“On February 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals newly advanced facial and feature recognition methods of combining multiple image detectors to obtain robust feature detection,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s previous work in this area covered advancing the accuracy of facial recognition and how facial recognition could one day apply to locking and unlocking devices,” Purcher reports. “Theoretically speaking, Apple could one day add facial recognition to the authentication process as a secondary security measure to Apple’s fingerprint based Touch ID feature.”

Purcher reports, “At present, a combination feature such as this has been explored by Google and others.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Arline M." for the heads up.]