iPhone 8 could silence notifications when you’re looking at it

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Sounds won't, well, sound when you're paying attention.
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The iPhone 8 might use its 3D facial recognition sensor to silence notifications when you’re looking at the device.

Developer Guilherme Rambo discovered the possible UI element buried inside code accidentally released as part of Apple’s HomePod firmware. Coders digging into the software discovered numerous other details about upcoming Apple devices.

The power of iPhone 8 facial recognition

The line of code in question refers to something called “TLAttentionAwarenessObserver.” It’s not clear whether this will make it into the finished release. Apple could tie the feature to certain apps. Alternatively, users could switch it on and off in iOS settings.

Apple’s facial recognition tech looks likely to replace Touch ID on the next-gen iPhone. It was first rumored earlier this year, with the suggestion that 3D facial scanning may prove faster, easier and more secure than the fingerprint reader currently used for logins and payments.

Apple is no doubt kicking itself over the recent HomePod code. The software offers several insights into how the iPhone 8 might utilize facial recognition technology.

In addition to today’s report, the new iPhone 8 will also reportedly be capable of unlocking through face recognition even when it’s lying flat on your desk, courtesy of some smart recognition algorithms that can identify the face from various angles.

The code also revealed:

Source: Twitter