Apple has never been a company to look into the past, always moving forward. However, once before, they celebrated how far they came with a brand new product that encapsulates all the greatness of their past products while simultaneously forging forward. The 20th anniversary Macintosh, released in 1997, came out just a few years before Apple released Mac OS X, a dramatic leap forward in the desktop operating system. It’s a rare moment of nostalgia for Apple before they forge ahead with new technologies. Plus, customers love these creative devices. Something else Apple rarely does? Leak their own products. 2017 seems to be a unique hear for them, because this year, they’re both looking back, and leaking their own products.
For the second time, Apple accidentally released firmware that reveals their upcoming products. Now we know for sure that the next iPhones will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and a new premium model, the iPhone X. Apple also revealed a new Apple Watch, presumably the LTE Apple Watch, as well as a secret feature of the iPhone X: emoji that track (and react to) your face!
I know what you’re thinking, “What about those emoji?” What else are phones for, if not for spitting out colorful emoji? Well, to answer that question, here’s Apple’s new, reactive, 3D emoji:
— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) September 9, 2017
Using the advanced 3D face tracking in the iPhone X, Apple will be able to create emoji that actually show what your face is doing. Ever have a hard time coming up with the precise message? With Apple’s new Animoji, you can show your friends exactly how you’re feeling. And fret not, there will be more options than monkeys, robots, cats, and dogs… the poop emoji will also be available. Huzzah! 💩
Above, you can see the LTE Apple Watch. How do we know it’s an LTE Apple Watch? Well, first of all, we can tell it’s different thanks to the red digital crown on the side of the watch. But that’s not the big give away. Need a bigger hint? Let’s zoom in on that unfamiliar watch face for a moment.
Those are cellular service indicator dots, like those found on your iPhone to display the signal strength. On top of that, it appears to have complications for making calls or displaying directions, which would involve downloading maps. These are features the current Apple Watch lacks. Apple will be showing off this new Apple Watch on the 12th, alongside their new iPhones.
Within Apple’s accidentally leaked firmware, we can find references to the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Presumably, this means the larger iPhone will be called the iPhone 8 Plus, although, it would be interesting if Apple didn’t release their larger iPhone size, specifically because they have the iPhone X now.
9to5Mac also uncovered some new powers for the iPhone X’s camera. It’ll be able to shoot super slow motion 240fps in 1080p HD. On top of that, it’ll also have new lighting modes for portrait mode, which will likely use a combination of flash settings from Apple’s quad flash array and software, allowing photographers to choose between 5 different lighting modes, “Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light.”
Can't stop watching this Face ID setup animation from the leaked iOS 11 GM build. So cute! pic.twitter.com/SMvjFo7Was
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) September 9, 2017
We also received further proof that Apple would be replacing the Touch ID sensor with a facial recognition system, even though such a system will likely be less secure, as anyone can easily gain access to your face. The above animation is part of the setup process for Face ID, which will clearly use a 3D scan of your face to unlock your device. The animation is kind of cute, and actually looks like a round, 3D version of the Finder icon from macOS.
Curious about where Apple’s going to put the home button? You might not have to, thanks to these app leaks. It appears as though a small bar will appear on the bottom of the screen. This may either call attention to multitasking features, like it does on the iPad, or it could serve as a multipurpose function area, where multitasking can be triggered or the home button functionality emulated with a more firm press. The power button will likely be changed to be more like the current home button, allowing users to assign accessibility shortcuts to the side button, rather than the home button.
Apple has just about shown us what the iPhone X, LTE Apple Watch, and iOS 11 will look like on the iPhone X. They’ve also revealed new Animoji and facial recognition features. At this point, I’m beginning to wonder if they’re going to save any surprises at all for September 12th. We’ll have to wait and see, but as of now, we expect the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, LTE Apple Watch, and 4K Apple TV to make their debuts.
- Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac: “iOS 11 GM leak seemingly leaks LTE Apple Watch with new face and Digital Crown [Video].”
- Tom McKay, Gizmodo: “Apple Just Leaked iOS 11 and Looks Like We’re Getting an ‘iPhone X’.”
- Zac Hall, 9to5Mac: “iOS 11 GM leak confirms D22 ‘iPhone 8’ features: Portrait Lighting, True Tone Display, revised AirPods, much more.”