Fingerprint sensors are gradually becoming a standard feature on modern smartphones. A lot of credit goes to Apple for making the technology mainstream. The company had introduced the fingerprint reader way back in 2013 with the iPhone 5S. Almost four years later, brands are working to improve the tech by introducing under glass or metal scanners, and 360-degree recognition among others. Some have looked to move beyond fingerprint scanners by offering iris scanners. Apple, however, seems to be aiming at revolutionising biometric authentication technology with its upcoming anniversary edition iPhone. Also Read - AirPods 3 leaks: New AirPods could launch on April 20 alongside Apple Pencil 3, new iPad Pros, AirTagsAlso Read - iPhone 13 Mini new leaks emerge, new camera setup, small notch in tow
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a 3D-sensor facial recognition technology for logging in and even authenticating payments. According to the report, the 3D sensor is quite speedy and accurate and are apparently the focal points of the feature. The report further says that that the technology is still in the works, and users may have to wait longer than the much-awaited the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s. Also Read - iPhone 14 in 2022 to get 48MP rear camera, Apple to cancel Mini variant
The new report comes days after Sony was rumored to introduce a similar 3D-sensor for biometric scanner. One of the reasons why brands are moving towards 3D-sensors is that it allows users to log in from any angle rather posing straight and stare at the smartphone. Samsung s iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 didn t really get rave reviews and moreover, it was reported to have been easily duped with 2D pictures. 3D-sensors are said to be more foolproof.
It may be recalled that Apple had acquired a company called PrimeSense in 2013. PrimeSense dealt in facial recognition technology and since its acquisition, there have been rumors that Apple will sooner or later integrate the technology on its smartphones. ALSO READ: Apple awarded patent for 3D facial recognition system rumored to debut with next iPhone
Besides the facial unlock feature, Apple is working a new generation of iPhones that have a built-in chip for AI tasks and compatible displays. The chip is called Apple Neural Engine and is said to improve battery life as well as capable of image recognition and predictive keyboard suggestions, Bloomberg reports. ALSO READ: Apple developing a dedicated Neural Engine chipset to power AI on iPhones, iPads