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Face ID: unlocking your iPhone through facial recognition, a patented technology form Apple

A new patent that would allow a user to unlock its iPhone simply by showing its face towards the iPhone’s came.

On the iPhone 5s, Apple has inaugurated the finger print recognition as a way to authentify yourself to either unlock the iPhone or to make sure it’s you when you make some purchases on the App Store or the iTunes Store. But Cupertino seems to be exploring new leads in the authentication ways for the iPhone. Apple has filled a new patent that would allow a user to unlock its iPhone simply by showing its face towards the iPhone’s came. Neat!

Unlocking a device with face recognition, should it be a smartphone or a computer, is not something really new. In the past years, we have seen quite a number of computers and smartphones equipped with this possibility. As you may imagine, the results were not up to the customers’ expectations. And when we talk about safety, about data protection, about authentification, the success rate and the accuracy of the identification technologies should be the highest possible. You may have noticed if you have an iPhone 5S and that you have switched for an iPhone 6: the progress is made by Apple regarding the rate of mistakes from the Touch ID system are spectacular. With its unique way of always improving things and doing much better than their competitors, Apple could be the one bringing to our iPhone, iPad, and may be to our Mac, the possibility to identify ourselves through the front camera. The patent held by Apple regarding face recognition as a way to unlock an iPhone has another function which is implied by the first one. Apple has planned that this technology could also be used to lock an iPhone when this one notices that it is not being used by an identified person in its system. Safety…

Yes, safety, it’s clearly a major thing for the future of our smartphones which contain a huge part of our lives, of our private datas, our various access codes, our means of payments and even more now that Apple Pay is available. We know that the password is dead but the replacement is not yet here… Apple move toward face recognition is another smartmove from Cupertino.

See the patent held by Apple regarding face recognition as a way to unlock an iPhone .

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