Hardware logistics may prove to be an issue for Apple

Apple is apparently working on a feature that is going to push out the fingerprint sensor identification mode and replace it with facial recognition. Rumors have suggested for some time now the firm is going to have to radically redesign the home button and Touch-ID fingerprint sensor for the coming iPhone 8 considering the device will be rid of the bezels on the side of the screen.

Instead, the front is going to be almost entirely screen space which leaves little space for that small circle that would be situated at the bottom. Alternative suggestions have implied hiding the fingerprint sensor under the screen or even moving it to the back of the phone but this has not gotten a lot of traction.

Features of the Facial Recognition Tool

The facial recognition will come in the form of a 3-D sensor that will scan the users to ensure identity. This may come along with an iris scanner and the complete package would be utilized to unlock the device, authenticate payments and log into applications that had been secured by the user.

Apple’s sensor speed and accuracy are the main points of this new feature. It is going to be able to scan the face of the user and unlock the iPhone within a hundred milliseconds allegedly. it is also going to be able to work even if the device is laying flat on the table as opposed to a close up to the face.


This is not the first time that such tech has been introduced though considering Samsung has a similar means of facial recognition though it is not as accurate as what Apple hopes to debut. A similar tool in the recently released S-8 was cracked by a group of German hackers using a printed photo. Similarly, if the systems are not smart then they may be fooled with a model or photograph which allows people to hack their way in so to speak.

Apple’s sensor on the other hand has 3-D depth perception and that means the system has a less chance of being fooled using 2-D pictures. Researchers from JP Morgan Chase, as well as, other companies claimed earlier this year that a 3-D sensor would potentially be included in the next iPhone iteration.

As well as the new face unlock feature, the company is also testing next generation iPhone prototypes which include dedicated chips for the purposes of processing artificial intelligence jobs and screens meant to display content using a higher frame rate.

Hardware logistics may prove to be an issue for Apple

Back to facial recognition, there are arguments that Apple may not ditch the Touch ID feature as easily as most sources claim. It is a security feature the company sold major financial institutions on when it launched its contact-less Apple Pay tool and it may not be practical to utilize the facial scanning feature for authentication of payments in the physical stores.

Cupertino may also be able to find a way to hide the buttons from the front fascia in the same way it did with the Touch ID button for the 2016 iteration of the MacBook Pro. It is worth noting one of the sources claimed facial recognition would probably not make it to the iPhone 8 though that would be dependent on factors like the ability of the supplier to deliver on the needed hardware in order to secure functionality in a punctual manner.

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