The iPhone 8’s Facial Recognition Could Work With Apple Pay, Reveals HomePod Firmware


The recent release of the HomePod firmware has gauged interest of various developers in digging details for the upcoming high-end flagship from Apple. While the firmware was simply part of the company's smart speaker, developers have dug deep to find more than just RAM details and display specs of the HomePod. The firmware has showered various details on the iPhone 8. Today, the HomePod operating system brings more details on the iPhone 8 - the likelihood that facial recognition will work with Apple Pay. So let's dive in to see some more details on it.

Apple To Eliminate Touch ID For Apple Pay In Favor Of Facial Recognition With The iPhone 8?

We have previously heard in the rumor mill that Apple might be working on replacing Touch ID with a facial recognition system. If that is the case, we are always curious to learn how the company will support other necessary operations requiring Touch ID. Apple Pay is one of those operations and we can question its implementation if the Touch ID is said to be entirely eliminated.

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We have already seen in the previous HomePod firmware findings that Apple is working on facial recognition technology for the iPhone 8. Now, the codebase in the HomePod firmware is suggesting that Apple might use a face scan to authenticate Touch ID payments.

iOS developer, @r_idn has found a string in the pre-released HomePod firmware. The string points at two references to ''pearl.field-detect'' and pearl.pre-arm" in the other payment verification data. We have also learnt in the past findings that Apple could potentially call facial recognition as Pearl ID, instead of Face ID. However, these are mere speculations at this point. In addition to this, the current implementation seems incomplete as pearl is mentioned under presentation instead of authentication.

At this point in time, we're not quite sure if Apple will really eliminate Touch ID. If the company decides to go with the so-called Pearl ID, rumors have suggested that facial recognition capture more data of an individual, whereby making it more secure than fingerprint security. So how will Apple Pay authenticate purchases? As it can be presumed, user's face will be scanned for authentication.

HomePod firmware's previous findings have also shared a glyph of the iPhone 8, which looks more or less the same as suggested by earlier leaks - a bezel-less design with a camera notch at the top incorporating various sensors and more. There are other aspects shared as well, so do check them out as well. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more.

This is it for now, folks. What are your views on a facial recognition mechanism to authenticate Apple Pay transactions? Share your views with us in the comments.

News Source: MacRumors