Apple takes a next step on biometric authentication; 3D face scanning on its testing phase

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Samsung presented a new form of biometric authentication in their latest release, the Galaxy S8. The phone has an iris scanner that let users to log-in to their phones. This new technology allows authenticated payments by scanning the user’s eyes. Although, Apple’s arch rivals did receive a huge criticism from their users. They were able to deceive their phone sensors by using a photocopy print of their eyes. Now, Apple Inc. alongside LG Innotek targets to launch their iPhone 8 with a new improved security system. The prototype uses a 3-D sensor and enables users to unlock their phone and launch secured apps. It also allows verified payments by scanning a person’s face. The company is also aiming to include multiple systems in the device such as iris scanners.

The 3D sensor focuses on speed and accuracy. It unlocks the iPhone by scanning its users face within a few hundredth of a second.  These sensors include 3D depth perception i.e. the sensor’s visual ability to analyze geometric orientation of the object. The new hallmark in the phone allows the sensor to take more data points. The object recognized by the 3D sensor will make the device more secure than an iris or fingerprint scanners. Apple introduced their Touch ID fingerprint scanner in 2013, with the iPhone 5s but now, they intend to replace the fingerprint scanner with their new 3D sensor.

Apart from the new facial recognition system, Apple is also testing on a new prototype chip. This new embedded chip is designed for artificial intelligence and known as Apple Neural Engine. This new feature can handle tasks such as image/speech recognition and typing suggestions which require human intelligence. The company will also focus on its new OLED screen to display the contents at higher frame rates. The screen will provide better color adjustments and a better battery performance. Apple has also targeted to launch a new screen technology that prioritizes to remove the home button. The new front display will bring additional gestures such as swiping across the screen to initiate operations.

Although, the company has not yet confirmed that the 3D sensor will support the new OLED display version or it includes AI features. The display and the AI features are still in their testing phase. Manufacturers have said that these specs may or may not appear in the new iPhone8. Further, Apple promises to bring augmented reality into action that can shroud images, videos, and games in the real world. This new innovation in AI can make the real and computer-generated environment indistinguishable by enhancing our sense of touch, hear and sight.