BRIEF: What Does Apple’s Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?

BRIEF: What Does Apple's Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?Apple confirmed longstanding speculation last week with its unveiling of its three new iPhone models for 2018. Like last year’s iPhone X, all of the new devices have abandoned Apple’s pioneering Touch ID fingerprint authentication system in favor of Face ID, an infrared, 3D facial recognition system. Face ID is now the sole means of biometric authentication on Apple’s iPhones, and it looks like the company will stick with this system for the foreseeable future.

So, if last year’s iPhone X had a big impact on the mobile biometrics industry, what do the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR portend? To a degree, they just signal more of the same. Here’s why:

Major players in the industry started pursuing their own 3D facial recognition technology in response to the iPhone X, and Apple’s latest devices can only reinforce that trend:

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The same goes for face scanning software, which has become more popular since last fall and is still enjoying a rising profile:

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And Apple’s rivals are still looking at another new biometric technology – in-display fingerprint scanning – as a means of differentiating themselves from the competition, even when their devices also feature Face Unlock systems:

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