Apple’s much-awaited flagship smartphone is expected to be unveiled next month. New iPhone 8 leaks, rumors, render, and concept designs have been surfacing online almost every week. The upcoming smartphone is also affecting the sales of the previous iPhone models. Some potential iPhone buyers seem to be waiting for the iPhone 8 to arrive in September.

HomePod firmware leaked details

Leaks of the Apple’s HomePod firmware revealed a lot of information regarding the company’s upcoming devices, which includes the iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3, and Apple Tv.

According to a report from Forbes, Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium event. Tech analysts are expecting that the company will also adhere to the Qi charging protocol.

The Qi charging protocol is an open interface standard made by Wireless Power Consortium for wireless charging for up to 4 cm (1.6 inches). Apple is expected to follow the standards and bring the inductive wireless charging technology to the iPhone 8. The device will run on the latest iOS 11. It will also feature a giant edge-to-edge screen display which will cover almost the entire front of the phone.

One of the huge changes on the iPhone 8 is its physical home button. Apple will remove the iconic button and replace it with a virtual button called “Home Indicator.” All the functions of the previous button will still be available, but there is still no confirmation if the button will be integrated with a fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone 8 will feature a vertical dual-lens camera. The device will also have a new biometric security feature called 3D recognition sensors. The 3D sensors can generate a “FaceID” by scanning the user’s face. The FaceID can be used to unlock the device or to verify payments through Apple Pay. The company is expected to unveil two other smartphones next month, namely the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

The two smartphones are just minor updates of the previous iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple Watch 3 impressive specs

On the other hand, the company might also unveil the next generation of Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 8. According to an article from Stuff, the Apple Watch 3 will run with the new WatchOS 4. The wearable device might also sport a built-in LTE modem, which makes the device capable of connecting to 4G LTE networks.

With the built-in LTE modem, the Apple Watch 3 is going to be a standalone device. It means that the Apple Watch 3 will be able to answer calls and receive message notifications without pairing to an iPhone. This new feature is also expected to boost the sales of the device.