Changes Speculated For Touch ID and iPhone Screen Design

Apple may be making changes to the screen and biometric security measures on its new iPhone.

According to a report by KGI Securities, Apple may do away with its Touch ID system to streamline the phone’s design. The new iPhone, which Apple plans to release this year, might not have a bezel, the metal casing in which the screen sits. Instead, the face of the phone will feature a full-screen Organic LED (OLED) display.

Since the home button could be removed to make room for the screen, Apple may be introducing new bio-recognition security to either complement or replace Touch ID. Based on the patents Apple has filed in 2016, KGI believes that Apple will introduce a facial recognition system that users can use to long into their device.

However, there are technical hurdles the phone maker must overcome to implement such a feature. These include: developing an algorithm capable of mapping and recognizing the human face, incorporating the necessary hardware into the device while maintaining design integrity, and creating a database for verification and authentication information. This last challenge may prove especially difficult as building such a database will take time, and Apple will need to properly secure this information to prevent identity theft.

From a consumer perspective, changes to the iPhone’s design and login process could prove to be attractive and convenient. The removal of the bezel might excite tech-focused consumers, and the full screen could provide a better surface for using apps and watching videos. Moving away from Touch ID has the potential to make logging in easier as well, since the fingerprint reader can be easily obscured by gloves or even water. However, this facial recognition feature must be successfully implemented. Apple must successfully address privacy and security concerns with storing more advanced biometric information, and Apple should ensure the shift away from Touch ID is a smoother transition than the one away from the headphone jack.


Read the article from The Verge for more.

Photo credit: Apple.

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