Earlier this weekend a Golden Master (supposed final build) version of iOS 11 leaked, providing several key attributes about the products Apple is expected to reveal on its big September 12 event. The leaks already suggesting name of the next-generation iPhone models, new details that emerged on the internet have brought some revelation about the Face ID and wireless charging.
While facial recognition has long been rumoured to replace the Touch ID on the upcoming iPhone X smartphone, Brazillian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo have found some additional details about the Face ID. The developer tweeted the settings and ‘preference screen’ of the all-new Face ID feature and from the setup process it appears that the feature could not only unlock the iPhone but it might also be able to confirm purchase in iTunes, App Store and autofill for Safari. Rambo notes that Apple Pay is supported, however it didn’t show up on the page likely because Apple Pay is not available in Brazil.
The developer also shared videos demonstrating the Face ID setup process. As seen on the video, once the user taps ‘Enroll Face’, the phone will ask to move their head around from side to side, it then asks to position the face within the frame. The user interface then responds by filling in a circle surrounding the user’s face. The scan once complete, the user’s face will be enrolled in the new iPhone biometric software that will enable to unlock the device, authenticate, purchase apps etc.
Face ID enrollment process (with layout issues on first page) pic.twitter.com/KczOHEy9ir
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) September 9, 2017
In a similar report, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s renowned analyst had sent out notes showing how the Face ID will work. The note spotted by AppleInsider, states that the KGI analyst have revealed the components, manufacturing process and ‘behind the scenes technology’.
As per the report, Kuo says that Apple’s system relies on four main components- a structured light transmitter, structure light receiver, front camera and time of flight/proximity sensor. The analyst further notes that the structured light sensors collect depth information which is integrated with 2D image data from the front-facing camera. Using software algorithms, the data is combined to create a ‘composite’ 3D image and the image is used for facial recognition.
Kuo also says that the ambient light sensor employed in the upcoming iPhone models will support True Tone display technology. This functionality will improve the performance of 3D sensing apparatus, Kuo notes. According to the analyst, all ‘OLED iPhone models’, will feature a black coating on the front glass to conceal the sensors.
The Cupertino tech company is widely expected to bring a radically designed tenth anniversary iPhone with nearly bezel-less display. The next-generation iPhone are said to replace LCD over OLED panels and feature vertically stacked dual rear cameras. The upcoming iPhone could also likely support wireless charging. While these are just speculations we will find out more about Apple’s new products at its September 12 event keynote.