It’s a new year and that means iPhone rumors are about to be in full swing. In fact, it is being reported this week that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will likely feature a couple of new biometric sensors.
This news comes from the very reliable Ming-Chi Kuo who is a securities analyst for KGI. He is claiming that the iPhone 8 will feature a newly updated fingerprint sensor and a facial recognition sensor, both of which could change iPhone security in a big way. But what exactly would that mean for you, the end user?
Current Touch ID sensors prevent Apple from creating an iPhone with zero bezels, which is exactly what Apple’s current vision is. Instead, KGI reports that Apple is switching to a new optical fingerprint sensor for Touch ID on the iPhone 8, allowing the company to create the device with no bezels. This is because Apple could then develop an ‘under panel’ system with the new Touch ID and eliminate any capacitive sensors like the current home button. This would give Apple some very valuable extra space for other components or even a slightly bigger battery, meaning more features or better battery life.
KGI has also stated that the iPhone 8 may contain some sort of new facial recognition sensor. Said sensor is rumored to do exactly what it sounds like it would, scan the user’s entire face and then use that data to unlock or not unlock the device. You may remember that Google introduced a similar feature back in 2011 for Android devices, although it was notoriously unreliable.
However, if Apple were to create a facial recognition system, the system would likely take in more data than just a 2D image of the user’s face which could easily be faked. Incorporating this feature could possibly eliminate a pain-point for many users who have trouble getting the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner to work correctly. Ultimately, it could spell out a new, hopefully, secure way for users to keep their device locked. Interestingly enough, Apple isn’t going for iris recognition in this case, similar to what we’ve seen on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and Microsoft’s Lumia 950.
The upcoming iPhone 8 may feature both a fingerprint sensor and a facial recognition sensor, but KGI believes that later versions of the iPhone will rely solely on facial recognition.
So, at the end of the day, how would you actually benefit from these new sensors? In short, thinner bezels, new design possibilities, and more flexibility in securing your device.