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Apple tests 3D facial recognition for upcoming iPhone

Apple is testing an improved security process to unlock the next iPhone and authenticate payments

Apple iPhone 8 leak pictured.
Apple iPhone 8 leak pictured.

Apple is reportedly testing 3D facial recognition as a way to unlock the next iPhone, replacing the current Touch ID fingerprint authentication method.

According to Bloomberg Apple is testing an improved security process enabling users to access their iPhone, approve payments and launch apps, all by the scan of their face.

Sources close to the matter, who asked not to be identified, told Bloomberg that the new, improved security feature is powered by a 3D sensor and that Apple are also testing eye scanning to augment the system.

Bloomberg also reported that the upcoming iPhones may feature the ProMotion display technology which sees a high refresh rate capable of reducing motion blur when scrolling and the Apple Neural Engine chip for artificial intelligence functionality.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also provided predictions for the upcoming OLED iPhone 8 and updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Kuo said that the iPhone 8 will be the highest screen-to-body ratio device available on the market and it will not feature a Touch ID fingerprint authentication sensor at all.

He said: "We predict the OLED model won't support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn't work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges."

The upcoming iPhone release marks Apple's biggest upgrade to date due to its potential change in design and enhanced features.

Apple iPhones generate almost two-thirds of Apple's sales and is a focal point for all of Apple's other products.

As always with leaks these claims have not been confirmed by Apple. With 10 weeks until the launch, we will have to wait and see.