‘iPhone 8’ Design Leaks in HomePod Firmware, Along with “Pearl ID” Face Recognition [PIC]


Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been digging through Apple’s HomePod smart speaker firmware, which he says Apple posted “presumably erroneously”, and has discovered more findings.

This time, he has discovered a bezel-less iPhone 8 image, “extracted from Payment_glyph_phone-D22.caar in PassKitUIFoundation.framework with the code pictured”:

Iphone 8 face homepod 2

Here’s a higher resolution image (via @_inside):

Iphone 8 face homepod

Stroughton-Smith says “it’s 1000% real, folks”, saying “even though iOS has a set of #ifdefs to prevent me poking around, this HomePod [firmware] wasn’t meant to be public, thus included everything.”

He also says HomePod firmware can “confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere,” with the face recognition feature codenamed “Pearl ID”, while the bezel-less iPhone 8 codename is “D22”.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says “The infrared is so the Face Unlock on the iPhone 8 can work in the dark/at night,” and referred to his earlier story on the feature:

So there you have it folks. The front design of the iPhone 8 has all been confirmed, if details within Apple’s HomePod firmware prove true. What do you think?


  • Aleks Oniszczak

    If it’s “bezel-less”, then what’s that dark blue line all around the screen supposed to be?

  • sully54

    It’s an illustration. Relax.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Ok, I guess there is a reason advertisers get away with saying “unlimited data”, “bezeless design” etc. My point was simply that the illustration shows a thin bezel – totally inline with recent rumours. But if a company someday ACTUALLY offers unlimited data or a phone with no bezel, what are they supposed to call it?

  • Shawn B

    I agree, they keep talking about bezel-less, but the new iphone will not be bezel-less. It will have same bezel’s as current iphone except the screen with stretch to top and bottom of phone. Apple is not doing what Samsung did.

  • Shameer Mulji

    Thank God!