Details of Apple’s much-anticipated new iPhone have been revealed just days before its big unveiling, potentially spoiling the company’s global PR event.
The California-based company’s showcase event – which is to take place on Wednesday (AEST) – may have been spoiled after the leak of an unreleased version of its operating system to the public.
It has been described by tech experts as the biggest leak of its kind to hit Apple, with the iOS 11 reveal confirming the iPhone’s new name and its facial recognition software.
According to the code, Apple will call its new smartphones the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, while the premium OLED model will be called the iPhone X.
They will replace the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 monikers given to the respective models in the months prior.
The leak also references Face ID – its new facial recognition system – which has been previously rumoured as the big replacement for Apple’s longstanding Touch ID fingerprint system.
The new feature will oust the old home button, with Apple moving in favour of an edge-to-edge screen and a denoted line at the bottom of the screen to navigate through the iPhone 8.
Users will be able to slide up on the bar to bring up the home screen, while a longer pull brings up the app switcher – equivalent of double tapping the home button on older versions.
iOS 11 also hints at how the iPhone 8 will interact without a home button, with use of the side button.
It outlines double-clicking the side button will bring up Apple Pay cards for easy payments, while a press and hold will invoke Siri.
It does not explain how the usability of the new side button method or slide bar will work with full-screen applications.
As per leaked information, Apple will also implement facial recognition into its emojis, with the development of “Animojis”, 3D emoji characters that use facial tracking and your voice to create animated messages.
But according to prominent Apple expert John Gruber, the leak was not a mistake but an intentional act of sabotage.
“As best I’ve been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs,” Mr Gruber wrote.
“More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history.”
Other iOS 11 leaked features
- Enhanced photos – DSLR-like shots with the creation of a Portrait Lighting feature to improve depth.
- Higher resolution and smoother video recording options with 4K at 60 fps capabilities.
- Revised AirPods
- Third-generation Apple Watch
- New colourful iPhone wallpapers