Apple is currently testing new Face ID hardware for the iPhone 13 lineup that will work with face masks and even foggy glasses, according to the report. The next-generation facial recognition technology from the Cupertino-based company, which was rumored to be located under a smaller notch, also has a different selfie camera position. This suggests that the selfie camera may be positioned differently in iPhone 13 models than in existing iPhone models.
FrontPageTech.com reports that Apple provided its employees with a special case so that they can test the new Face ID array on their iPhone 12. The case is said to fit snugly on the iPhone 12, and once plugged in, it will use the array as its default source. for biometric authentication. This could allow Apple to test next-generation Face ID hardware on a large scale without releasing the unreleased iPhone 13.
Apple reportedly asked its participating employees to wear masks and goggles to test new equipment. In some cases, the tests are said to be carried out either with masks or with masks and glasses on the face. Apple has reportedly also asked employees to use the technology indoors and outdoors, as well as with different styles and shapes of masks and goggles.
The purpose of this study is clear – to test how the new Face ID will perform in a scenario where people are wearing masks. Apple tried to solve users’ concerns about unlocking iPhone with masks by letting the Apple Watch work for the process. However, this feature makes the Apple Watch mandatory and carries privacy risks as it bypasses biometric authentication entirely.
Apple reportedly also tested the built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor as an alternative to Face ID, but that option was reportedly dropped and left aside for a future iPhone model.
FrontPageTech.com has provided several renders based on live images to show how the custom case works with the iPhone 12. However, it avoids showing live images as the cases are said to have identification marks to prevent leaks.
The Face ID array for the iPhone 13 is also reported to have a different sensor layout compared to what we have on the current-generation iPhone models. It is reported that instead of holding the selfie camera on the right side, it has been moved to the left. The speaker has also been biased upward rather than in the middle of the module. These changes may be aimed at narrowing the design of the new iPhone models.