You might be able to unlock the iPhone 8 with your face

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You may be able to unlock your iPhone 8 without even lifting a finger with rumours suggesting that Apple may replace Touch ID with facial recognition.

To achieve this the device would have a front-facing 3D laser scanner that would detect the user’s face which would provide first-class security.

These latest rumours were revealed to the MacRumors site by Rod Hall, a JP Morgan analyst.

There have been plenty of rumours suggesting that the Home button will be eliminated and replacing Touch ID would make more room for the edge-to-edge screen.

The cutting-edge technology that is rumoured to be included on the new device including the 3D scanner, OLED display and wireless charging will significantly increase costs and the iPhone 8 is expected to retail for around US$1000 (THB35,000) – making it Apple’s most expensive handset ever produced.

Facial recognition, Hall pointed out, will reduce the frustration associated Touch ID failing to work in wet conditions.

He also said that it will improve security for apps such as Apple Pay. The note given to MacRumors also suggested that the 3D could be used for other applications, such as augmented reality.

“One obvious and potentially most compelling use would be AR/VR experiences in which the user’s hands and other real world objects are being scanned and integrated into a field of view provided by the iPhone mounted into a Google Daydream-like headset,” Hall wrote in the note.

“This would open up many interesting entertainment and gaming experiences not available today and might give Apple something extra in an AR/VR accessory compared to Google and others.”

Hall also believes that a 3D scanning API could be on the horizon for developers, which could use it to do “everything from determining your shoe size for online orders to helping make sure you are properly fitted on your bike.”

Apple could announce the release of the new device as early as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5.

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