Apple’s most anticipated 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display is said to feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition. The scanner will replace Touch ID on the so-called iPhone 8, as Apple plans to remove the Home button to allow for the edge-to-edge display. His research note claims the so-called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s plus could also have a 3D laser scanner based on increased volume of the module within Apple’s supply chain.
Human recognition would:
- Refrain your phone from gliding into power saving mode while in use.
- Unlock your device if it notices you approaching — that could save you 6 seconds each time
- The display could zoom in or out based on how close or far the screen is from your face.
- The device could show you more or fewer menus or options based on where you are in relation to the screen.
- If the image sensor tells the processor that the main user is present, it could trigger the processor to do something different.
I’ve also heard that facial recognition can tell between twins due to slight differences in bone structure. With the depth that Apple is going with this feature, it could conceivably be hundreds of times more accurate than Touch ID.
There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of unique “fingerprints” that can be found on one’s face, in the way of unique facial features.