Willlet you turn yourself into an animated monkey when messaging friends? Let's just say you wouldn't exactly be bananas if you said yes.
That's one of several new software and hardware features being dissected on social media following 9to5Mac and iOS developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo. Rambo and Troughton-Smith are the same coders who extracted previously unannounced details from a similarly premature firmware update for the new HomePod smart speaker in late July., the mobile operating system that'll run the iPhone. News of the leak, along with images, comes courtesy of
If this new leak is the real deal, it pre-empts a significant number of the surprises we'd otherwise get during Tuesday's big unveiling of new iPhones. The new high-end, possibly $1,000 iteration of Apple's world famous gadget will feature, among other things, animated versions of emoji characters for iMessage, along with Face ID -- what seems to be the official name for the tech that'll let you unlock your phone with a simple face scan. The gadget will also apparently be called the iPhone X (presumably to mark the device's 10th anniversary).
Here's a summary of what this alleged iOS 11 firmware suggests will be shown off when Tuesday rolls around:
As mentioned, this seems to be the official moniker for technology that'll let you unlock the iPhone just by letting it scan your face. A leaked setup animation suggests you'll have to present Face ID with more than one angle of your kisser to get it to unlock the phone. That dovetails with the rumors that the home button -- and Touch ID -- will be.
An animation shows what appears to be a minor revision to. The tweak seems to involve moving the charging indicator light to the outside of the charging case, so you don't have to open the thing to see if your AirPods have power.
Think emojis that are possessed not by the devil, but by you. They'll reportedly tap the new iPhone's face-scanning technology to let you create what Apple calls "custom animated messages that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions." It seems the animoji menagerie will count among its members a monkey, a cat, a dog, a fox, a panda, a unicorn, a robot and, of course, a pile of poop (so your friends can say, "Gee, you look really crappy today").
Apple didn't respond to a request for comment on the alleged iOS 11 leak.
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