As we move closer to the official launch of Apple’s next iPhone, more reports have started flowing in about the anniversary-edition smartphone. It is widely rumored that the ‘iPhone 8‘ or ‘iPhone Edition‘ will not feature a physical button or home button up front, which means in order to invoke Siri, you will have to use the voice commands. However, for those uncomfortable talking to a phone, Apple might be working on making the sleep/wake or lock button on the top of the smartphone double up as a Siri launcher.
An iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, has discovered a source code that points to the possibility of having the feature crammed into the only other physical button on the all-screen iPhone 8. Rambo posted a tweet revealing the feature hidden in the code.
This falls in line with rumors about Apple moving to a new design for its next smartphone, including a glass sandwich design and 3D facial recognition technology. It is speculated that Apple will include a new ‘software bar‘ at the bottom of the screen along with an app dock, which will be similar to how it is on the iPad with iOS 11. Given that there will be no home button on the front, it makes sense for Apple to insert functionalities through software or by making the limited number of physical buttons support more gestures. ALSO READ: Apple patent reveals ‘superior’ audio system for FaceTime and HomePod
According to MacRumors, the said feature of invoking Siri through holding the lock button will need to be different from the existing one, which shows up the slide to power off menu upon long press. There is also a possibility that the power button on the iPhone 8 houses two separate contact switches to differentiate between the inputs. Meanwhile, a line of code in the HomePod firmware suggests the lock button could change functions on the iPhone depending on the app in use. For example, the line of code “lockButtonAppropriateForShutter” could refer to a shortcut for the camera.
Apple is holding an event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater at its new ‘spaceship’ campus. Other than the anticipated iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, Apple is expected to also announce the next iteration of Apple Watch, Apple TV, and updates to the tvOS and macOS. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream