After Apple decided to do away with the physical Home button in its upcoming iPhone 8, a developer has suggested that the Sleep or Wake button in the soon-to-be-released device may help users to activate Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant Siri.
In its all its iPhone devices released till now, users were able to activate Siri by long pressing Home button. The disclosure was made by website Macrumours, which claimed to have spoken to developer Guilherme Rambo.
Rambo has also said that users may activate Siri by using the voice command “Hey Siri” as well. Rambo`s comments are based on a discovery that he has made in source code that points to the possibility.
In his tweet, he said, “I did find a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button.”
I did find a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button.
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) September 2, 2017
It is not clear what type of code Rambo referred to in his tweet, but the Brazilian developer has previously unearthed details of upcoming Apple products in the company’s beta software, including references to a 4K Apple TV in tvOS 11 as well as references in early HomePod firmware to some features widely expected in the company’s upcoming OLED iPhone.
In iPhone 7 and 7 Plus series, Apple had done away with the separate point for earphone and users are now expected to use the power point used to charge the device for using headphones.
Last month Brazilian blog iHelp BR discovered a line of code in the HomePod firmware that suggested the Sleep/Wake button could in fact change functions on the OLED iPhone depending on the app currently in use.
The line of code “lockButtonAppropriateForShutter” likely relates to the native camera app and may indicate the presence of dual switches, the report in Macrumors added.
Apple will to launch its next flagship device iPhone 8 on September 12.
The company is expected to release three new devices — iPhone 8 along with the updated versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — that will be called iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.
Following several leaks about Apple`s controversial yet virtually bezel-less redesign, a detailed iPhone 8 dummy model confirmed that the devices would have an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.