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Apple Will Reportedly Replace Touch ID with 3-D Face Scanning on ‘iPhone 8’

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A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple intends to introduce facial recognition technology in the next iPhone that will replace Touch ID. Citing a person familiar with Apple’s future product plans, the report notes that the company’s new 3-D face scanning feature will be able to authenticate a user within a few hundred milliseconds.

The report also notes that the facial recognition system will be able to authenticate a user even if the iPhone is laying flat on the table. This would be truly remarkable as current facial recognition systems, like the one found on Samsung’s Galaxy S8, require the user to hold the phone directly in front of their face.

Apple’s upcoming system is said to be more secure than Touch ID, which could enable Apple to ditch the fingerprint sensor entirely.

Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a note to investors on Monday, saying “technical challenges” have prevented Apple from embedding a fingerprint sensor into the screen. Kuo didn’t suggest whether Apple would use facial recognition to replace Touch ID this year, or if Apple would simply move the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device, as some leaks have suggested may happen.

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  • Riddlemethis

    I guess those people who have no “face” won’t get an iPhone lol.

    Seriously, if true, everybody better hope this works and in the dark too or people will be mad af.

  • iverge

    And what if you hold a photo of the person in front of the phone?

  • Kaleim Nathani

    Like the other commenters, I cannot imagine how this could possibly replace touch ID. Make it work Apple! Otherwise just give us the 7S and delay the iPhone 8 until it’s truly ready.

  • Riddlemethis

    Then you have a new phone you can pawn.

  • Nuser

    I believe it uses infrared. therefore, it won’t matter the light and the colour of the skin.

  • Mac

    I really cannot believe this. Unless the face I.D. is perfect, they would never ditch touch I.D. They can surprise us all and deliver this new breakthrough. We will soon find out!

  • SOB

    I think this just a rumour. No way Apple will get rid of Touch ID with face scanning. Try putting the phone near the terminal then angling it to capture your face. I rather have Touch ID on the back then none at all.

  • Gerry Lee

    Imagine using Apple Pay by placing your face near the debit terminal along with your phone.

  • LouisDC

    I sincerely hope they keep the TouchID sensor, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if the iPhone 8 doesn’t have one. Apple have a habit of removing things that work well, like the headphones jack…

  • Lisa

    This wont be good for women who use too much makeup. The face scanning sensor might not reckon them if they use a different style of facial makeup.

  • John

    This would be problematic on Halloween, or if you are wearing any kind of facial mask (like a respirator) for work.

  • Anon

    It uses an infrared scanner. Color of your skin or makeup won’t affect it.

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