5 iPhone 8 secrets spilled by Apple

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1. Apple is set to release 3 iPhones

One block of code. That’s all it took to inject a massive dose of credibility into the biggest rumor around Apple’s Tuesday reveal.

Which rumor, you ask? The rumor where Apple will announce *three* new iPhones instead of two — including a ultra-high-end iPhone with a brand-new tall-and-narrow design, a huge OLED screen that covers almost the entire front of the phone, a face-recognizing infrared camera and a price north of $1,000.  It also sounds like that tweet answers our other question. You know, the one about what those phones might be called.

2. Face ID is coming.

The HomePod leak in August all but confirmed that the iPhone X would have a face-recognizing camera sophisticated enough to detect facial expressions, and let you log in to your phone. Internally, it’s known as Pearl.

But tomorrow, it’ll probably be called Face ID. How do we know? (Press the play button to play the video.

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3. Face ID will let you pay

Last month, developers couldn’t find a single shred of evidence to indicate that you’d use the new face camera to pay for purchases. That would be a little worrying if it’s also true — as rumored — the new iPhone X will ditch the fingerprint sensor entirely. But now, iOS developer Jeffrey Grossman has discovered the evidence we’ve been waiting for: “Unlock iPhone and use Apple Pay with your face instead of a passcode.”

4. There will be Animojis

But Apple’s new Face ID camera isn’t just about security. According to the leak, you’ll be able to create “custom animated messages that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions.”  giphy

 

5. Apple Watch LTE is here!

DJTutVBWsAE6106Two of the most reliable Apple leaksters told us it was coming. Now, a cellular Apple Watch that doesn’t require a nearby phone is all but certain — because iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith found pictures in the code of not only the watch itself, but also a status screen showing a cellular strength gauge. (It doesn’t technically say LTE, you might note.)

Want more?  9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo discovered the Apple Watch will probably share a phone number with your iPhone — so you should be able to take calls on the Watch even if you’re away from home. And three tweets from Brazilian journalist Filipe Esposito suggest the new Apple Watch will support file sharing with AirDrop, let you send your location to trusted family members with Find My Friends, and might sometimes suggest that you turn off cellular data to conserve battery life. (That last one sounds like a bummer.)

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