Aug 9, 2017

Latest iPhone 8 News: All Three Upcoming iPhones Have Entered Volume Production, And More Details From HomePod Firmware

According to DigiTimes, A new supply chain report today described strong July sales for component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain, hinting at an increase in momentum for production on the 2017 iPhones, all three of the new iPhones -- the "iPhone 8," "iPhone 7s," and "iPhone 7s Plus" -- have now entered volume production.

The supply chain sources mentioned that there "will not be shortages" for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, but supply for the iPhone 8 "could fall short of demand." One of the major factors cited for this shortage is related to "high expectations" from users, which is expected to keep suppliers operating production lines in high gear and lead to record-breaking monthly and even quarterly sales volumes.

All of the three new iPhone models, including two TFT LCD and one OLED model, have entered volume production, said the sources, adding that there will not be shortages for the two LCD models, but the supply of the OLED version could fall short of demand due to high expectations for the model.

In addition, Developers are countiunes digging into the recently released HomePod firmware to find out more details on Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8," and the latest information come from developer Guilherme Rambo, the facial recognition feature coming to iPhone 8 appears to support authentication for Apple Pay payments, seems to work with multiple faces, and may be accessible by third-party apps, just like Touch ID.

A line in the code references a payment authentication error with "Pearl," Apple's codename for face recognition in iPhone 8, while a string that reads "numberOfAppsUsingPearl" suggests facial recognition can be accessed by third-party apps, likely as a passcode replacement, facial recognition appears to be a full replacement for Touch ID. Also a strings point to the presence of iPhone 8's camera capable of supporting 240 fps video capture at 1080p.

Last not least, the HomePod firmware suggest the upcoming "iPhone 8" will automatically suppress notification sounds when a user is looking at the screen. According to iOS developer Guilherme Rambo for discovering lines of code beginning "TLAttentionAwarenessObserver" implies that the same infrared depth sensors may be used to mute audible notifications when the user is giving the phone their full attention and looking directly at the screen.

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Via MacRumors And 9to5mac

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