iPhone 8 could scan your face even if your phone is on a table


Apple’s HomePod firmware is the gift that keeps on giving. When the company shared an early build of the speaker firmware, many developers started digging around the strings in a library file to find hints about the next iPhone. And iHelp BR spotted an interesting reference to the facial recognition feature.

A previous leak from the HomePod firmware revealed that the iPhone 8 (or whatever they call it) is going to feature facial recognition to unlock your device. Codenamed Pearl ID, the feature should replace the usual Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

iHelp BR noticed that there’s a reference to a setting or a feature (“resting.pearl.unlock”) that lets you unlock your phone while it is resting on a table, on a desk or on any flat surface. I checked in the HomePod firmware and I…

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