Here’s what I mean. Apple plays frog and jumps forward to new technologies which are integrated into the product line. Then, the company goes into turtle mode and slowly and steadily improves the feature set. Alright, as a certified technology gadget prognosticator and part-time tech fortune teller, I can tell you what I see after Touch ID.
It’s Time To Jump Again
Nearly everyone who uses an iPhone agrees– Apple did the Touch ID fingerprint sensor right. Even Samsung agrees, though it took the company a couple of years to copy the method. Apple seems to be Samsung’s R&D arm.
Touch ID makes it drop dead simple to create a more secure device, and with that inherent security, an easier, faster, and more secure way to make purchases and use certain apps.
That’s all well and good, but when does Apple turn back into frog mode and play leap-frog to the next great thing? It doesn’t take much to figure out where this kind of personal security option is going.
Two words. Voice and face.
While not exactly trivial, voice and facial recognition options have been around for years, but are not easily integrated into popular devices as an added layer of security protection. I expect Apple’s next generation of iPhone camera technology to be sufficiently sophisticated to ensure more security– through facial recognition (perhaps even to the iris level).
Look at your iPhone, press Touch ID. With the proper configuration, iPhone’s camera will initiate and recognize both your fingerprint and face, and allow access to the phone, apps, or payment.
One more layer can be added to this security trio with little effort. Voice recognition. In the same way that Touch ID’s sensors capture your fingerprint, the built-in microphone can capture your security keyword in your own voice. Look into the iPhone’s camera, press Touch ID, and speak the security password to gain entry.
This trio of personal security could go a long way to making the iPhone almost impenetrable for thieves and government spooks. It’s time for Apple to jump into ribbit mode again.