iPhone 8 will scan your face while lying on a table, could omit TouchID

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 7, 2017, 2:16 pm IST
Updated Aug 7, 2017, 2:16 pm IST
HomePod firmware reveals Apple’s ‘Pearl’ facial recognition’s with the ability to scan faces while lying flat on the desk.
The firmware code also reveals that this technology could actually work with third-party apps, just like the TouchID. (Photo: iDrop News)
 The firmware code also reveals that this technology could actually work with third-party apps, just like the TouchID. (Photo: iDrop News)

A few days ago, Apple’s HomePod firmware was cracked to have a look at the upcoming iPhone 8. We now know that the iPhone 8 will have a full-screen display and a 60 fps front camera. This week, another leak has laid out a new finding from the HomePod firmware and it’s related to facial recognition technology that is set to debut with the Apple iPhone 8.

iHelp BR has been going through the HomePod firmware codes and has unearthed hints about a facial recognition feature on the iPhone 8 that can work even when the device is kept flat on a table or desk. Now, this may not sound something revolutionary but it actually is. To recall, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 also features a facial recognition technology for verification purposes. However, one has to keep the phone in line with his/her face to actually let it work. This particularly makes using the feature a bit awkward, especially in public places.

Apple’s implementation seems to make the feature actually usable, if not practical, in real-world scenarios, provided that this actually makes it to the production-ready iPhone 8. This means that the iPhone 8 is destined to pack some potent hardware with advanced sensors unseen in smartphones.  The firmware code also reveals that this technology could actually work with third-party apps, just like the TouchID. This leak could also point towards the possibility that Apple might be dropping the TouchID in favour of the advanced ‘Pearl’ facial recognition, which could be better for Apple in implementing the full-screen display.





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