Jon Prosser, writing for Front Page Tech has published a new claim that is sure to be welcomed by iPhone users. Prosser claims that Apple has been testing Face ID upgrade for iPhone 13.
Prosser cites internal sources in reporting that the iPhone 13 will feature an upgraded Face ID facial recognition sensor that’s tuned to identify a match even when a mask or glasses are worn. He also said that Apple employees tested the feature with glasses and masks.
Apple employees are asked to wear glasses and masks to test new hardware internally. Some tests are done with masks on/off. Some tests are done with glasses on/off while wearing masks.
We have been told that testing is thorough and includes indoor and outdoor tests. These include all types of eyeglasses and masks.
Apple may be retraining its neural network to recognize you using Face ID. This is possible because Apple knows which parts of your face aren’t exposed. This could prove to be a difficult task given the importance of Face ID as a biometric security option to a passcode. This could lead to the iPhone 13 hardware not mentioning Face ID until it is ready for prime-time.
Mask wearing has become a global trend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple has designed features to help with Face ID’s inability recognize masks. iPhone users who wear an Apple Watch can optionally bypass Face ID if the Apple Watch with a passcode detects its presence on your wrist. However, not all iPhone users wear an Apple Watch. Therefore, redesigning Face ID to suit our new masked world would be a benefit for everyone.
Apple will unveil the iPhone 13 within a few weeks, along with the iOS 15 shipping version. Face ID will be a selling point for the new iPhone. If not, this rumor could keep us waiting.