He also asked Cook to explain how the company would respond to law enforcement requests for either faceprints or the Face ID technology. Now, Apple’s facing an inquiry from the Senate about the possible privacy impact of Face ID. The feature is actually simple to set up and it works by enabling the TrueDepth camera. The Dot projector paints your face with something like tiny lasers.
Apple also calls out a Flood Illuminator. “Many facial recognition systems have a higher rate of error when tested for accuracy in identifying people of color, ” U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wrote in a September 13 letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, as he sought reassurances on a number of concerns related to Face ID. It does not only give the phone a different look but also takes away a function that is proven useful to many.
APPLE has launched its “biggest leap forward” since the iPhone with its brand new iPhone X. More insights can only be gained once the iPhone X starts selling in the markets and when more people will be able to use this feature. That shouldn’t be a surprise, since Apple acquired PrimeSense, which developed the structured light sensor for the original Kinect, in 2013. But we’ll have to wait for a review to find out if the system works like it’s supposed to. It has been more suitable for the always-on Kinect, or for laptops, than for a battery-powered iPhone with a tiny area for sensors.
Mobile devices continue their march toward becoming powerful productivity machines.
Getting a depth estimate for portions of a scene is only the beginning of what’s required for Apple’s implementation of secure facial recognition and Animojis. Dempsey said the 2014 Supreme Court case Riley v. California, which says warrantless searches of cell phones are unconstitutional, would apply to facial recognition. Few years before, Sharp introduced its Aquos series with no bezels on three sides of the display, although these were limited to Japan mostly (they were also a contract-free alternative in the US). Once the set-up is complete, Face ID matches its existing facial map to identify the user with every log-in attempt. Now the Cupertino giant seems to have cleared the air by confirming to reporters that Face ID is limited to one face.
KitGuru Says: I’m sure many of you have ideas of horror stories in your head over Face ID, similar to when Touch ID was first released. Apple’s current Touch ID has been the system in place for users with iPhone 5S or higher, fifth generation iPads, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 or later, allowing them log in with their fingerprint by placing their finger on the “Home” button. Decided against the X for now as I’m not sure how I feel about face ID yet.
Apple promises there’s a one in a million chance of the wrong person unlocking your phone with their face. This contrasts with one in 50,000 for TouchID, so that’s a factor of 20 improvement. It then prompted concerns that it might make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone.