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Apple firmware release may reveal iPhone plans

Nobody digs into Apple software releases like Steve Troughton-Smith. And this is a big one. Apparently Apple released a firmware download for the HomePod (not due until the end of the year!) on its servers, and inside that firmware there’s information about future iPhone hardware and support for an infrared face unlock feature code-named Pearl ID:

Somewhere, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg nods his head. No, wait, not somewhere—just on Twitter:

In addition, outline icons that appear to show the shape of the new iPhone are present:

And if you’re interested in HomePod skinny, it looks like the HomePod’s screen is an LED matrix that could possibly display simple symbols: