According to a new report Monday from the Korea Herald, those 3D sensors said to be coming to iPhone 8 will be capable of scanning a user’s face within the millionths of a second.

The new 3D sensors, supporting advanced facial recognition and enhanced augmented reality apps, “can deeply sense a user’s face within the millionths of a second”, as per the report.

As per the story, the sensors are found on both the front and rear in order “to realize augmented reality apps which integrate 3D virtual images with user’s environment in real time.”

The report speculates iPhone 8 won’t feature a display curved at the edges like that on Galaxy S8 even though Apple’s phone will use flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels.

“Apple is highly unlikely to follow the same design of its rival’s,” a source familiar with the matter told the publication. “Instead of the curved edge display, it will have a flat screen with bezel-less on the top and bottom alongside the two sides.”

Apple’s facial recognition should use infrared light sensors that work in complete darkness.

The new biometrics feature is said to fully support Apple Pay and even work from oblique angles, including when the device is laid flat on a table. The Cupertino company has tried but apparently failed to put a fingerprint reader under the OLED panel screen of iPhone 8 due to technical difficulties.

Image via Facebook’s DeepFace

  • Stephen Hedger

    But will it be, just like the s8 retina scanner, useless outside in bright sunshine?

    If I’m ever out and about with my s8 it usually fails and I end up using the rear Touch sensor

    If the iPhone only has this face stuff, what if it struggles in bright light?

    Back to typing in my password like its 2012 again?

    • Galaxy S8 uses dumb facial recognition that relies on 2D bitmap images recorded through the front-facing camera. This features is on a completely new level. It eschews bitmaps and uses infrared light invisible to the human eye to build an accurate 3D model of an object in any lighting environment. regular light visible to our eye won’t disrupt its operation.

      • Panameño

        sunlight is mostly infrared light.

      • Yes, but the sunlight’s infrared has a different wavelength from what’s used in infrared 3D scanning lasers

  • Jay

    Im just imagining a night vision mode in the camera and maybe and IR blaster.. probably neither will happen but one can dream..

    • Stephen Hedger

      I have the FLIR one for my iPhone! It’s a thermal plug in camera. Lets you “see” heat and you can navigate a completely pitch blank room just by looking at your phone screen.

      Also good for finding burglars hiding in your garden at night. Check it out on eBay etc.

      Oh and I have got ir blaster on my old galaxy s5.

      Such a great feature yet nobody bothers anymore. Perfect for when you can find sky remote etc.

      • :D

        Gotta keep them pesky garden burglars out huh

  • therealjjohnson

    So technically, big brother will know when “you” specifically are on your phone. Or Any iPhone. “big brother” would also be able Activate millions of phones across the land and find people based on 3D facial recognition. 1984.

  • malthalus

    So technically, big brother will know when “you” specifically are on your phone. Or Any iPhone. “big brother” would also be able Activate millions of phones across the land and find people based on 3D facial recognition. 1984.

  • Bram

    I have the FLIR one for my iPhone! It’s a thermal plug in camera. Lets you “see” heat and you can navigate a completely pitch blank room just by looking at your phone screen.Also good for finding burglars hiding in your garden at night. Check it out on eBay etc.Oh and I have got ir blaster on my old galaxy s5.Such a great feature yet nobody bothers anymore. Perfect for when you can find sky remote etc.

  • Chris Gaunt

    Probably won’t work if your face is wet.