Apple looking to unveil 3-D face scanning to unlock iPhone
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Apple looking to unveil 3-D face scanning to unlock iPhone

smartphone Updated: Jul 05, 2017 11:06 IST
Mark Gurman
Mark Gurman
Apple,Iphone,Face scanning

A salesman checks a customer's iPhone at a mobile phone store in New Delhi, July 27, 2016. (REUTERS File)

Apple Inc. is working on a feature that will let you unlock your iPhone using your face instead of a fingerprint.

For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said.

The sensor’s speed and accuracy are focal points of the feature. It can scan a user’s face and unlock the iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds, the person said. It is designed to work even if the device is laying flat on a table, rather than just close up to the face. The feature is still being tested and may not appear with the new device. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

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First Published: Jul 05, 2017 11:06 IST