Over the weekend, the “iPhone 8” rumor mill continued unabated. A copper gold version for Apple’s next flagship device now looks a possibility, plus a new trick has been discovered for the device’s long-rumored facial recognition capabilities.
Not gold, copper gold
In a Weibo post (via via MyDrivers) now deleted, Foxconn executive Luo Zhongsheng said over the weekend OLED yield rates stand at around 60 percent on the 5.8-inch device, meaning that 40 percent of the product is left on the floor.
The iPhone 8 is likely to feature a bezel-less display on three sides. At the top center, however, could be a non-uniform cutout for the camera, earpiece, and infrared sensors. It’s that notch/forehead that’s providing to be a major problem in production.
The low yield rates means the new handset won’t be “cheap,” according to Zhongsheng.
The executive’s post shows images purportedly show iPhone 8 units in black, white, and, for the first time, copper gold. Very nice, no?
Elsewhere, iHelp BR has found code strings in Apple’s HomePod firmware that suggests the next iPhone’s long-rumored facial recognition feature will work even when the handset is resting on a flat service.
As you can see below, the strings include the terms “AXRestingPearlUnlock” and”com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock.”
Pearl is the internal name for Apple’s new facial recognition system.
On July 31, developer Steven Troughton-Smith found code in Apple’s HomePod firmware showing the iPhone 8 could feature some type of infrared face unlock capability. This latest rumor adds to this commentary.
The so-called iPhone 8 could be announced as early as next month.
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