“Apple has shown continued interest in using the forward facing camera on devices like the iPhone to unlock the display and customize its layout based on detecting the identity of the person using it,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“This week, AppleInsider found another example of Apple’s desire to have iOS devices recognize users in a new patent application entitled ‘Electronic Device Operation Adjustment Based on Face Detection,'” Hughes reports. “It describes using a forward facing camera on a device to recognize individual users and also track the orientation of their face with respect to the device.”
Hughes reports, “The application describes a system that could scan and detect a specific user’s face, and then unlock the device after the person has been recognized. If the user cannot be identified by the system, they would then be presented with the option of entering a security code to unlock the iPhone or iPad. But Apple’s application goes well beyond simply unlocking the device. By recognizing a specific user, the system could customize its layout or other settings based on the pre-set preferences of that authorized user.”
Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.