Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It is confirmed that the status bar of the iPhone 8 is split, it may not have Touch ID under the screen


After the slide that Apple had yesterday to publish a version of the HomePod firmware that should not have made available to developers and also contained a good number of details of the new iPhone that the company is preparing, we continue to find more details of what Waiting for us when the iPhone 8, or iPhone Pro arrives.
As we know, this iPhone will have a front completely occupied by the screen, and at the top, will have a zone for sensors, headset and front camera. On both sides of this area we can see how there is a space in each corner, that we have long wondered what could be used. Developer Steven Troughton Smith has continued to investigate the HomePod firmware, finding more details that he is gradually posting to his TWitter account.

A split status bar

In this new version of IOS we can also find references to bar divided status , thanks to research that also make other developers like Jeffrey Grossman , who are answering Steve with what they find.
Split status bar
The status bar is where the time, coverage, battery charge, or status status icons such as rotation lock or location utilization indicator are displayed. If on the iPhone 8 we have that incoming with the front camera and the headset, the status bar could be divided in two. As we see above, in iOS there are now references precisely to a split status bar and different ways to visualize it, something that until now was not necessary and that comes to confirm once again the design that will have this new iPhone. It will be, now we know without a doubt, the first really radical design change of the iPhone since the first machine was launched on the market ten years ago .

Without Touch ID, an idea that seems increasingly likely

In addition to the split status bar, Steven Troughton Smith has not found any reference to Touch ID below the screen, as described in this Apple patent and has long been rumored as the biometric identification method of this new model IPhone. Probably, this lack of references to a fingerprint sensor could confirm the rumor that said that this year would not exist that sensor in the new iPhone because all the identification of the user would consist of the facial recognition, something for which it seems that yes Is preparing Apple, developing a system they call Pearl ID . That does not mean that there is never a fingerprint sensor under the screen, But it seems that this year 2017 will not be the one chosen to launch that functionality on an iPhone. If all is done as indicated by this version of iOS tests designed for the HomePod, the iPhone 8 would not have fingerprint sensor . It's less than two months to know if all this is true, and Apple decides to turn the page and rely on a new facial recognition system for the next iPhone model.

New Home Home Button: Home indicator

Finally, it seems that there could be a virtual home button that in this version of iOS 11 is called Home indicator .
Looks like ARKit and Photos are getting a bunch of new things to go with the front-facing depth camera, like ARFaceAnchor
The virtual home button seems to just be called the 'home indicator' — looks like the OS has no qualms about hiding it in certain contexts
Years ago iOS can display a virtual Home button on the screen, and was in fact used in the days when it was usual for the Home button to stop working with normal use for several years. In iOS 11 and this new iPhone, this could be the only way to see a Home button as such on the screen, which appears or disappears depending on whether we need it or not. For example, it would not appear in a game or when viewing a full screen video, but we still have to see how Apple solves this part of the interface now that we do not have a Home button as such under the screen.

Double touch screen to quickly check information


Finally, there seems to be a kind of double-tapping on the screen to turn the iPhone quickly on the lock screen, perhaps doing the same function as the Home button now does when pressed to view the time or the latest notifications that have arrived , for example.
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