The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in September and will likely be packed with a bunch of new hardware including facial recognition technology.
Now, a new report from the Korean Herald claims that the facial recognition technology used in the device will only take “millionths of a second” to scan a person’s face.
“The new facial recognition scanner with 3D sensors can deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second,” says the Korean Herald report, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
“Also, 3D sensors [will] be adopted for the front and rear of the device to realize AR applications, which integrate 3D virtual images with user’s environment in real time,” it adds.
Most credible sources including the Korean Herald are now claiming that Apple is going to abandon its “TouchID” fingerprint scanner in the new flagship phone, and instead replace it with new face scanning technology. The facial recognition tech is also expected to be used for Apple Pay authorization. If true, it would be a major change to the way people use their iPhones.
But as exciting as that may sound, the impending use of facial recognition technology in the iPhone has sparked concerns over the amount of time all of this will take. After all, the fingerprint scanner is already super fast and is generally more convenient than typing in a numeric code.
If the Korean Herald report is true, there’s not much to worry about here. Apple’s Touch ID took about one second to scan a finger when it first came out in 2013, and although its gotten slightly faster since then, it still won’t quite compare to the “millionths of a second” claim.
In addition, the iPhone 8 is also set to welcome wireless charging, a “copper” take on rose gold, and improved speed and efficiency.
So if you’re in the market for the iPhone 8, stop worrying about all the precious time you’ll waste trying to get into your phone. It looks like you won’t even notice a difference.