How Apple will revolutionize facial recognition with next-gen iPhone

“While the broad outlines of the new iPhone are now widely known, both literally and metaphorically, some of its new features have to be seen to really be appreciated, sources said,” Ina Fried writes for Axios. “That’s especially true with the facial recognition that serves as the primary means of logging into the new iPhone.”

“Those who have seen the technology say it is light years ahead of anything that has been tried commercially,” Fried writes. “A good parallel is the Touch ID fingerprint reader Apple introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013. There had been fingerprint sensors on phones before, but none with the speed and accuracy Apple introduced. Now Apple is doing the same for faces.”

“Unlike the glitch-prone facial recognition technologies that are out there, such as the iris reader on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the facial recognition on the new iPhone has been trained to seamlessly handle things like eyeglasses and easily adjust to changes in appearance such as beards and mustaches, sources said,” Fried writes. “It’s also extremely fast. And no, it’s not likely to be fooled by a photograph, sources say.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, as we wrote on the 3rd:

Apple’s infrared 3D facial recognition will work – very well – and it’ll be secure – very secure – or Apple wouldn’t do it.

Apple’s next-gen OLED iPhone’s infrared 3D scanner will work in complete darkness – August 21, 2017
Apple’s 3D Face ID will recognize user’s face within millionths of a second – August 21, 2017
Apple’s ‘iPhone 8’ may perform magical facial recognition while resting on a flat surface – August 7, 2017
Apple’s leaked HomePod firmware shows iPhone 8 likely to abandon Touch ID in favor of ‘Pearl ID’ facial recognition – August 3, 2017


  1. go apple, naysayers be damned, no such thing as peak iphone, when you continually innovate a leading edge device & systems which are sewn in the fabric of modern life then it is visionary

  2. I like touch id, I hope it doesn’t go away…..

    i’m counting the number of times between now and the release of next iPhone that I have to press the home button to stop an out of control app…….. it won’t be many but i expect it will be a few…..

  3. How does it work at night? When you’re out walking, or in a car, or on your couch in the dark and you want to unlock your phone? Does it then require you to enter the passcode? If so, it’s a step backward since Touch ID works for me in virtually every instance.

    1. No- it’s infrared which means it needs no light at all (no visible light, that is). It shines an invisible (to you) infrared beam (which, btw, also can be used to measure heat-which is why a photo won’t unlock it) which it can use to see you and unlock the phone. So yes, it will unlock in the dark…

  4. It is rumored to use infrared sensors, which will work at night and in dark rooms. I never like TouchID, but thought it was great, …if that makes sense. I am looking forward to the iPhone Edition.

  5. What a dangerous technology. Ripe for abuse.

    Now if they want to violate your rights and search your phone, all they have to do is hold it up to your face and it unlocks.

    Then of course they could sell all that information. Just imagine you walk into walmart and the place recognizes you and sends all kinds of ads to your phone.

    Government abuse is off the scale on this kinds of technology. We’ve already seen how the government has violated the constitution with the fingerprint technology.

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