Apple Rumored to Replace Touch ID With Facial Recognition in iPhone 8
The debate over what is going to happen with Touch ID continues into July, with several months before this no stranger to the topic.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly considering dropping Touch ID altogether from the iPhone 8, and instead opting to focus on 3D sensing and facial recognition for future iPhone 8 owners to not only unlock their iPhone and gain access to it, but also to authenticate payments:
“For its 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.”
Eye scanning is also included in the possible outcomes for the unannounced iPhone, all made possible to the improvements Apple is reportedly making to the front-facing camera. This is actually not the first time that we’ve heard this specific situation, where Apple is said to remove the fingerprint sensor in favor of camera-based security. Whether or not it turns out to be true, though, remains to be seen.
Interestingly enough, a report from earlier today, based on supply chain comments made to analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, also said that the iPhone 8 would ditch Touch ID altogether as well.
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