iPhone 8 Screen Rumours
Apple’s newest iPhones are currently readying themselves to make the leap into augmented reality with the launch of iOS 11 and the ARKit platform. This being Apple, no one can help but wonder what the company has in store for the next iteration of its iconic smart phone. An as yet to be confirmed but reliably sourced recent leak may have just revealed what’s on the way.
Perhaps you heard about last week’s apparently accidental leak of an internal software update for the HomePod, an upcoming speaker device. This update was intended for Apple employees only, but its accidental public release has seen people pick apart the finer details of the firmware even uncovering a reference to ‘D22’, which is thought to be the codename for the next iPhone. Along with this there was even a reveal of the icon above, which to many suggests an all-screen phone and the final but long expected removal of the home button. Beyond that though, and there’s some interesting possibilities for AR too.
What interests many is that there’s reference to a depth-sensing camera on the front of the device, as spotted by UK news agency, The Guardian. Basically, the camera you use for selfies might soon have some AR capabilities of its own. It may be that the phone uses this new feature for the often discussed facial ID scanning to unlock phones which could replace the fingerprint sensor. It might also be used for AR overlays for Snapchat like-apps that could perhaps bring ARKit’s positional information into the mix too.
The combo of AR for both front and rear-facing cameras would provide the next iPhone with a completely seamless AR experience. We love the idea of Pokemon Go selfies with Pikachu sitting on our shoulders.
This is all, of course, just rumor but the sources are reliable. We’re still expecting the new iPhone to be revealed during an Apple event in September. Even if the new phone isn’t a big leap forward for AR, the arrival of iOS 11 is expected to be something pretty big.