $1,100. This smartphone includes the infrared face detection as per leaks. "For them to be the source of the only concrete leaks about it and its design is going to upset a lot of people internally". They also feature the same notch at the top. Apple rarely leaks major details like this on its website or in firmware, as other companies occasionally do.
Apple is expected to launch the new phone in autumn of this year, to mark the tenth-anniversary edition of Apple's smartphones. It's unknown exactly when the device might hit store shelves.