The latest rumor from eagle-eyed Apple fans is that a future version of the phone will feature facial-recognition software which will be implemented as a security feature. With concern over personal security and privacy on the rise, this technology seems like the next logical step following the release of the iPhone 5s and its TouchID fingerprint sensor.
The rumors swirling around Apple’s facial recognition technology all come from one source- a patent which has been awarded to the company. AppleInsider noted that the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the technology giant a patent for “personal computing device control using face detection and recognition.”
This new patent covers both detection and recognition, two separate processes which could have more functions than simple security measures. The patent included a face detection application, a control application and a recognition application, all of which will likely work in sync with one another to detect authorized device users.
If Apple does truly utilize this technology in coming iPhone models, users may be able to allow different apps or content to be viewable to different users, depending on whether they are authorized or not. For example, if someone were authorized to view the phone, but not the emails, facial recognition would recognize the user and prevent secure content from showing on the screen.