Popular security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has just published a report in which he emphasizes that in addition to counting innovative biometric identification technologies and numerous modifications in its appearance and structure, the iPhone 8 will incorporate a Touch ID in two steps, so Which together with laser face recognition, will make the iPhone 8 the safest smartphone on the market.
In fact, Apple’s plans are much more ambitious. The idea is to upgrade the existing FPCB sensor in the iPhone 7 using instead a film-type sensor, whose sensitivity is greater, so that the user experience in 3D Touch. Given that the future screen will be a flexible plastic OLED, Cupertino will have to squeeze the head to properly manage the pressure, although its stainless steel interior can help in that task.
This new Touch ID technology will adapt to your full screen without borders, making the iPhone an even safer smartphone, especially considering the growing trend to use the fingerprint for payments. The current Touch ID design integrated under the screen glass does not meet the form factor requirements of the new iPhone 8.
So the solution that has occurred to those of Cupertino is none other than to move from a capacitive reader to an optical one. This type of technology is still in experimental stages, adding a challenge to manufacturers of the flexible OLED display. With the launch scheduled for September, time flies.
But let’s not fool ourselves, it is quite likely that Touch ID fingerprint technology will have days counted to the detriment of facial recognition system or iris, both theoretically much safer. Given the challenge this entails, it is likely that the next iPhone will integrate a combination of the two, namely fingerprint and facial recognition.
Seeing the last steps taken by Apple, Kuo seems to be right. However today it is difficult to think of a single recognition of facial type because of the challenge of combining algorithms, modifications in the hardware design and the database for verification and authentication.
For this reason, the simplest thing at the moment is to implement Touch ID technology with two steps, applying a technology already developed, but going a step further in security. How will it be strengthened? Today is a mystery.