Apple’s recent misstep leaks a ton of information
Apple is mere weeks away from announcing its new slew of iPhones. That said, the company seemed eager to leak valuable information in its HomePod firmware update that’s been released to the public. With many of the leaks about the hotly anticipated iPhone 8.
What the HomePod has gifted us
Found there was a glyph of the iPhone 8. A string of code mentioning a SmartCam feature. Also, Steve Troughton-Smith found mentions of the iPhone 8 having infrared sensors for facial recognition. In fact, he uncovered indications that the phone would have a screen size of 2436 x 1125 pixels. This supports the rumor that the phone will have an edge-to-edge OLED screen.
“Modern HDR” pic.twitter.com/5f277to6d6
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 9, 2017
There is a feature called “modern HDR” which Guilherme Rambo found, also buried in the HomePod release. The feature seems related to video recording upgrades in the iPhone 8’s camera. According to iphonelife.com, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR works to balance highlights and shadows by combining three exposures into a single photo.
The reference to “modern HDR” in the HomePod firmware could mean HDR video recording. Makes a lot of sense with HDR screens and Apple TV
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 10, 2017
With that said, we aren’t certain how the HDR process would translate to video. However, expectations are for new iPhones to record in 4K at 60 frames per second for both the front and rear cameras. “Modern HDR” may play a role in how the phone is able to pull off that feat.