iPhone 8 to ditch Fingerprint Sensor, Replace it with Facial Recognition and Iris Scanning

Apple fans expect the unexpected once again! Because our iPhone 8 expectations are about to get a major change from this point. When it comes to surprising, no other tech company comes close to Apple. The company has launched some of the most phenomenal new technologies before anyone else in the industry thought of them, and same may happen once again. Because if Bloomberg’s latest report is true, the Cupertino-based giant has ditched fingerprint sensor in favor of something else: facial recognition combined with iris scanning.

That’s right – citing some unnamed people who’re familiar with the development of iPhone 8, the report published by Bloomberg says that Apple has decided to replace the current fingerprint-based authentication mechanism with 3D facial recognition. For more accuracy and security the method is likely to be combined with another technology called 3D iris scanning.  So while we were thinking that Apple has found some way to hide fingerprint sensor behind the display, the company has actually decided to get rid of it entirely.

Now, this may seem very disappointing right now, because speed and accuracy of facial recognition and iris scanning usually tend to lag behind that of fingerprint authentication. However, you’ll be surprised to know that Apple has perhaps changed these same points of concerns into biggest features of this new authentication system. According to those people who told Bloomberg about this development, speed and accuracy are in fact going to be the biggest advantages of this new system. Let’s try to understand why:

  • First thing is that according to those unnamed people Apple has included a sensor that uses 3D facial recognition only, so the iPhone 8 is unlikely to be fooled with a photograph or some other 2D object. A 3D scan captures significantly more data points than any other biometric authentication method, including fingerprint sensors.
  • Next thing is that by combining facial recognition with iris scanning the dual-authentication mechanism will ensure accuracy. Iris, when scanned and recorded properly through a good quality 3D scanner, tends to be a lot more reliable than fingerprints.

The system, according to Bloomberg’s report, will be capable of unlocking the device within a few hundred milliseconds only! And it’ll work even if iPhone is lying flat on a table, so you won’t have to bring your phone in front of the face every time when you want to unlock it.

While technically Apple is not the first tech company to add different biometric authentication methods to a smartphone (Samsung has done it before by including iris scanners in Galaxy S8), Apple’s implementation is different than that of others. The company’s choice of 3D over 2D can make a significant difference in accuracy of the system. So there’s a good chance that unlike Galaxy S8’s Iris scanners, which opened to poor reviews because of being fooled by photographs, Apple’s authentication system may go down as another significant innovation in the industry. But nothing can be said with certainty until we see it ourselves, so we should wait with fingers crossed!

The hopes are quite high for Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, thanks to company’s brand image and the information that we’ve seen so far from in rumors. The device is likely to sport a design crafted almost entirely out of the glass from front to back with a thin metal frame on the sides. The bezel-less screen has already become quite well-associated with it, and there’s also some expectation of a dedicated AI processing chip in the device to handle artificial intelligence related processing tasks. The chip is likely to be called Apple Neural Engine and it can help in improving the battery life of the device by reducing the burden for main chip. The screen is also expected to have the capability of showing content at high frame rates, similar to ProMotion screens of latest iPads.

I’ve already said it before – iPhone 8 is going to be unlike anything else that we’ve seen till now. This 10th anniversary iPhone is very likely to redefine the industry just like original iPhone did 10 years ago. The wait for September becomes more difficult from now!


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