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A closer look at the iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature

Regardless of whether or not the iPhone 8 will feature Touch ID, it’s all but guaranteed that the device will feature facial recognition technology.
Over the past few weeks and months, word that the iPhone 8 will incorporate facial recognition has been corroborated by a number of credible sources, not to mention an endless stream of iPhone 8 parts leaks featuring discernible cutouts for additional camera sensors on the front panel of the device. That being the case, we thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at what the iPhone 8’s facial recognition system will likely bring to the table, from both a performance and security perspective. While Apple tends to keep upcoming technologies and features under lock and key, its upcoming facial recognition software will likely be based on technology it acquired when it purchased an Israeli machine learning company called Realface earlier this year. Consequently, a close examination of Realface’s cutting edge technology can provide us with a number of significant clues as to what we can expect out of the highly anticipated iPhone 8. While facial recognition software in and of itself isn’t anything new, Realface’s implementation is completely novel and perhaps more advanced than anything else available in the mobile space. Whereas the facial recognition software you might find on a Samsung Galaxy flagship relies upon a 2D map of a person’s face — which makes it relatively easy to fool — Realface’s technology creates a 3D representation of a person’s face for an added layer of accuracy and security. On its now defunct website, the company boasted that its software — which it touted as “anti-spoof face recognition” — can deliver accurate results incredibly quickly thanks to its proprietary algorithms and deep learning methods.
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