Apple is allegedly working on a new Face ID that could be accessed even when the user is wearing a face mask or have foggy glasses. When could it arrive?
Apple could be working on a new Face ID version, which allegedly works even when the iPhone user is wearing a face mask. Aside from this, various rumors and speculations also claimed that the new smartphone identification function could also be activated even when your glasses are foggy.
This could be a major advancement in Apple’s next-generation iPhone models since most consumers wear face coverings when they are in the public. On the other hand, those who have bad eye sights could also greatly benefit from the new Face ID version since face masks usually make specs foggy because of the trapped air.
Unlike other rumors, it seems like this new Face ID model is really in development since the one who leaked it is Jon Prosser, one of the most reliable Apple insiders in the industry. He said that the giant developer might have “developed new Face ID hardware that they are currently testing with a COVID-like landscape in mind, according to sources.”
Prosser added that “Apple has developed a prototype case that fits around iPhone 12 that they are using to test a new Face ID array. The case fits snug around the phone, with a very visible extra sensor array sitting above the device.”
New Face ID Could Work With Face Masks, Foggy Glasses
Prosser explained that the new Apple Face ID version inside the prototype case is narrower than the array usually found inside the iPhone 12. On the other hand, he added that it has a camera located on the left side of the screen. This allows us to further speculate that the array inside the prototype is that of the iPhone 13.
To allow Apple fans to have a better idea about the new Apple Face ID version that is coming to them, the leaker decided to combine the photos and videos he acquired to make 3D renders, which efficiently represent the new feature. He added that based on the CADs he obtained, the front-facing camera location within the array is now on the left side of the notch, rather than the right side as it is on iPhone 12.
As of the moment, likely, Apple is already testing the new Face ID feature in some of its next-gen iPhone models, especially since most of the company’s employees are now required to wear masks and glasses because of the ongoing pandemic. John explained that the company might have conducting experiments with masks on and off, as well as glasses on and off.
The new testing of the tech giant firm indicates that the Face ID array within the prototype has the ability to authenticate and unlock an iPhone without the aid of an Apple Watch. Back in April, still in the middle of a global pandemic that required the public to wear face masks, the giant tech developer released a software solution to the problem everyone was encountering, which is specifically with Face ID not working because of your mask.