by Eben Griger

Plans for the future of Apple iPhones got released a bit ahead of schedule and were probably a bit more in-depth than the tech-giant would have wanted. Certain blogs found code for the new Apple operating system, “iOS 11,” digging into the OS’s files and doing some serious detective work to figure out what consumers should be expecting in Apple’s reveal this week.

Here’s what we know: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are coming. Both support a faster processor, wireless charging, and a glass-backed body rather than a metal one. The 8 Plus sports a processor a bit faster than its little brother, 3 gigabytes of RAM as opposed to the 8’s 2 gb.

The biggest reveal takes a page from Microsoft’s playbook, calling itself the iPhone X (still waiting on the Zune X announcement, any day now). Like the 8 Plus, the X has 3gb of RAM, edge-to-edge OLED display and facial recognition software. The X is also reported to have a six-core processor, four high-performance cores, and two low-power cores. For reference, the 7 and 7 Plus had four cores, two high-performance and two low-power.

The icing on this powerful cake is the new “Animoji” feature. Using the facial recognition, you will be able to create “custom animated messages that use your voice and facial expressions” according to one of the blogs.

This level of information doesn’t bode well for Apple or its employees. CEO Tim Cook promised secrecy to be a priority back in 2012 when he took the position. Apple went so far as to hire former NSA employees to help stop and catch leakers. As for the employees, those who found the OS code were tipped off by a source within Apple, the BBC confirmed. The OS had previously been hidden behind “long, unguessable URLs on Apple’s servers.”

Sources: ars Technica, BBC
Image: Creative Commons


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