It seems like yesterday, we were all encapsulated by the concept of a smartphone. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone without one. Instead, we wait around for the newest system update or groundbreaking feature that will continue to transform our phones into technologically-advanced personal assistants. We can access and store our passwords, banking information, photo albums, calendars, and work emails all on one device. Apple understands that you have a lot of important information on your phone, and you wouldn’t want anyone to get a hold of it; therefore, the tech titan has begun testing a 3D facial scanner that will be used to unlock the next iPhone.
Other Personal Device Security Systems
There have been advancements in security for personal devices over the last few years, but it seems like there have been flaws with each feature. As a part of the iPhone 5s release in 2013, Apple introduced TouchID, a system used to scan fingerprints. Its primary function was to unlock a user’s device; however, Apple added support for logging into apps and authenticating payments a year later. Nevertheless, the various fingerprint scanners introduced over the last few years have all experienced a series of recognition and sensory problems. Most recently, Samsung included iris scanners in their Galaxy S8 phones; however, they were met with poor reviews, as the system was easily manipulated by 2-dimensional photos.
How the 3D Scanner Works
According to early reports, Apple is looking to replace the TouchID system in all their new iPhones, as the facial scanner includes more data points, making it much more difficult to hack. The product designers made speed and accuracy the focal points of the project, mentioning that the scanner works in less than a few hundred milliseconds. It has even been said that the new product can recognize 3D imagery while lying flat on a table.
What else is Apple working on?
In addition to the 3D facial scanner, Apple has been redesigning the physical appearance and structure of the iPhone, as well as working on the development of dedicated chip for processing artificial intelligence.
The innovative company is testing full-glass displays that will encompass a stainless-steel frame, where power and other controls will be housed. The ultimate goal is to create a larger display that fits into a smaller overall body. The edge-to-edge screen design will only include a single cutout for the front-facing camera, facial recognition sensor, and earpiece.
As for the A.I. chip that Apple is calling the Apple Neural Engine, their hope is to improve two major functionality elements of the iPhone. First, by using artificial intelligence, the chip would automatically accomplish tasks based on suggestions you’ve made, which would subsequently improve the device’s battery life over time. Second, the chip would also increase the refresh speed for all the iPhone’s apps and browsers.