Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. Guilherme Rambo has been digging around a library file to spot strings and references that hint at future products and features. In the code, he found that the iPhone 8 will automatically silence notifications if it finds that the user is staring at the screen, courtesy the facial unlocking sensor at the front. The latest scoop from the Center City-based technology journalist is causing a lot of buzz among Apple fans.
What's not so clear is the fate of the Touch ID sensor it housed. While being able to register multiple digits is logical for a fingerprint scanner-based system, for using both hands and multiple fingers in different scenarios for unlocking the phone, the same can not be said of faces for a single-user device such as an iPhone.
Today's news is a bit surprising as it means that your iPhone is going to track your face at all times. The leak states that when the user is looking directly at the device, it will silence notifications completely. However, that is not the only thing the 3D sensor could be used for. If you are accessing this news story on another domain, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of USA & worldwide copyright & trademark laws.
Similarly, password managers, banking apps, file management apps and other sensitive apps have been using Touch ID as an additional security layer.
"The entire face of the phone, nearly, is taken up by the screen".
"Fingerprint scanning, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding payment solution Apple Pay, needs to be fault-free".
While Apple continues to refrain from either confirming or debunking these reports, the company's own software has given this speculation its stamp of approval.
With so much attention naturally directed at the iPhone 8, it's easy to forget that Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup will consist of not one, but three new devices. Many are awaiting the coming of September when the two titans would collide. The company seems to be focused on adding many new features to the device to make it special. The current scanner, introduced with the iPhone 5S back in 2013, supported multiple finger scans that were stored in the device's secure enclave.