According to people familiar with the upcoming iPhone who spoke to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a future that will let you unlock its smartphone using your face rather than a fingerprint. The feature is expected to be rolled into the 10th anniversary iPhone and will also allow the user to authenticate payments, launch secure apps, and more.
The people who spoke to Bloomberg (on the condition of anonymity) also said that the technology will be powered by a new 3D sensor and will be augmented ted by an eye scanning system.
3D facial technology in smartphones is not new—my Samsung Nexus from a few years back let me unlock my phone by scanning my face—but this would be the first time Apple opted to include high-powered 3D scanning sensors in its smartphone. Bloomberg’s source said that because the technology is still in development it’s possible it won’t be ready in time for the new iPhone, but the plan is for the new facial recognition technology to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which was introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013.