January 19, 2017 -
Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri recently wrote in a research note distributed to clients that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, expected in September, will feature a front-facing sensor that will be used for facial and gesture recognition features, according to an analyst cited in a report by 9 to 5 Mac.
Arcuri states that the new iPhone model will “include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera”, as well as Touch ID embedded in the display.
He also shared his predictions that the iPhone 8 will see a record number of shipments following the smartphone’s recent decline.
While Apple has previously deployed facial recognition through machine learning in its software, most notably in Photos, the technology Arcuri details in the research note has never been featured in an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
This also marks one of the first cases where the facial and gesture recognition feature has been rumored for the iPhone 8.
If the rumoured feature is included in the new iPhone, Apple may decide to use it in concert with Touch ID for an extra layer of security or for augmented reality purposes as Apple CEO Tim Cook recently hinted.
Last month, Apple published its first research paper describing the process of creating realistic fake images—mostly of humans—to train facial recognition artificial intelligence (AI)