By Nompumelelo Nkosi
iPhone creators, Apple is said to be working on a facial recognition feature for the coming iPhone 8, that will replace the Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely. With this feature, iPhone users will be able to unlock the phone instead of a finger print.
According MyBroadBand, Apple’s redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said.
The sensor’s speed and accuracy are focal points of the feature. It can scan a user’s face and unlock the iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds. It is designed to work even if the device is laying flat on a table, rather than just close up to the face. The feature is still being tested and may not appear with the new device. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.
In testing, the face unlock feature takes in more data points than a fingerprint scan, making it more secure than the Touch ID system, the person said. Apple introduced Touch ID in 2013 with the iPhone 5s for unlocking the phone and it added support for authenticating payments and logging into apps a year later.
After Samsung’s Galaxy S8 fail with the similar feature, Apple’s solution is said to be more secure because it is using 3D depth perception, preventing it from being bypassed by 2D pictures. According to Mac rumours, Bloomberg warns that the feature is “still being tested” and that Apple could have decided to nix it, so it continues to be unclear if the iPhone 8 will indeed abandon its Touch ID feature for the new under development face recognition.
Rumours surrounding Touch ID in the iPhone 8 have been all over the place during the course of the last few months. Apple was rumored to be having difficulty embedding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the display of the device and explored other solutions including a rear Touch ID button, but the company’s final solution remains up in the air. In recent dummy models and part leaks show a display without a Touch ID button, suggesting it’s either under the display or non-existent.
Today’s report also includes a quick mention that Apple is testing faster displays with ProMotion technology for the iPhone 8. ProMotion display technology, which features a 120Hz refresh rate for improvements to motion and animations, was first introduced in 2017 iPad Pro models.
Seems like Apple is working day and night to impress its fans who are yet to find out if the feature I a complete success.