Could your face unlock the new iPhone?
With an imminent Apple announcement, some clues are starting to leak out.
Rumors are swirling about the new version of the iPhone. Will it be called the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 7? Will it be thinner? Will it have a longer battery life? Will U2 force you to download their entire album?
One area most consumers are eagerly anticipating is the updated camera functionality rumored to be part of the next-generation iPhone. Back in April of this year, Apple acquired the Israel-based LinX Computational Imaging, a company that produces state-of-the-art smartphone cameras.
The LinX cameras offer many bells and whistles, including automatic background removal in photos and the ability to scan a 3D image of an item in front of you. But what really has technophiles giddy with anticipation is the camera's facial recognition capabilities.
People are already discussing how Apple could implement this feature. One option being bandied about is the ability to unlock your phone simply by holding it up to your face. While hackers could easily find a photo of you, these cameras would offer more security since it requires a more robust, 3D model of your face to work.
Apple has acquired three other Israeli tech companies since 2011 – spanning everything from memory chips to 3D sensors for video games. And earlier this year, Apple opened a new headquarters in Israel. Apple now has 700 employees in the country, making it the company's largest research and development office outside the United States.
Apple is expected to make their big iPhone announcement on either Sept. 8 or 9 in San Francisco. Insiders have indicated the event will take place at a 7,000-seat arena, much larger than the 755-seat venue Apple usually chooses to hold such events.
Apple is not alone in the facial recognition marketplace. For years, Facebook has been able to look at an uploaded picture and automatically label your friends in the photo. In fact, earlier this summer, Facebook revealed that they actually had technology that could identify you solely based on factors like hair color, body type and posture with 83% accuracy. A photo of your face isn't even necessary. This, not surprisingly, led to some questions, which late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got some answers to, as seen in the video below:
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