Apple Is Reportedly Testing A Face Scanner For The iPhone

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Apple is reportedly developing a feature that will allow iPhone owners to unlock their devices with their face, rather than a fingerprint.

The security system will be powered by a new 3D sensor, according to Bloomberg, which other publications touted as a very reliable source when it comes to rumors about Apple. By recording and remembering the intricate measurements of a person’s face, Apple’s alleged technology will essentially act as an advanced password.

However, it is not just a person’s general face that may be utilized for security purposes. Citing an anonymous employee, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also experimenting with eye-scanning technology to accompany the other system. Both the measuring of the face and the eye are expected to be in place of the fingerprint lock, which was originally reported in May after ostensibly authentic images of the iPhone 8 design leaked.

Whether or not these capabilities will be embedded in the next iPhone model or a later one is not yet known. But the reports further support the evidence that biometrics — the statistical analysis of genetic data like the face, eyes and finger — are becoming more and more popular, and will likely become omnipresent in the not too distant future. (RELATED: Beijing Toilets Now Have Face Scanners)

From Lloyds Banking Group announcing plans to use audio-recognition technology that creates a unique “fingerprint” for a user’s voice, to Uber’s use of “selfies” to verify the identity of its drivers, several companies are already employing and embracing biometrics.

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