Apple Abandons Finger Print Sensor

Reports from Bloomberg is that Apple’s Touch ID could be replace by a new 3D scanning system that uses face recognition to verify payments, log in to apps and unlock the upcoming iPhone 8. It is the drastic redesign expected from the tenth-anniversary of iPhone, which intends to use a security system that can scan users’ faces to check who is using it.

According to the report “The scanning system has reportedly been designed for speed and accuracy, and can scan a users’ face and unlock the device in a few hundred milliseconds. As it analyses 3D rather than 2D images it is expected to be able to distinguish between someone’s face and a photo of them”

Understanding the merits of fingerprint sensor

Biometric device’s main advantage is that one must personally be present in order to confirm his or her presence; this is why it is still used in industry such as police, crime investigators and detectives. Fingerprint scanners are more convenient than iris detector or voice detector because it is found that with age, the voice of a person changes. Moreover, when the person has flu or throat infection the voice changes or if there are too much noise in the environment this method may not validate the presence. Also for people who are affected with diabetes, their eyes get affected which causes changes in the iris and the scanner gets unable to detect. Nevertheless, other advantages of a fingerprint scanner are:

– Others can’t use one’s identity since physical attributes can’t be duplicated like identity cards.

– It is cheap, fast and easy to setup.

– You can’t misplace your fingerprints and it does not change with age or get affected by any disease.

– It can’t be forgotten since it’s a physical feature.

Predictable problems to face recognition

  1. Age. Except if your iPhone 8 will not last long. Face change
  2. identical twins blunder
  3. Clone face

And you can add others…..

Apple’s Explanation

Apple believed that the face scanning technology could secure more than Touch ID. They also claimed its fingerprint scanner only has a 1 in 50,000 chance of being unlocked by somebody else’s finger. The question remains, “if it was that good, why the change?”

Meanwhile, the soon release iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge OLED screen with “the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available”, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with a reliable track record. Apple is expected to remove the Home button and Touch ID scanner to make way for the display.

Kuo predicts Apple will release three new phones in September, the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. The iPhone 8 will feature the most dramatic redesign of the three, with a 5.2-inch screen size housed in a device roughly the same size as the iPhone 7. It will have fewer colour options, and could come with a glass front and back with steel edges.

John Gruber, a well-connected Apple blogger, said the top iPhone could be called the “iPhone Pro” and suggested it could cost $1,500 (£1,160) or higher.



Telegraph Uk

Roshani Sebastian