Some years back, the idea of facial recognition seemed distant and impractical; in 2018, facial recognition technology is in our hands, and it’s extremely powerful. This is due, in part, to Apple’s effort to take the technology mainstream. Apple’s Face ID is a fast, reliable, and secure biometric identity sensor.
How Face ID Works
Face ID uses multiple neural networks to process facial recognition data. When registering, you take a scan of your face. The scan is taken with the True Depth camera, which uses depth mapping to get a detailed image with all the features of your face. The system deploys 30,000 infrared dots to “map” your facial features and structure. Face ID then takes a mathematical model of your face and uses it against the initial scan. The advanced scanning sensors, along with the mathematical comparison models, make it almost impossible for someone to spoof your facial scan.
For Face ID to activate, you must be looking at the phone. If you are asleep or looking away, Face ID won’t activate. If someone was to use a picture of your face, it wouldn’t pass, and if someone with similar facial features attempted to unlock your phone, it wouldn’t work.
The facial recognition data is stored on the dual-core A11 bionic chip on your phone; it isn’t sent to Apple’s, or a third party’s servers.
How It’s Used
Face ID is quite versatile, and it can be essential for how you interact with your iPhone.
Unlocking the phone.
Years ago, Apple set the benchmark with Touch ID—its speedy and reliable fingerprint scanner. New facial recognition tech has replaced Touch ID, and its primary use is to act as a biometric identity test to unlock your phone. This enables top notch security for the unlocking process.
When you want to buy an app, or buy something in-app, Face ID can authorize the purchase. This expedites the buying process, making it extremely easy to make the purchases you want—at any time.
Facial recognition can be used as an authentication tool for certain third-party apps, like Mint, E-trade, and more.
The Future of Face ID
Though Face ID is great, it’s still not perfect. For the next few years, expect Apple to work out the kinks—making it faster and more reliable. We can also expect to see Face ID in other devices, like Macbooks and iPads. But the true future of Apple’s Face ID is beyond the confines of Apple’s hardware.
The success of facial recognition highlights the potential of facial recognition software. We are heading into a future where facial recognition will be integrated in our everyday lives. Facial recognition has already been implemented by some police departments throughout the USA … with mixed results. In China, some schools are using facial recognition software to determine if students are attentive during class.
The development of facial recognition has caused some concern, though. There are fears that it can be abused to encroach upon our liberties—like privacy and consent. Currently, proper regulation for this sort of technology is non-existent, but this will likely change as it becomes more widespread in the future.
One thing is certain: Face ID is here to stay, and it will get better with time. For more about Face ID or to find out information about our services, contact us today!