I'm a firm believer in the notion that for better or worse technology is an integral part of our society and regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, it's here to stay, bitches. This is especially evident when it comes to the nature of smartphones and the ever-changing consumer market that has brought us the convenience of a GPS, camera, telephone, gaming console—really, you name it, a smartphone can do it—to our very fingertips.
My only concern is the motive behind this particular 3D facial recognition/scanning software. I don't necessarily understand the NEED for it. If the ability to scan an iris is already in the works and the whole fingerprint thing has been implemented for awhile. Why the whole face? Maybe I'm just being paranoid. I'm not a conspiracy theory junkie by nature, but this just seems fishy! I don't know, don't listen to me! Form your own opinions, people.
According to Mic—"Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing this technology so users can “log in, authenticate payments and launch secure apps by scanning their face.” Citing unnamed sources, the report says a new 3-D sensor is behind the technology, which is currently “in development,” and can scan a face and unlock an iPhone in a few hundred milliseconds. The sensor is rumored to have 3-D depth perception — this means a 2-D picture can’t fool the security system."
"Steve Troughton-Smith found references to infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit, the framework behind Touch ID. Codenamed Pearl ID, the feature should let you unlock your iPhone in the dark, even if you’re looking at your phone from a weird angle with your face partially blocked."
iOS developer, Guilherme Rambo did some investigation of the HomePod as well, yielding important design information that will hopefully keep consumers at bay until the damn thing finally hits shelves—
"Rambo found an icon representing the upcoming iPhone in the HomePod firmware. The new phone is currently codenamed D22, and you can find this icon in the Apple Pay framework. It confirms previous leaks and the cutout at the top, but this time it’s coming straight from Apple’s servers."