Friday 23 February 2018

Irish software developer discovers leak of new 'iPhone X'

Apple CEO Tim Cook at an event to announce new products last year in San Francisco. Photo: AP
Apple CEO Tim Cook at an event to announce new products last year in San Francisco. Photo: AP
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A new high-end iPhone may be called the iPhone X, according to firmware leaks discovered by an Irish software developer.

The firmware - software that is used in a piece of hardware - indicates that Apple will launch three new iPhone models at a long-awaited event tomorrow: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

At least one of the new phones will have a 'bezelless' screen, where the display stretches from edge to edge of the device. This allows Apple to increase the size of the screen without increasing the size of the handset.

Unearthed by Irish software developer Steven Troughton Smith, the firmware leaks also indicate that Apple is phasing out its traditional 'home' button on the iPhone.

The company may replace some of the functions served by the home button by using the power button on the side of the device.

Additionally, the new iPhone is said to have new gesture controls at the bottom of the handset.

Apple is believed to be launching new animated emojis, as well as face identification technology that could compliment or replace its current Touch ID.

Apple is also said to be adding some new 3D-sensing functionality to its cameras, which could help kickstart 'augmented reality' features and apps.

Companies like Ikea are already redesigning their apps to take advantage of this.

The new iPhone should allow you to virtually place any furniture you are thinking of buying into one of your rooms to see what it would look like.

Maps are another beneficiary with the device possibly able to show you where to turn on the street, as opposed to looking at a drawn map of the street.

Irish Independent

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