After unlocking the iPhone and iPad with fingerprints, Apple seems to want to go even further. Indeed, theUnited States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) yesterday granted yet another patent to the Cupertino company, entitled “Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition”.
As the name suggests, this patent concerns the locking and unlocking of an iPhone using facial recognition. If an unrecognized person is using the telephone, the telephone may for example be blocked. As a reminder, this feature is already offered (less advanced) on iOS devices jailbroken for several months (read: Cydia: Appellancy, face recognition on iPhone & iPad).
It is difficult to know if Apple will equip its next iPhone with such a system, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is not yet 100% reliable (read: iPhone 6S: Touch ID better than on iPhone 6 ?). Anyway, it shows that the Californian brand is not short of ideas to improve its smartphone.