HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 May Record 4K Video at 60 FPS With Both Front and Rear Cameras

We've learned a lot about the upcoming iPhone 8 thanks to HomePod firmware that Apple accidentally released to the public, and the latest detail highlights what we can expect from the front and rear cameras in the device.

Uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp BR, code within the firmware seems to hint at front and rear cameras capable of recording video in 4K at 60 frames per second.

Currently, the rear camera in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is able to capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, while the front-facing camera is limited to 1080p recording. Though these specifications are mentioned, it's not yet entirely clear if this is functionality that we can expect to see in the iPhone 8, but the improved frame rate could be useful for the augmented reality applications coming in iOS 11.

From leaks earlier this week, we've also learned that the front and rear facing cameras may also gain "SmartCamera" features able to detect different types of scenes, photo conditions, and photography subjects.

The HomePod firmware has provided a wealth of information about the iPhone, and in addition to these camera changes, it's also confirmed infrared facial recognition, the general shape of the iPhone 8, and features like a split sensor bar and tap to wake.

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32 months ago
Engineer: New HomePod firmware is ready. Should we release it?
Tim Cook: Are you sure you didn't miss any iPhone 8 feature to include in the firmware?
Engineer: Do not worry, all iPhone 8 feature information is included.
Tim Cook: Release it.
Engineer: Ok.
Rating: 51 Votes
32 months ago
The first person to jailbreak the HomePod better put a magic 8 ball app on it.

"HomePod, will I live a long and happy life?"

"Uh, great."

Rating: 44 Votes
32 months ago
This might be a side effect of the facial recognition system requiring high resolution front facing cameras.
Rating: 22 Votes
32 months ago
Next headline to appear on MacRumors:
"HomePod firmware contains name of winning team in next year's SuperBowl".
Rating: 21 Votes
32 months ago
It surprises me, that nearly 1 month before the Keynote there are absolutly no detailed rumors about the 7S!
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
Leakypod strikes again
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
I wouldn't be getting my hopes up for 4K 60 FPS for the FaceTime camera. Remember 2 years ago we saw in iOS 9 code that the front camera would have slo mo @ 120 & 240 FPS and panoramic mode.

Rating: 17 Votes
32 months ago

Really impressive, definitely an attractive selling point.
I’m surprised by the FaceTime camera, especially with size limitations. I hope we see it in Macs.

What? You mean you don't like the camera in the 2016 MacBook which has the same resolution as my 2007 MacBook?
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
so record 4k@60hz and you can see your content with the new appleTV 4k
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
As if the iPhone 7 camera wasn't good enough. And iPhone camera just keeps getting better and better. This is going to be one big iPhone release.
Rating: 15 Votes

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