Ask iPhone users and they’ll tell you how much they love TouchID on their phones. The fingerprint based authentication feels like magic. But now it seems that Apple might completely remove TouchID from the iPhone 8. TouchID is not only fast but it’s also highly secure. It is used for unlocking the iPhone, buying apps on AppStore, making purchases via Apple Pay, and a bunch of apps also use TouchID for authentication.
So if TouchID is going away, what will replace it?
An iOS developer had recently unearthed a wealth of information about the iPhone 8. Apart from an icon that could represent the look of the smartphone, the SDK for Apple’s upcoming speaker HomePod has also revealed a new authentication method. This is most likely the facial recognition system that will power authentication methods on the iPhone 8.
Mark Gurman, at Bloomberg, reveals that Face ID will be more secure, faster, and accurate than TouchID. His sources inside Apple have revealed details about Face ID to him. He claims Apple’s pitch this September would be that Face ID is an obvious upgrade over TouchID.
Apple’s pitch come September will be that Face ID is quicker, more secure, and more accurate than Touch ID. People inside Apple say it is.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) August 6, 2017
Apple was previously expected to include an embedded fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 8. Chinese smartphone maker Vivo had even released a proof of concept that it is all set to launch its own embedded fingerprint reader technology in smartphones. Not sure how Vivo feels right now after reports that Apple might ditch TouchID of any sort.
If Apple does indeed replace TouchID with Face ID, there’s no doubt other smartphone manufacturers will follow the lead. We’ve already seen smartphones with iris recognition based authentication systems. Previously, there was speculation in the market that Apple may still add a fingerprint reader into a slightly larger power button on the side, as a dual-authentication or a backup.
Face ID is expected to be powered by the next-generation iPhone front-facing camera. The camera is likely to feature high-level depth sensing along with algorithms that run in the background for mining facial data. Previous reports have indicated that Face ID will be fast and secure, and will work even while the device is laying flat on a surface. That’s what will make Apple Pay easier for customers.
Apart from that, Face ID will also let third party app developers add secure authentication to their apps, much like existing TouchID APIs.