“In the absence of a physical Home button, Apple’s so-called ‘iPhone 8’ may allow users to activate Siri by holding down the Sleep/Wake button if they prefer not to do so using the voice command ‘Hey Siri,'” Tim Hardwick reports for MacRumors.

“That’s according to iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, based on a discovery he has made in source code that points to the possibility,” Hardwick reports. “In a tweet posted on Saturday, Rambo said he wondered if Apple had moved any of the original Home button’s functionality to the ‘lock’ button (or Sleep/Wake, as Apple calls it) located on the upper right side of the handset.”

Hardwick reports, “When asked by a follower if he had found something in Apple’s code to suggest this, Rambo revealed that he had indeed discovered a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button.”

 
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MacDailyNews Take: It makes sense as there needs to be a way to invoke Siri silently. Perhaps users will be able to assign functions to that new larger Sleep/Wake button we expect to see. It might even be a rocker, so that there are two inputs possible.