iPhone 8 to let users activate Siri using the Sleep/Wake button

Apple iPhone 8 to miss out a home button at the front.

By Abhinaya Prabhu

    Apple's special edition device - the iPhone 8 is expected to feature an almost bezel-less design sans the physical home button at the front.

    iPhone 8 to let users activate Siri using the Sleep/Wake button

    Now, a developer has tipped that the Sleep/Wake button on the iPhone 8 will activate Siri, the digital assistant. In the existing iPhone models, users had to long press the iconic Home button in order to activate Siri. With the tenth-anniversary edition of the device, the home button will be removed and the functionalities of the same will be moved to the lock button, claims Guilherme Rambo, an iOS developer.

    According to a Macrumors report, he claims that pressing the lock button will activate Siri. The other way to activate the digital assistant is the use of the traditional Hey Siri voice command. The comments made by the developer are based on the source code that he discovered tipping at the same. The Brazilian developer has found several details regarding the upcoming Apple devices in the past in the company's beta software. Some of his findings include the references to the 4K Apple TV in tvOS 11, HomePod firmware, and more.

    Back in August, iHelp BR, a Brazilian blog discovered a line of code in the HomePod firmware suggesting that the Sleep/Wake button will change the functions on the OLED iPhone based on the app in use. "lockButtonAppropriateForShutter" is the line of code pointing to the native camera app tipping that there could be dual switches.

    It is official that Apple will host an event on September 12 to launch the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7s Plus. Fresh reports tip that the three new iPhones will be called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Besides these, the company is believed to launch a new Apple TV with HDR and 4K support and Apple Watch with LTE capability. We are yet to see more details regarding the upcoming devices in the coming days.

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