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Will Apple’s new face recognition replace fingerprint verification?

by CK Lu  |  September 27, 2017  |  Submit a Comment

In its recent iPhone X announcement, Apple introduced the TrueDepth camera for use in various applications including Face ID, Animoji, Apple Pay and selfies.

3D sensing technology is the next big thing on smartphones for three reasons.

  1. The tech offers smartphone users a more convenient and accurate option for unlocking their phones; on average, the success-rate of fingerprint authentication is about 75%, due to common contaminants like sweat, lotion, and condensation.
  2. 3D sensing of users’ faces provides better security than passwords and most biometrics. It is highly resistant to spoofing attacks from photos, video and mannequins.
  3. The technology is also able to continuously confirm the user not just at login but as he/she uses the device. This opens up interesting new UI applications such as the smartphone showing me message previews when I look at it, and when I pass my phone to show a photo to a friend, swiping to other photos can be disabled.

Together this may mark the beginning of the end of this era of ‘spoofable’ security solutions; with the ease of hacking fingerprint sensors using household items like gummi bears and tape, spoof proofing is a critical requirement for any new solutions. As a result, 2D image verification will likely disappear as a security solution in the next few years.

By 2019, all premium smartphones will support face recognition based on 3D sensing camera technology.

CK

Category: personal-technology  

CK Lu
Research Director
8 years at Gartner
15 years IT Industry

CK Lu is part of the Personal Technologies group based in Taipei, Taiwan. He supports both IT providers and users to grow, evolve and innovate the business by providing advisory services for emerging technologies and business models related to devices, smartphones, wearables, biometrics, connected home, smart city and conversational AI Read Full Bio




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