Holding 'lock' button may activate Siri in the next iPhone

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After Apple made a decision to do away with the physical Home button in its upcoming iPhone 8, a developer has suggested that the Sleep or Wake button in the soon-to-be-released device may help users to activate Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant Siri.

Apple's iPhone 8 is getting a completely new design over the existing iPhones.

You activate Siri on your iPhone right now by pressing and holding the home button. The virtual assistant can be brought forth by long-pressing the home button or saying 'Hey Siri' out loud.

The report notes Rambo found this in the source code, which hints at the possibility. We also have to keep in mind that holding the button now powers down the phone, so they would need to work around that or move that functionality entirely. "He tweets", I did find a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button".

The new iPhone 8 could sport a 5.8 inch all-screen display and ditch the home button. 9to5Mac and MacRumors both reported on the discovery.

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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 the iPhone X.

Apple will be implementing new gesture controls and software bar on the upcoming smartphone.

There will be no home button on the handset, instead Apple will use facial recognition to unlock the handset and also for Apple Pay. The handset will feature an nearly bezel free edge to edge display and this will be the first iPhone to use an OLED display.

Presentation of "Apple" of the flagship will take place on September 12 this year.

The iPhone 8 is expected to come with several camera improvements a front facing 4K camera that can capture videos at the rate of 60fps.

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