Few technology gadget makers have a reputation for implementing new features and functions as well as Apple. Touch ID might be the perfect example because it married convenience and security. Long passwords are not convenient. A fingerprint scanner is.
Face ID made the marriage even better and added more features. What bothers me about such convenience and security is how slow Apple has been to move the technology to the Mac. What is taking so long?
The Holy Trinity
Low end iPads have Touch ID. The MacBook Air and certain MacBook Pro models have Touch ID’s fingerprint scanner technology. Face ID seems to be worthy of a professional level price tag and only shows up in Apple’s more expensive iPhone and iPad Pro models.
What I want to see and what Apple is capable of doing is what I’m going to call The Holy Trinity of Privacy and Security. Fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and voice identification.
Wait. Isn’t Touch ID dead? Or, at least, it’s relegated to the less expensive pieces of Apple’s major hardware. As it turns out, Apple might be looking toward that Trinity as the Holy Grail of privacy and security, first with a new patent for Touch ID that works through the display, rather than the traditional Home button.
Think of an iPhone or iPad with Face ID, and a built-in Touch ID where all you have to do is touch the display to have it recognize your fingerprint. Patently Apple, as usual, has the patent details.
Touch ID lives, and could live with Face ID in future products. What’s missing? The third leg of the Trinity. Voice recognition. Fortunately, that technology already exists but not to a level where Apple seems satisfied it could work to unlock devices as well as Touch ID and Face ID.
Allow me to up the ante with a little homegrown hype. Touch ID, Face ID, and Voice ID. For iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Customers could use all three to unlock devices, in sequence or random. Voice ID could be tuned to accept a specific voice or specific keyword phrase to unlock. Having the three technologies work in concert would make the total greater than the sum of the parts.
- Siri, unlock my iPhone
- Siri, answer the phone
- Siri, ignore Face ID
- Siri, ignore Touch ID
The technology already exists for future Apple products to incorporate all three of the Holy Trinity of Security features, so what keeps Apple from further differentiating their hardware from competitors? Voice recognition technology has been around for decades but has yet to be developed sufficiently to become as accurate and dependable as Touch ID or even Face ID. But in concert with the latter two, Apple would have what competitors do not.
The Holy Trinity.