At this point, leaks regarding the next iPhone are a pretty common occurrence year after year. Designs and features for each new line of Apple’s prized mobile devices have been leaked through insider reports and third-party cases alike, but this time around it appears as if the company only has itself to blame for the premature unveiling of the latest version of its popular iPhone, the iPhone 8.

Tucked away in the dev kit for Apple’s forthcoming HomePod is code that is said to reveal a handful of features and even a rough image of the unannounced device. Two developers working with early HomePod kits, Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, have stepped forth on Twitter to broadcast their findings to eager Apple fans, almost assuredly agitating the company they received the units from in the process.

As many have been lead to believe through previous reports, it appears as if the iPhone 8 will indeed be removing the Home button.

In lieu of a tactile button on the face of the device, the firmware for the HomePod makes reference to a BiometricKit. Essentially what this means is that the iPhone 8 will feature infrared face-scanning technology, which may tie in with the omission of the face button – provided face scanning will be a new means of unlocking the device. Having said that, it’s important to note that, despite the the apparent removal of a Home button, there is no clearcut indication that ever-useful Touch ID has been removed from this version of the phone.

There’s currently no set reveal date for the much-rumored iPhone 8, but Apple traditionally holds a conference to show off its new line of mobile products in September. Keeping that in mind, it’s unlikely that consumers will be left waiting too long to finally see the new device.

Apple is expect to release the iPhone 8 later this year.

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