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Will infrared scanners replace fingerprint sensors on phones?

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Will infrared scanners replace fingerprint sensors on phones?

The iPhone 8 is around the corner and there have been many rumours regarding thef security features being incorporated in the device. This is due to the fact that Bloomberg determined that Apple doesn’t plan on using the traditional fingerprint scanner in its phone. The phone will be bezel-less and the display will cover the entire front view of the iPhone 8 according to rumours.

What Next?

So what will the fingerprint scanner be replaced with? There was a lot of talk that perhaps Apple may follow the Sony route and put up the scanner on the power button on the side. This however, isn’t the way Apple likes to do things. Apple likes to be a trendsetter – it has demonstrated this throughout the years after introducing dual cameras and taking away the 3.5 mm Jack.

It is being rumoured by a report of Bloomberg that Apple may infact deploy the very first 3D recognition technology in its latest iPhone as a security mechanism which uses infrared sensors to detect the face rather than light, which is used by traditional cameras.

Better Displays

The report also believes the new iPhones could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI. ProMotion displays are capable of updating at a higher refresh rate which dramatically reduces motion blur especially when scrolling. This can be used to detect infrared sensors for unlocking the phone.

It appears as though the smartphones are shifting towards a trend of unlocking their phones using facial recognition technology. Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the first who tried this feature on a secure platform provided by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. However, the technology on the phone as it turned out, could be fooled as easily as putting a photo of the user in front of the camera. This was due to the fact that Samsung wasn’t deploying infrared sensors or 3D face modelling technology to detect whether the object was a photo or a real person.

It isn’t generally required for a phone to possess high specifications. There is also the method where you can run the best face recognition technology on mobile as a client-server – where the client (mobile device) captures the face, and the server runs the matching.

And with mobile devices getting more powerful every month, you can even run the whole matching process on the device without an external server (Depending on the application type).

Facial Recognition On Android

There is more to it as well. Face recognition using infrared technology is perhaps the future of security handling on the phones as even HTC and LG have filed patents for the usage of this technology. It remains to be seen how progressive this technology can become. If does infact become common, new security features like retina or iris scanning may also be in the works of development to provide an even safer method of phone unlocking.