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Apple: patent to unlock iPhone with selfie

Brevet deverrouillage selfie - Apple : un brevet pour déverrouiller un iPhone avec un selfie

Brevet deverrouillage selfie - Apple : un brevet pour déverrouiller un iPhone avec un selfie

Apple

Posted: July 8 2015
Updated: July 8, 2015

by Mehdi

Apple has just filed a new patent with theUSPTO. This is a diagram illustrating the unlocking an iPhone using a selfie, in other words, using facial recognition. The past has shown us that this method is not very secure, or even fully functional. Indeed, several other manufacturers have already used it before the Apple, and users have not been completely satisfied. Samsung can testify…

Selfie unlocking patent - Apple: a patent to unlock an iPhone with a selfieThe face is one of the parts of the body most likely to evolve. From changing haircuts to tanning, including accessories such as hats, caps or glasses, unlocking by selfie may impose more constraints on the user than it facilitates access to his smartphone. On the other hand, the security of this technology is not really there until now.

It is very easy to access a telephone protected by this mechanism, by thwarting it fairly quickly. Just find a photo very identical to the one recorded at the very beginning by the owner of the device, and have it analyzed by the photo sensor. Most of the time, this method works on current systems. If Apple chooses to integrate the unlocking by facial recognition to its iPhone, it will be necessary that all these flaws are plugged. Otherwise, it could again be a failure.