Tag Archive for ‘Steven Troughton-Smith’

HomePod Firmware Seemingly Confirms iPhone 8 Design and Support for ‘Face ID’ ➝

Chance Miller, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Last week, Apple released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware, allowing curious developers to unpack the code and learn a few additional details about the smart speaker. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered code that seemingly confirms that the upcoming iPhone will support face unlock…

Smith explains that the code indicates the existence of infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit, which is the framework responsible for Touch ID. The code further suggests that Apple’s face unlock feature will be able to detect partially occluded face and faces from various angles. The codename for the project Pearl ID.

The HomePod firmware also includes an image depicting, what we assume to be, the design of the upcoming iPhone Pro, which was discovered by Guilherme Rambo.

Both of these discovered in a file that an Apple employee uploaded to a publicly available server. Hashtag double down on secrecy.

WWDC Wishlist ➝

Steven Troughton-Smith:

I don’t often do this, but this year I think it’s important; Apple is more open & receptive to feedback today than it ever has been. With iOS 9 and iPad Pro, iOS has made a tremendous leap in the past year on iPad. With that in mind, I wanted to note down all the things in my head that I really want to see the iOS computing platform grow to cover.

What follows is an unordered list of things I’d like to see from Apple over the next few years, starting with the easy & obvious things upfront.

The entire list is great, but my favorites are single app Split Screen, the ability for Apple TV apps to require a gamepad, and Xcode for iOS.


iOS in the Car Shown on Video ➝

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith did some digging in iOS 7.0.3 and found the beginnings of iOS in the Car which isn’t set to ship until later this year.