Apple is Testing Facial Recognition to Unlock iPhone 8

Tuesday, 04 Jul, 2017

Apple's iPhone 8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017 because it's the 10th anniversary iPhone.

Kuo said that the iPhone 8 will be the highest screen-to-body ratio device available on the market and it will not feature a Touch ID fingerprint authentication sensor at all. This would give Apple a distinctive new feature without forcing it to compromise on the iPhone's core design.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is testing 3D face scanning technology that will enable users to unlock their iPhone instead of having to rely on a fingerprint sensor.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is now working on an improved security system for its feature smartphones that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face. The company is looking at iris scanning for unlocking the smartphone. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person.

Suggestions have included hiding the fingerprint sensor under the screen or moving it to the back of the phone.

Some reports have claimed Apple iPhone 8 will have a hefty price tag, starting at $1000. That brought a virtual home button, which can sense when people press down and then use very precise motors to vibrate the phone and make it feel like it has been pushed. The latest is to be credited to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

The iPhone 7s will sport a 4.7-inch display with 2GB RAM, and the larger variant will sport a 5.5-inch display with 3GB of RAM.

The Bloomberg scoop largely recaps existing rumors, including an all-screen design (with just a tiny cut-out at the top for a camera, sensors and speaker), a speedier 10-nanometer processor and a dedicated chip for AI-related tasks. It's also fast, authenticating at a speed of a few hundred milliseconds. This means that the upgraded security feature will not only be secure, but also convenient in a wide variety of aspects. This investment will land it exclusive production lines for OLED displays for its iPhone line. But some sources have leaked sensible details as well to balance to scales and keep the iPhone 8 topic in the news. KGI expects that the OLED iPhone 8 will be hard to get your hands on, though, with stock predicted to in low supply heading into 2018.