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Apple Suffered A Massive Leak Before Launch And It Is Packed With Juicy Features
By Izza Sofia, 11 Sep 2017
Apple has suffered a major leak just ahead of its big launch.
Reports claim a “disgruntled employee” may be behind it but whatever the source, the final version (aka ‘Gold Master’) of iOS 11 has been leaked and it contains a treasure trove of information, including a potential late name change and new Apple Watch.
Numerous leaks have shown off the iPhone 8 design but iOS 11 GM contains multiple icons and graphics illustrating the almost bezel-less new display and ‘notch’ at the top which holds the front facing camera and new 3D sensors. iOS 11 GM code also shows the iPhone 8 will upgrade to the iPad Pro’s True Tone Display for professional grade colour accuracy.
Every leaked prototype device has shown off a new ‘all screen’ look and the code leak confirms that at least one new device with have an edge-to-edge HD screen. It will also boast a longer 18.5:9 aspect ratio (similar to Samsung phones)—and a native resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels.
The power button will be enlarged on the iPhone 8 and in addition to its existing power/wake/lock functionality 9to5Mac found double presses activate Apple Pay cards while holding it down starts Siri. The latter will be a useful shortcut with the home button being removed.
Previous iOS 11 betas suggested a new user interface which the iOS 11 GM confirms. On the iPhone 8 a virtual bar will sit at the bottom of the screen replacing the home button and it can be swiped up to close apps and return to the home screen.
It has been rumoured for months, but the leak confirms that iPhones will support wireless charging. It will use the Qi wireless charging standard but Apple’s phones will only work with special Apple chargers.
With Touch ID ditched, developer Jeffrey Grossman has discovered strings of code in iOS 11 GM stating that Apple’s ‘Face ID’ facial recognition replacement can be used to authenticate payments instead when used in combination with a double click of the power button. The leak also confirms that, regardless of which colour you buy, the front of the iPhone 8 will be black. Apple wants to hide the iPhone 8’s top bezel notch when its display is off.
Apple will drop its phones soon, so stay tuned.
[via Mashable, opening image via YouTube]
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