Apple To Test 3-D Scanning For Its Next iPhone

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 04, 2017


Biometric security seems to be next wave. After the much-hyped Iris scanner security of Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple is now said to introduce face scanner to unlock iPhones.

The smartphone giant is testing an improved security system that will enable users to log in, authenticate payments and launch secure apps by scanning their faces, according to Bloomberg. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor. The company is also working on eye scanning technology to augment the system.

The sensor’s speed and accuracy are highlights of the feature. It is said that, the entire process of scanning a user’s face and unlocking the iPhone takes a few hundred milliseconds.

It can work even if the device is lying flat on a table, rather than just close up to the face. The feature is still being tested and may not appear with the new devices. It aims to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Apple came up with Touch ID in 2013 with the iPhone 5s and a year later it added support for authenticating payments and logging into the app. Apple is trying to stay competitive and offer an edge over the others in the highly competitive smartphone market. The company is looking to gain greater access in the Indian market too.

Apple’s contract manufacturer Wistron, has started assembling the iPhone SE in Bengaluru in the month of May. Indian authorities have offered tax concessions for the work encouraging more local components to be used over time.

Also with the GST implementation, and its impact of the new tax slabs is showing well on products of Apple which has slashed retail prices of its iPhones in India. The prices of Phone 7, iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE got officially cut from the company the day GST was launched, as demonstrated live on official Apple website.  

The smartphone giant has cut of prices of all its iPhone models by 4 percent. As per the price change, the iPhone 7 plus with 256 GB of storage which was earlier priced at Rs 92,000 will now cost Rs 85,400. The iPhone 6s (32 GB) will now be offered after reduction of 6 percent at Rs 46,900.

The iPhone SE which comes out of Wistron Corp, in the Bangalore facility has become cheaper by atleast 4 percent, with SE 32 GB and 128 GB models at Rs. 26,000 and Rs. 35,000 respectively as opposed to Rs. 27,200 and Rs. 37,200 earlier.