Iphone celebrates 10 years in 2017 and apparently is not only the handset, but also some ideas so that it becomes an even bigger prominence amid competitors. Thus, one of the possible features of the awaited iphone 8, the facial recognition system, can also be celebrating a decade of life this year.
In March this year, Apple registered a patent related to facial recognition, but it is a variation of two oldest patents registered by the company, one of 2013 and another, of 2007. The patent of 2013 is lighter in relation to facial recognition itself, but the 2007 has already dealt with “embedded authentication system on an electronic device”, indicating that the company’s intention is not exactly recent.
According to the Apple Insider, however, the patent of 2013 is an update of that oldest, having Apple only changed a few excerpts from the description of the registered content, maintaining intact several sections, such as summary and part of the detailed description. Thus, a future face recognition system to unlock the iphone will have its roots there in the now distant year of 2007.
For the new version of the iphone, that should reach the market at the end of this year, Apple is testing an enhanced security system that will enable users to login, authenticate payments, and access protected applications through facial biometrics, according to people familiar with the product. The device counts with a new 3d sensor, added the sources, which have requested anonymity when talking about a technology that is still in the development phase. The company is also testing ocular biometrics to improve the system, said one of the people.
The speed and accuracy of the sensor are the main factors of this appliance. It is able to read the face of a user and unlock the iphone in a few hundred milliseconds. The sensor is designed to function even if the appliance is on top of a table and not just in front of the face. This feature is still being tested and may not be included in the new appliance. However, the intention is to replace biometrics with digital Touch ID print. An Apple spokesman preferred not to comment.
In the tests, the facial unlock feature captures more data points than fingerprint biometrics, so this system is safer than the Touch ID, said a font. Apple launched the Touch ID in 2013 with the 5s iphone to unlock the handset and the following year has made functionality compatible with payment authentication and access to applications.
Apple is not the first company to use distinct forms of biometric authentication. In newer appliances, Samsung has included a Iris reader that allows users to unlock the smartphone and make payments through ocular recognition. The functionality launched by Samsung on Galaxy S8 received negative criticism, because users managed to deceive the sensor with photos printed from a person’s eyes. The Apple sensor is able to detect three-dimensional depth, which means it is less likely to be deceived with two-dimensional photos. Analysts of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other institutions had already said that a 3d sensor would probably be included on the next iphone.
The premiere of the new iphone model in the fourth quarter will be the most substantial improvement in several years of the company’s most important product. Apple launched iphone 7 and iphone 7 Plus in the fourth quarter of last year focusing on improvements in photographic camera and speed, but used the same design adopted on the iphone 6s. The iphone generates almost two-thirds of Apple’s sales.