Will other manufacturers follow?
When Apple introduced its own biometric security system via a fingerprint sensor named Touch ID on the iPhone 5S, many were skeptical as to how secure it will be. But a couple of months later, many companies have started placing fingerprint sensors into their own smartphones as well, easily making it a standard in flagship specifications.
But with last month’s introduction of the iPhone X, Apple is now introducing new way to authenticate – Face ID. But this isn’t just some camera trick similar to facial recognition that’s been present on Android devices for a while. Face ID will use multiple sensors including a new ‘TrueDepth’ camera to determine the face of the user. While it looks good paper we still don’t know how it will work in real-world scenarios.
But the move to Face ID was implemented by Apple since the iPhone X doesn’t have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The feature was omitted since the smartphone is now all-screen, and while similar flagships simply moved the sensor at the back of the device, doing it on the iPhone X would be a compromise on design.
The introduction of Face ID somehow confirms that Apple will soon start placing similar sensors on future devices, even as Apple is struggling to keep up with the production of the sensors needed for the iPhone X.
But this could also point to a shift in biometric technology found on smartphones. If Apple revolutionized the fingerprint sensor, will it do the same for facial recognition?
Guess only time can tell.
Apple’s iPhone X will go on sale worldwide on November 3rd. Pre-orders start October 27th at 11:01 am UAE time.