As we get closer and closer to the Apple Event this month we’re getting more and more rumors about the next iPhone. Considering that the iPhone 7 was seen by many as a disappointment and this year marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, it stands to reason to assume that Apple is going to do something big.
The latest rumor comes from iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, who suggests that the device’s Siri activation may be done differently with the new phone. It has been heavily suggested that the next phone will be getting rid of the home button entirely, which would mean that holding the home button in order to activate Siri would be out of the question. Rambo suggests that the functionality may have been moved to the Sleep/Wake button.
This all came to light during an exchange on Twitter, where Rambo wondered if Apple had moved any functionality from the home button to the Sleep/Wake button. When someone asked if he found something in Apple’s code that suggested that, he replied with “I did find a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock (Sleep/Wake) button.” This would make sense seeing as it looks like the home button is gone completely, but we’re going to have to wait for the official word from Apple. We also have to keep in mind that holding the button currently powers down the phone, so they would need to work around that or move that functionality entirely.
Many are reporting that the big change with the iPhone 8 is going to be with facial recognition technology. Instead of holding your finger to the phone in order to unlock it, it will reportedly scan your face instead. The way you set up the process of it being able to recognize your face has not been detailed, but if it works then you’ll literally be able to just hold your phone up to your face to unlock it.
Whether it ends up being true or not, it won’t be much longer until we have the official details from Apple. The Apple event will be taking place on September 12th, where they’re expected to reveal the new iPhone, upgraded versions of the iPhone 7, a new Apple TV and an Apple Watch Series 3. We’ll be sure to bring you the latest as soon as the announcements start rolling in.