Fresh leaks about the upcoming Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 8 suggest that the device will feature facial scanning among other technologies.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple might be facing out the fingerprint reader on its phone in favor of facial scanning to unlock the upcoming iPhone 8 handset. The report suggests that the tech firm planning to shift from its iconic Touch-ID technology which has been a key feature in iPhones since 2013. Sources familiar with the matter revealed that the company has been testing a new security system for users to log in to their devices, secure apps and authenticate payments.
Some of the rumors are from reliable sources
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously had a good track record with rumors regarding past Apple releases. Also, the rumors also tie with what Apple rival Samsung Electronics introduced earlier this year with the Samsung Galaxy S8.Other sources claim that the iPhone maker is also working on eye-scanning technology.
The iPhone 8 leaks about a possible facial scanning technology also aligns with previous rumors that the company has been purchasing a lot of 3D cameras. This further solidifies the rumors because 3D cameras are important in facial recognition. The 3D aspect makes sure that the ID system cannot be tricked using 2D photos.More details in favor of the rumors include the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been pushing heavily towards 3D sensing. This is because the technology can be used to improve numerous existing solutions.
Such features on the upcoming iPhone would not only make it unique, it would also make it possible for the device to compete more effectively against strong handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S8. It also means Apple will be using technology that is up to date with the current trends in the market. Most importantly, the iPhone 8 will be the company’s 10th generation iPhone and thus there is a lot of pressure to deliver something unique.
“Apple is clearly gearing up for an iPhone release well beyond the scale of anything we have seen to date,” stated Forbes in a recent report.
Apple stock closed the latest trading session on Monday at $143.50.