Apple iPhone 8 power button will activate Siri, claims iOS developer

NEW DELHI: Apple has already sent out invites for an event on September 12 and is widely expected to launch its next generation iPhone, being tipped as the iPhone 8 or theiPhone X. As the launch date comes close (8 days away), another upcoming feature has been unearthed by a Brazilian iOS developer.

The developer going by the name Guilherme Rambo on Twitter, has claimed that users will be able to fire Apple’s digital voice-based assistant, Siri, using the power button of the iPhone 8. All they would need to do is to long-press on the button. “I did find a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button,” he tweeted on Friday (September 1).

This move by Apple is understandable, given that the handset might not have a home button at the front below the display. This will also make the power button one of the most complicated buttons of the handset.

Besides launching Siri, the home button in the unannounced iPhone 8 is also being said to wake up the device, lock the device, power off the smartphone (on longer press) and call emergency services by tapping on it 5 times. A recent report also mentioned that it will be tied to the Cop Mode feature, which will temporarily disable the touchID and will unlock only after the password key is mentioned.

We are yet to see how Apple plans to implement these features in the iPhone 8. Since the entire front of the device is being said to flaunt an edge-to-edge screen, the home button could be placed on the upper right side of the device. It may also have an elongated design.

Apple will be announcing its upcoming smartphones – iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus on September 12 at 10:00 am (10.30PM IST). The event will take place at Steve Jobs Theatre located in Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.