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Sources suggest that “iPhone 8” will bring 3D facial recognition sensor instead of Touch ID

Hold on, because apparently the truck of rumors from the “IPhone 8” (or “iPhone X”, as you please) is out of control.

Earlier today, we talked about the predictions of celebrated analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who bet that Apple will not be able to put a biometric sensor embedded in the screen of its next flagship.

Now, the Bloomberg comes to thicken this broth: according to Mark Gurman – who has many reliable sources within Apple -, it is possible that the most expensive of the next iPhones will come without any kind of fingerprint reader! Instead, user recognition would be done by 3D facial sensors.

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Citing the infamous sources close to the subject, Gurman said that this new sensor would replace the Touch ID in all system applications, from unlocking the device to user authentication for purchases and logins on compatible applications. Apparently, such a technology would be quite different – or, in other words, much more advanced – than similar ones applied to devices already launched, such as the Galaxy S8; according to the sources, Apple’s focus with the new sensor would be on operating speed and accuracy.

More precisely, the individuals consulted stated that the sensor could unlock the iPhone in a matter of “a few hundred milliseconds” and, because it features 3D technology, it would work even if the device was lying on a table – it would not be necessary, therefore, to pick up the device. phone and point it at your face so that it recognizes you. Finally, there is the possibility that Apple will combine the feature with a technology of iris scanning, for an additional layer of security – combined, these technologies would add a greater number of unique data points than a fingerprint, thus surpassing Touch ID in terms of insurmountability, the sources said.

In addition to the new facial recognition sensor, the Bloomberg also talked about the possibility of Apple including screens with the technology in the next iPhone (or in the next iPhones) ProMotion higher refresh rate (up to 120Hz), already seen in new iPads – which, considering the pace of updating iOS devices, would not only be likely but even expected. The article also mentioned the chip dedicated to the processing of tasks related to artificial intelligence, called the Apple Neural Engine.

Returning to the sensor: it is not difficult to imagine that Apple has been working with both possibilities over the past few months (or even years) – one in which it would be able to integrate the fingerprint reader on the screen in time and the other that this technology would not stay. ready and it would be necessary to offer consumers an alternative as effective as. It seems that the second option is that it will become true – even though we still have to wait a few months to discover the truth.