Rumor Has it: iPhone 8 won’t have Touch ID
Is the Fingerprint Authentication Already Obsolete?
Because the iPhone 8 is expected to feature a display that is as close to being as bezel-less as possible, there’s been much speculation on where Apple will place its Touch ID. Some have predicted the Touch ID will be incorporated into the display. Others say it will go into the back of the device, while some have also predicted it will be placed in the power switch.
There’s currently a new twist in this story, though. According to Bloomberg, Apple might be doing away with its Touch ID, replacing it with a facial recognition feature instead. The Cupertino-based company is reportedly ‘testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face’. The system will supposedly be powered by a 3D sensor whose technology is still under development. Eye scanning might also be part of the system.
This information is also being echoed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, well-known for having a reliable track record when it comes to news about Apple and any of its products.
How exactly will the face scanning feature work?
Essentially, 3D face scanning will make use of sensors to scan and detect a person’s face, and upon confirming that he/she is the owner of the device, it will unlock the iPhone within ‘a few hundred milliseconds’. And it’s not just designed to work when the device is brought close to a person’s face. It’s supposed to work even if the iPhone is just laying flat on a surface like a counter or a table.
Face scanning is believed to be more secure than Touch ID because it analyzes more data points and identifiers. And because the sensor has 3D depth perception, it will be more difficult to trick it with 2D pictures, meaning, it can differentiate between an actual face and just a photo, which further reinforces its security feature.
Of course, unlocking the phone is just one of its functions. It’s also what will be used to log in to apps and authorize payments via Apple Pay.
Is replacing the Touch ID with a face scanner a good thing or a bad thing?
Security-wise, face recognition technology will obviously be more secure than Touch ID.
When it comes to convenience, however, it might be a little more difficult to use, especially when making payments. Oftentimes, contactless payment options have readers that aren’t exactly aligned with one’s face. This poses an inconvenience especially when the only thing you can do for your payment to be approved is to line the reader up with your face. And just imagine, you’ll have to do this every time. Unless you opt to disable the biometric payment authorization feature and go with a traditional passcode, which will then make your payment system less secure, and more cumbersome.
We’re still a few months away from the official unveiling of Apple’s 10th anniversary phone. So technically, anything can still happen. But taking into consideration the source of this face-detection-scanner-in-lieu-of-Touch-ID news, the probability that they are right is way higher than the chances that they are wrong.
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