TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The new iPhone may come with ‘smartcam’ scene selection feature according to code discovered by Guilherme Rambo from the leaked HomePod software.
The code suggests SmartCam may be used by the new camera app to intelligently capture the best photos when shooting specific scenes like sunrises and fireworks. Additional code references authenticating Apple Pay with what is believed to be facial recognition.
The SmartCam code references various scenes including Baby, Bright Stage, Document, Fireworks, Foliage and more. Presumably, the iPhone camera software would look for objects that appear in these scenes to automatically select the best capture settings for each shot.
Apple already uses object recognition in Photos for Search and Memories, and future iPhones are expected to have a dedicated ‘Neural Engine Processor’ to optimize machine learning tasks like these.
Even though it's highly possible this type of automatic processing already takes place in the existing iPhone models without any user facing interface, the expectation here is that this may be a specific enhancement in the upcoming iPhone model.
Other code discoveries also report that Apple could rely on facial recognition for authenticating Apple Pay in place of Touch ID in iPhone 8.
Finally, there are reports suggesting that iPhone 8 will have inductive charging or wireless charging and a 6.5-inch retina display.