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funnystuff
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iPhone 8 rumors kicking up again
3D facial recognition log in
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Earlier today we saw a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stating that Apple won’t be adding the fingerprint scanner under the display. The report also said Apple will introduce a 3D face scanner in the upcoming iPhone 8. Meanwhile Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also reported that Apple is testing a similar feature to unlock the iPhone 8 with facial recognition

According to the Bloomberg report, which is based on sources familiar with the upcoming product, Apple has been testing this system on the upcoming iPhone, and it is “powered by a new 3D sensor.” The company is looking at iris scanning for unlocking the smartphone as well. The Bloomberg report notes the sensor can work even if the device “is laying flat on a table, rather than just close up to the face,” and the idea with this is to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
I remember seeing rumors of this back in January, but it looks like there is some fire to that smoke. This is a change to keep an eye on. If the recognition software is strong enough, it could create real privacy concerns for users. Apple could make loads of money selling facial recognition data to advertisers that indicate your receptiveness to various products, moving firms closer to perfect price discrimination.


Make sure you read the terms of service and privacy policy of the 8 before buying one.


TigerinATL
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Apple could make loads of money selling facial recognition data to advertisers that indicate your receptiveness to various products, moving firms closer to perfect price discrimination.



But they won't because that's not their business model. Everyone acts like all companies violate your privacy the same and they don't. They may all have access to the same amount of info, but Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Microsoft all have different monetization strategies. Google and Facebook are the only one's who's core monetization strategy is making you their product rather than their customer.

I'd be more concerned about the potential security flaws with this tech. I know Samsung's version of this tech has already been tricked by photos.


funnystuff
Member since Nov 2012
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re: iPhone 8 rumors kicking up again
Samsung's tech is a 2D facial recognition though. That would be far easier to fool with a photograph than a functioning 3D software.

And just because this hasn't historically been Apple's business model doesn't mean they won't skew that direction in the future. If they have no plans to monetize the data they collect, then I expect that to be explicitly stated in the terms of service. If they omit such a clause, it will be reason for justifiable concern.
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whodatfan
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re: iPhone 8 rumors kicking up again
#gamechanger


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Solicitor
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Just like Apple sold fingerprints used to unlock every iPhone since the 5s and health data from the Apple Watch.


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But they won't because that's not their business model. Everyone acts like all companies violate your privacy the same and they don't. They may all have access to the same amount of info, but Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Microsoft all have different monetization strategies. Google and Facebook are the only one's who's core monetization strategy is making you their product rather than their customer.

I'd be more concerned about the potential security flaws with this tech. I know Samsung's version of this tech has already been tricked by photos.


There's something about truthful, insightful Apple posts that attracts the inanest of downvotes.


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