The virtual home button found on the upcoming “iPhone 8” likely resizes automatically, depending on the process. This news comes from developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who continues to post apparent secrets revealed in the recently leaked HomePod fireware.
On Twitter, Troughton-Smith calls the home button a “periphery” area, which expands/minimizes and shows/hides on the iPhone 8’s screen as needed. He also says the area features tab bars that extend under it.
We know some facts re iPhone 8 home button area:— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 10, 2017
• it resizes
• indicator can be hidden
• no API to change color
• tab bars extend under it
On July 31, Troughton-Smith was the first to discover firmware for Apple’s new HomePod speaker, which arrives in stores in December. Since then, developers around the globe have kept digging and found information on upcoming new products, including the iPhone 8, third-generation Apple Watch, and fifth-generation Apple TV.
Beyond news about the iPhone 8 virtual home button, on Wednesday, developer Guilherme Rambo found language in the HomePod firmware that seems to confirm the facial recognition feature on the iPhone 8 will support Apple Pay, third-party apps, and multiple faces.
About Pearl ID:— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 9, 2017
1 - The software definitely supports it for payments
2 - 3rd party apps can use it
3 - You can add multiple faces pic.twitter.com/aUotHwD64f
Apple should announce its newest products early next month during a press event. Until then, expect the rumor mill to continue …