With the recent HomePod firmware leak, seemingly confirms iPhone 8 front design as well as the code clarifies about face ID accordingly.
The iPhone 8 is likely to be announced in September 2017, it’s literally amazing what you can learn in such a short space of time about a new device. For sure we’ve been privy to a lot of information over recent weeks about Apple’s speculated plans to remove Touch ID from the new iPhone and replace it with facial recognition.
Currently, we now have no concrete confirmation on that regardingly, but investigations into the HomePod firmware not only suggests facial detection is coming, but that it will also be used as a replacement for Touch ID for confirming an authenticating Apple Pay payments as well.
And “pearl.pre-arm” is which is believed to be rumored Face ID on iPhone 8. Apple plans to utilize the facial recognition technology for its Apple Pay. Now though, additional information found in the code confirms Apple has a mechanism for authenticating Touch ID payments with a face scan instead of through a fingerprint. With that in mind, we can safely assume that any references to Pearl in the code are making explicit references to facial recognition and more specifically, point us in the correct direction of how it will work and what it’s capable of.
A com.apple.passbook.payment string found in the HomePod firmware by iOS developer @r_idn features two references to “pearl.field-detect” and “pearl.pre-arm” among other payment verification data, which he believes are entirely relevant to how Apple intends to handle payments on iPhone 8. The strings when used in conjunction with the passbook reference suggests that Apple is planning on using Pearl ID, or facial recognition, as a replacement in order to validate and authenticate any Apple Pay payments for products and services.
We have far more learned from earlier leaks, “pearl” refers to “Pearl ID”, the codename for Apple’s facial recognition system. Apple’s current implementation appears to be incomplete, as pearl is only mentioned under presentation and not authentication.
Where payments are concerned, security is paramount, which means that Apple needs a system that’s at least as equally as secure as using a fingerprint. While many are skeptical that Touch ID can be replaced by a facial recognition system that more secured enough, where rumors also suggested Apple’s facial recognition technique captures more data points than a fingerprint scan, making it more secure than Touch ID.
But nevertheless, it’s been said that facial recognition actually captures and analyzes more individual points than Touch ID, which in essence means it’s potentially more secure than the current solution. It’s not clear how Apple Pay will work without a Home button and without a fingerprint, but it will presumably be able to authenticate by simply scanning a user’s face, with a payment completed via a finger on the screen as is the case in current iPhones.
Previous HomePod firmware leaks related to the iPhone 8 have suggested Apple has not implemented an under-display Touch ID solution as was initially rumored for the device, and it’s looking more and more like there’s no other physical Touch ID solution built into the upcoming smartphone.
Aside from that, it’s likely that the HomePod firmware will continue to be dissected in the coming weeks, so prepare for more leaks and information being thrust into the public domain. Lately, we’ve unearthed a lot of new info thanks to the HomePod firmware, including details confirming infrared facial tracking, the design of the iPhone 8, a split status bar and tap to wake, and an upcoming “SmartCamera” feature.
(Source: @r_idn [Twitter])
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