Sometimes the best iPhone leaks come from Apple itself.

In an early release of the upcoming HomePod firmware, Apple has left behind a few clues that seem to reveal the existence of the next iPhone’s face detection unlocking feature, as well as the overall form factor of the device.

First confirmed by developer Steve Troughton-Smith who dug into the code is the presence of ‘Pearl ID’ in BiometricKit, a long-rumored infrared (IR) unlocking feature based on facial recognition. IR is necessary to offer facial recognition in dark environments.

At this point, it is not sure whether Pearl ID will be the official name of the feature, or if it will be called a more descriptive name such as Face ID.

Adding to the findings, iOS developer Guilherme Rambo looked into the HomePod firmware as well and found out that the codename for the upcoming iPhone 8 is D22. The mention of an ‘iPhone9,9’ could relate to the upcoming iPhone 7s.

Finally, the HomePod firmware contains a glyph for device D22 as further evidence of the overall form factor of the iPhone 8. The glyph, seen at the top of this post, shows an edge-to-edge iPhone with no apparent Home button, and a notch at the top that will likely include earpiece and various sensors, including IR.

That glyph confirms the various iPhone 8 leaks we have seen over the last few weeks. The glyph is either a confirmation of the various iPhone 8 leaks we have seen over the last few weeks, or represents major trolling from Apple who would have gone to great length for leading iOS developers like Rambo and Troughton-Smith onto fake paths. Strangely enough, the iOS 9.9.11.0.2 for the HomePod is still available for download at the time of writing.

With September approaching, we are sure to see more and more leaks, accidental or not, about the new upcoming devices, including iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and HomePod.

  • Vasu Chawla

    “accidentally”

    • Amac

      My thoughts exactly. The last accidental thing they did was lose a prototype in a bar and that is questionable.

  • Iskren Donev

    It would be hilarious if Apple put the glyph there just to troll the rumor mill.

    • Rowan09

      If they did this, this would be hilarious.

  • Jay

    Even better news. It will have Touch ID and Face detection!! Thanks Apple.

    • George

      Wrong, that’s just talking about older hardware.

      • Jay

        If you understood coding you’d realize it is talking about the same device. ‘Neither touchID nor PearlID is active is the return line for an authentication attempt.

  • Gil

    I do not understand this, why all this information is in a device that has not come out yet, and it is a speaker, what is its connection to the next iPhone in general and face detection in particular

    • burge

      It’s probably built around the same software.

  • Jaleon

    “In an early release of the upcoming HomePod firmware, Apple has left _being_ a few clues that seem to reveal the existence of the”
    Behind* ?

  • Jamessmooth

    I think it’s safe to say at this point, this is it.
    I do hope that top speaker bar is seamless… that it looks like it blends in with the screen.

  • malhal

    Where are the pearl coloured edge mock ups?

  • Chaz Watson

    PearlID_Equalizer and PearlID_Reverb??? Sounds audio related….