Apple Acquires Facial Recognition Firm – iPhone 8 Iris Scanner Rumor Alive Again
Apple’s iPhone 8 has been rumored to feature a lot of upgrades on the inside, with one of them claiming that the Touch ID fingerprint reader is going to be replaced with iris scanning technology. According to the latest, the California-based giant has reportedly acquired a company that is an expert on facial recognition thus confirming to an extent that the upcoming phone is going to feature iris scanning tech when it gets announced during September.
RealFace Has Reportedly Been Acquired by Apple – Company Was Formed in 2014
RealFace, according to the Times of Israel was formed back in 2014, and for a company that has a cash stockpile of $246 billion, Apple probably didn’t even feel the sting of reportedly paying $2 million for the firm. For those that don’t know about RealFace, it had earlier developed an app that would mathematically determine the user's best photos using its in-house facial recognition software. So what purpose could have led Apple to acquire the nascent facial recognition company? Its software.
RealFace software provides ‘frictionless face recognition’ directly on a relatively low-powered device such as the iPhone. RealFace claims that it offers customers a smart biometric log-in solution for mobile deployment. Seeing as how this would be the ideal acquisition for Apple to begin working on the facial recognition for the iPhone 8, we’d say that the rumors related to the upcoming smartphone have started to give us more hope for its brand new technology. In terms of manpower, the company is small and employs between 5-10 people.
In addition to being rumored to feature an iris scanner, the iPhone 8 will reportedly provide support for wireless charging while transitioning to an OLED display. This will result in higher brightness when you’re outdoors although several reports have stated that because of the new changes expected to come from both the inside and outside, consumers might have to pay upwards of $1,000 for the next-gen iPhone.