In the next iPhone, one of the major new feature expected is a new way to unlock the smartphone with your face. It may not appear like a big deal at first blush. In its operating system, Android had a version of facial recognition called Face Unlock, since 2011.

Apple chief smartphone rival Samsung has its version of this technology as well as iris scanning and the standard fingerprint reader. But, this method is on the rise, thanks to significant advances in face scanning technology.

Upcoming iPhone comes with facial recognition technology:

Companies like Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Citibank have managed or launched programs that utilise the technology as a means of verification in the past year.

As an easier, companies have pitching facial recognition and more efficient way for consumers to verify their identity. Yes, at an old angle to line up your head just right, you may have to hold a phone, and there are no pins and no passwords. You will never forget which face you have programmed into your face unlike with fingerprints.

There have limitations in the past. With photos, hackers thwarted facial recognition sensors and also with videos of a phone owner. And there has a problem of identical twins – a relatively rare, but real authentication problem that comes up.

In facial recognition, recent advances have addressed some of these issues. For advanced scans, the depth sensing cameras used can map a sort of three-dimensional map of a face, rather than only relying on images.

In the bone structure or head shape, even twins often have the slight difference which makes for a much more accurate individual identification. Experts say that an accessory may still throw off a sensor recognition but not as quickly. So, facial recognition is becoming more than just a gimmick.

In the recent years, Apple has acquired at least two notable facial recognition companies including Prime Sense that developed the original face sensing and motion sensing applications for facial recognition.

Apple said to have to ditch the home button altogether:

On the facial recognition technologies, both firms have worked extensively that wouldn’t fool by a photo or video. Gene Munster said that the push behind that move is real, managing partner of Loup Ventures: Apple wants to deliver a bigger screen.

The fingerprint sensor has on the home button for current iPhones on the front of the phone. As a part of a goal to make the front of the phone nearly all screen and give users added room on which to browse, watch the video and buy apps, Apple has said to have to ditch the home button altogether.

“Make things more secure and also to advance the design of devices,” he said. In the next iPhone adding facial recognition at least of the kind expected should accomplish both. For the comment, Apple declined.

For payments and purchases, if Apple uses facial recognition it would like a first. It doesn’t need forward facial recognition for banking in April, Samsung told Korea Herald, thanks to the occurrence of other “high-level biometric technologies” such as iris – and fingerprint scanning.

And for identification, other companies have used facial recognition including from airlines at check in and from MasterCard, that has a program called “Identity Check” that lets you verify purchases with a picture. The company tries to get around fraud in MasterCard case by asking users to blink at certain times to confirm that they are a live person.

For biometric security, these programs, use facial recognition as just one option giving consumers other options. If rumours are true for the iPhone, facial recognition may have the only biometric option.

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