Have you ever had trouble with the Touch ID feature on your iPhone? I’ll admit that I loved my Android but got talked into buying an iPhone. One of the most annoying things about it is trying to make sure your finger lines up well enough to be able to unlock it. I can fail over and over again when I’m actually trying but I swear, if I happen to pick up my phone with my finger anywhere near the Touch ID, it will open effortlessly. It drives me crazy.
Now, Apple is reportedly considering replacing Touch ID with facial recognition technology. The new feature would use a front-facing 3D laser scanner to identify the user’s face. There’s talk that it could be implemented by the time the iPhone 8 comes out.
Some people think this that using facial recognition would mean that the phone is offering world-class security but I see all kinds of potential for problems. What if someone is in an accident and their face is messed up? Will that affect their ability to call for help? More and more average people are getting plastic surgery which can also be interesting with this thing. What about the normal swelling that comes from having wisdom teeth removed? Also, with all of the contouring people use with makeup, is it possible that the phone will get confused?
On top of all of that, added facial recognition could increase the cost of the devices by $10 to $15 per unit. The iPhone is already expensive. It will be interesting to see if people are willing to pay for this premium security feature.
Some argue, though, that including the 3D scanner could make virtual reality experiences even better on the iPhone. For example, it could be used for “everything from determining your shoe size for online orders to helping make sure you are properly fitted on your bike.”
That part could be pretty cool, to be honest. If, of course, they are able to do it right.