AHEAD of the iPhone 8 release date, we’re still getting fresh rumours about the device to sort through – and the latest points to a key differentiator between the next-generation iPhone and its main rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Apple looks set to ditch its Touch ID fingerprint sensor in favour of 3D face scanning on the iPhone 8.
Dubbed Face ID, the new face scanning technology is purportedly quicker, more secure, and more accurate than Touch ID.
Code linked to the upcoming feature has been unearthed within the HomePod software, which was accidentally published by Apple earlier this month.
Renown Apple tipster Mark Gurman has also spoken about Face ID.
According to his sources, the face scanning technology will be used to log-in, authenticate contactless payments and open secure iOS apps.
iPhone 8 will use a new 3D sensor on the front of the device to scan users’ faces.
According to those working on the new technology, the sensor is capable of scanning a user’s face and unlocking the iPhone in a few hundred milliseconds.
iPhone 8 looks set to include a similar face unlock feature as the Galaxy S8, but better
It is designed to work even when the smartphone is placed on a table, rather than held up close to the face, it has been reported.
The sensor records more individual data points than a fingerprint scanner, which in theory, makes it more secure than Touch ID.
Samsung included face scanning technology inside its latest flagship phone, Galaxy S8.
However the South Korean technology company admits that the system is not as secure as iris scanning and fingerprint recognition, both of which are also built into the device.
At the launch of the Galaxy S8, Periscope user Marcianophone published a video that purports to show the Galaxy S8 face scanning technology tricked by a selfie displayed on another phone.
Speaking at the time, a Samsung spokesperson said: “The Galaxy S8 provides various levels of biometric authentication, with the highest level of authentication from the iris scanner and fingerprint reader.
“It is important to reiterate that facial recognition, while convenient, can only be used for opening your Galaxy S8 and currently cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder.”
If Apple intends to use face scanning to authenticate Apple Pay transactions, as well as unlock secure iOS apps, like banking software, it will have to prove that it’s system is at least as secure as Touch ID.
Apple introduced Touch ID in 2013 alongside the iPhone 5S.
The Cupertino-based company added support for authenticating payments and logging into apps the following year.
Alongside the new biometric security system, iPhone 8 is widely-tipped to ship with a 5.8-inch OLED display.
This almost edge-to-edge display will cover the entire front of the phone, replacing the physical Home Button, and broken only by a small notch in the top bezel to house the front-facing cameras and 3D face scanning tech.
Previous rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will include OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, for both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up – something missing from the telephoto lens in the iPhone 7 Plus.
It is also expected to ship with True Tone, a technology that Apple debuted with its 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and ProMotion, which launched this year with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.