Sunday January 22, 2017

Apple Exploring Facial Recognition System For iPhone 8

Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again with the Apple leaksآ—this time, he is advising that Apple may revolutionize biometric identification in smartphones with facial recognition capabilities. The company is currently revamping Touch ID out of necessity due to the new form factor of the next-generation iPhone, which requires an optical, not capacitive, system. But even if the facial recognition system does take off, it will likely work in tandem with the fingerprint reader for added security.

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Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" for enhanced security. "However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution." Assuming the technological challenges are not too great and adoption this year isn't too soon, Kuo suggests Apple's new system will usher in a "paradigm shift" for the application of biometric identification in smartphones. Kuo's latest report builds on previous predictions regarding this year's "10th anniversary" iPhone, which is expected to feature a radical redesign with an embedded home button in an edge-to-edge display, a glass body, and potentially wireless charging.