The news has spurred rumours that Apple is planning to either replace or complement its current Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
If true, the tech is expected to be powered by a new 3D sensor and will be used to provide additional security for users.
According to a Bloomberg report, the face-scanning tech could also allow iPhone users to log in, authenticate payments, and unlock secure apps.
I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere pic.twitter.com/yLsgCx7OTZ
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) July 31, 2017
The iPhone 8 is expected to be announced by Apple in September.
Samsung currently offers similar face recognition technology, having added it to its Galaxy S8 model.
If Apple does add the technology, then app developers would likely soon be able to implement this technology into iOS apps, perhaps paving the way for the introduction of facial recognition measures to be used with online dating apps.
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