After uncovering a host of new iPhone 8 details in a HomePod firmware release, iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been revealing even more on Monday night.

In a series of tweets, Troughton-Smith share tidbits about the iPhone 8 Status Bar, a new Tap to Wake feature, the virtual Home button, Touch ID, and the keyboard.

The Status Bar

Regarding the Status Bar, the developer notes that “UIStatusBar has been redone with a new visual provider system,” with a new “split” option making its first appearance, likely to accommodate the notch that houses the various sensors and earpiece at the top of the iPhone 8 screen. Based on his findings, Troughton-Smith says “the new status bar seems a lot more complex and powerful in design, maybe even interactive.”

Tap to Wake

While digging into the HomePod firmware, the prolific iOS developer found out that the iPhone 8 seems to support some sort of Tap to Wake feature. With the physical Home button rumored to completely disappear, Tap to Wake could be an alternate way of waking the phone to look at pending notifications when the device is laying on a table for example.

Home indicator

According to strings of code found in the HomePod firmware, Troughton-Smith seems to believe the Home button could be referred to as the Home indicator, a name that makes sense assuming the physical button will indeed go away and be replaced by a visual indicator. Furthermore, it seems that the Home indicator can be hidden, depending on context.

Dock UI for keyboard

Additional details uncovered by the developer seem to indicate the keyboard of the iPhone 8 has a new dock UI. Troughton-Smith thinks this dock could be used to house buttons such as the globe or mic icons into this area. I’m thinking it might have more to do with a TouchBar-like feature that could display an emoji picker, for example.

No Touch ID under the display?

Finally, Troughton-Smith says he has seen no indication Touch ID could have successfully been moved under the display. There is of course no guarantee of this being one way or the other, and recent rumors have been somewhat contradicting about this as well.

All these details revealed by the developer help us paint a better picture of not only what the iPhone 8 might look like, but also what software features it could sport. One thing’s for sure, people at Apple are probably watching very closely what Troughton-Smith has been finding out and sharing with everybody on Twitter. It makes you wonder whether this was an intentional move by Apple…

  • PegasosII

    Tap to Wake is necessary for HomePod ..see the Keynote
    iPhone have Rise to Wake and it’s just good

  • Jay

    I wonder if the “Visual provider” will be something like the zeppelin tweak.. sounds cool but I hope not to have the carriers actual logo.. at least not if I can’t change or choose what it displays..

  • T_Will

    There are a lot of times (when my iPhone is sitting on my desk) where tap-to-wake would be very convenient. I’d be happy if Apple added this.

    Also, I really hope Apple has figured out a way to make this Face ID work quick enough, where by the time the screen turns on, it has already authenticated and knows who you are. This could end up being even quicker than Touch ID 2.0 (without even having to put your finger on the Home button)!

  • Charlie

    This is probably the most powerful leak that Apple had experienced. The iPhone 4 leak was just the hardware and they were able to remotely lock the unit.

    This time round not only the screen resolution revealed but other things like Pearl ID names were also included. I wonder what surprises we are going to get at the announcement

  • Vinnie Bones

    What about a dynamic (breathing) notification just like the Moto X? That’d be cool

  • mynamesuxlol

    Press to wake essentially lol instead of a home button press you just press the display and it senses the pressure to wake the device