Last week’s report suggested that Apple may do away with Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 8, and replace it with other Security features like facial recognition or Iris Scanning. And it turns out this may indeed be true!
According to a report from Israeli financial website Calcalist, Apple has acquired facial recognition company RealFace. This may mean that we are getting Facial Recognition for iOS and is expected to be an iPhone 8 exclusive feature.
RealFace was founded by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader in 2014. The company has created facial recognition software as an alternative to passwords and fingerprints. Infact, RealFace had developed an iPhone app, Pickeez, that used facial recognition technology to automatically choose a user’s best photos across all of their social media platforms.
While RealFace’s website is currently offline, the promotional material found on the website claims that its facial recognition software integrates artificial intelligence to give the most accurate and “frictionless” face recognition possible.
Apple’s acquisition of RealFace is said to be with “several million dollars”, while the exact statistics are not known. This is not the first time Apple has acquired an Israeli company as Anobit(flash storage company), PrimeSense(3D sensor company) and LinX(camera tech firm) were acquired in the year 2011,2013 and 2015 respectively.
This leak supports the latest rumour which suggests that apple will ditch the Home Button on the iPhone 8 for a “functional area” much like the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro. This may mean that Touch ID will no longer be preset and Facial Recognition will be the alternative.
Here’s a video from RealFace demonstrating the Facial Recognition Tech:
We feel that Facial Recognition is a far superior means of Security compared to Fingerprint Recognition. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.
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