According to Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 8 launched this year will no longer have TouchID fingerprint recognition, instead it will use your face to unlock the device.
Apple is testing an advanced security system that allows users to login, validate payments, and launch security applications by scanning their faces, according to an unnamed source. This feature will be enhanced thanks to the new 3D sensor, a technology still in development. Another source said that the company is also testing eye scanning capabilities to enhance the system.
The speed and accuracy of the sensor are the main highlights of the feature. According to this source, it can scan user’s face and unlock iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds. It is designed to work even when the phone device is placed horizontally on a desk surface, rather than near the face.
This feature is still being tested and may not appear on new devices this year. However, according to Bloomberg sources, this feature is intended to be used instead of the TouchID fingerprint scanning system. Apple spokesman declined to comment on this information.
In the test, face-to-face unlocking uses more data than a fingerprint scanner, making it more secure than the Touch ID system. Apple introduced TouchID in 2013 with the iPhone 5S with the ability to unlock the phone, and a year later it added support for billing authentication and logging into applications.
Apple is not the first company to use various forms of biometric authentication to enhance security. When launching its latest handset, Samsung offers iris scanning to allow users to unlock their phones and make payments on their eyes.
This feature on the Galaxy S8 is underestimated when users can deceive the sensor by using copies of prints of the human eye. Meanwhile, Apple’s sensors have the ability to determine 3D depth, meaning that the system will be difficult to overtake by 2D images. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. said a 3D sensor would appear on the next iPhone earlier this year.
The launch of the iPhone this fall will mark the biggest upgrade of many years with the company’s most important product. Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last autumn, focusing on camera upgrades and speed in design use similar to the previous iPhone 6S. The iPhone is bringing in two-thirds of Apple’s revenue, and is becoming the centerpiece of other products like Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the new HomePod.
As reported by Bloomberg News earlier this year, Apple is also exploring new enhanced features. But it remains unclear whether this new 3D sensor can support AR features, or whether it is only for face and eye scanning for security and authentication. Currently, what Apple announces only focuses on ARKit, a software platform for developers to do AR applications for iPhone.
Bloomberg’ s source also show that Apple will use an AI-based chip called the Apple Neural Engine to accelerate processing and improve battery life. Appearances can also be redesigned with glass cover on the front, back and steel frame edges with larger screens but in a smaller chassis.
The screen can display content at a higher frame rate. While new iPhone will be using an OLED platform, for a clearer color, the company also plans to upgrade the processors of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but still use the LCD screen. According to Bloomberg News, this seems to be Apple’s solution to the shortage of OLED screens for high-end smartphones.