Apple’s OLED iPhone’s new 3D infrared facial recognition capability will be unmatched by Android wannabes

“Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 8 at an event on September 12th, and with it the future of smartphone design. The company appears to have crammed the upcoming device with a bevvy of new features including a complete redesign of the display (goodbye home button!) and an all new array of sensors,” Tristan Greene reports for TNW. “The star of the show, however, is the new face scanning technology.”

“Instead of using a password or pattern, iPhone 8 users will unlock their device just by looking at it,” Greene reports. “And according to a report from Axios, those who’ve checked out the technology claim it’s ‘light-years beyond anything that’s been tried commercially.'”

“Several challenges have plagued previous efforts, such as Samsung’s foray into facial recognition being famously fooled by photographs and perplexed by spectacles,” Greene reports. “Apple may have solved these problems by adding several new sensors to the iPhone 8, including a 3D facial recognition sensor, and an infrared sensor that will allow the phone to look for you in the dark.”

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MacDailyNews Take: By now, the peddlers of Android dreck ought to be quite used to being vastly overmatched by Apple’s revolutionary iPhone.

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  1. Actually, it is rare that the Android folks ever learn that there’s a difference. They just assume all phones are the same – which is why they settled for Android in the first place.

    1. You are absolutely correct, one of my friends is one of the biggest cheap asses I know and says he got some deal at Best Buy for $17/month for a Galaxy S8. So he says to me ‘why should I pay $30/month for an iphone when I can have the S8 for less and its just as good and the same as the iphone’. I shake my head and don’t bother explaining because the only thing he cares about is whether he can save $2, $5 or $10 a month.

      1. Wall Street feels the same way as your friend. Apple is doomed because analysts claim no consumer can tell the difference between a $200 Android smartphone and an $800 iPhone. When in doubt, always go with the cheapest product to get more bang for the buck. It must be true considering Android OS smartphones have a global market share of around 98.5% and growing.

  2. It would likely take into account, for examples, the length of a person’s nose, the width between the eyes which can’t be altered, and a person’s cheeks, especially butt cheeks to facilitate identifying assholes. Apple might have a big seller!

  3. Common sense says we can totally eliminate the possibility that any company as focussed on privacy as Apple would ever allow your iPhone to be unlocked against your will by somebody simply holding it in front of your face.

    What has been rumoured is that the 3D imaging technology is incredibly fast, can interpret squillions of images per second and can identify you from a variety of angles and distances. Clearly there’s no need to have that sort of capability just to check the shape of your face, so that power must have been designed with something else in mind and the speed suggests to me that analysing movements might be the real driving force behind it.

    How about if you were to unlock your iPhone by speaking or mouthing a password? Alternatively, if it should be able to resolve other things about you, such as gestures, hand shapes and movements. What if you unlocked your iPhone by making a unique movement, maybe including opening and closing your finger shapes as you move them in a specific way while the iPhone can still see your face?

    There could also be an optional “hostile” gesture or facial expression which if performed, would prevent the iPhone from being unlocked without entering a password. For instance, your normal unlock could be quickly making the shape of a number 8 in the air, closing your little finger as you go, with your tongue slightly protruding from the corner of your mouth as though concentrating. If you keep your tongue in or fail to close your little finger, it won’t unlock and if you did an infinity sign ( figure 8 on it’s side ) while closing your index finger instead or any other gesture with your tongue in, it would lock up and require a password to be typed.

    Don’t forget that resolving movements in that way can also be very useful in other contexts once your iPhone is unlocked. You could manipulate a 3D shape by making gestures above it to tilt, twist or zoom it. Moving your finger above the keyboard but without touching would allow you to do the equivalent of moving the mouse without clicking ( i.e. moving the cursor and rolling over buttons ). The opportunities for game control are obvious too and you might be able to play a piano keyboard printed on ordinary paper, but with the benefit of touch sensitivity by analysing movements and velocities.

  4. I hope it has a very wide angle lens. My phone is currently on my desk and I’m happily using it on and off and unlocking it with my fingernail looking at the screen, yet the current front facing camera can’t see me at all.

    1. Some rumours claim that it’s a very wide angle of view, approaching 180 degrees. If that’s true, then unlocking while it’s on your desk, or using it to authorise Apple Pay transactions becomes a lot more practical.

      I think we’ve been thrown off by making comparisons with taking a selfie. I suspect that what we think of as a conventional selfie will have little bearing on how Apple’s facial recognition system actually works.

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