Currently, Face ID is one of the best mobile security systems in the world, but it seems that the tech giant Apple wants this biometric system even more robust. According to Apple, the possibility of a random person going beyond Face ID security is one in a million.
However, the twin problem has yet to be overcome, though, these are rare cases, but still, they do exist. Hence, to overcome this problem, Apple will take advantage of unusual and difficult-to-copy patterns of the veins that remain under our skin.
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Apple evolving its Face ID
Biometric security systems like Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID offer users protection to protect their data in a moderately easy way. As they are deliberately easy to use since the user does not need to remember passwords or any codes, as their face or fingerprint are adequately work as their account credentials.
Thought the security is effective, but, still, it is still uncertain; as we told earlier that there are few false positives, one in a million is a challenge to solve the problem. Even, there are also other techniques available that are increasingly getting refined to deceive facial identification.
Face ID to map user’s veins
Recently, in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, entitled “Vein matching for difficult biometric authentication cases,” Apple proposes that the answer be more than partial.
Exactly, Apple wants to go a few millimeters more under the skin, as it suggests that the veins could be used as an identifier. Although facial features can be easily copied, but, vein patterns differ widely between individuals, even between twins.
Here, the whole system will create a 3D map of a user’s veins using subepidermal imaging techniques, like an infrared sensor in a camera that captures patterns of irrigation and stains from infrared illuminators that illuminate the user’s face.
The arrival of this new Face ID
According to the reports, this futuristic advanced security system will not hit the market soon, at least not on this year’s iPhones. We all know very well that Apple and other tech companies submit numerous patent applications, but the ideas offer areas of interest for Apple’s research and development efforts.
But, it doesn’t mean that this will become a reality soon or appear in a future product or service. The patent enumerates its inventors as Micah P. Kalscheur and Feng Tang, and it was submitted in 2015 and revealed in February 2018.
Moreover, the tech giant Apple is also studying how a user’s palm veins can be analyzed as a part of Touch ID-style recognition. However, currently, we have only one option available is to wait and see the leaks and latest updates on this. So, stay tuned for more updates on this subject.