New iPhone able to map your face: Report

New iPhone able to map your face: Report
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Rumours about new iPhones normally centre on the screen or processing chips.

But a new report from 9to5Mac highlighted something that could be a little controversial for Apple's next iPhone - a camera that can map your face.

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Apple may be considering a camera designed for authentication and augmented reality for its next high-end iPhone, according to a research note from Apple analyst Kuo Ming-chi of KGI Securities.

With a better sense of depth, the camera can tell how far away something is from the lens.

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It could even generate something like a 3D selfie, 9to5Mac reported.

Adding such a camera seems to be a natural next step for Apple, as it already organises iPhone photos based on the subjects it recognises in the images, reported The Washington Post.

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Experts said Apple's reported plan to use a depth-sensing camera for the feature addresses issues of people tricking facial recognition scans.

"You can get much more accurate readings. There are things that can mess with visual sensors. This sees through make-up to tissue," said Mr Chester Wisniewski of security firm Sophos.

He added that this type of camera will not be easily fooled - even a 3D-printed model of a face should not trick it.


This article was first published on Feb 25, 2017.
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