Report: Apple iPhone 8 sensor will handle facial recognition while lying flat on a desk
Last week, a major code break found in Apple's HomePad smart speaker revealed that the facial recognition system nicknamed "Pearl" will be able to do its thing even while the new handset is lying flat on a table. This means that an iPhone 8 user won't have to pick the phone off of a table and aim the sensor at the user's eyes. Code spotted in the leak contains several references to the word "resting."
Earlier this year, KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo called the front-facing camera on the Apple iPhone 8 "revolutionary," noting that the component would be employed for face recognition. That same month, it was disclosed that Apple had purchased Israeli tech firm RealFace. The latter's facial recognition system is said to be so sensitive that it can tell apart the faces belonging to identical twins.
Kuo, who has an admirable record predicting the new features expected to land on new iPhone models, has been all along calling for Apple to replace Touch ID with face recognition for the tenth anniversary premium iPhone. In addition to handling the facial recognition chores, the revolutionary front facing snapper will also be able to handle depth of field data in order to create the desired blur (or bokeh) look using a dedicated infrared transmitter and receiver.
source: iHelpBR (translated) via AppleInsider