Apple’s new technologies with an eye on the pandemic as in the case of the iPhone 13
Apple used its Face ID technology to demonstrate the ability of its top-of-the-line iPhone 13 to deal with goggles and masks during the pandemic. At the moment, it’s being tested on Apple’s own employees. This technology will enable the thirteenth model of the smartphone to recognize faces with protective masks and glasses on, even with foggy lenses.
Insiders report that Cupertino experts positioned the front camera a bit differently from the current iPhone models. In addition, Apple provided its employees with a specially designed case. It’s intended to test the new Face ID technology on the iPhone 12. It’s perfectly fitted to the device. Once activated, the tested device is completely ready for biometric authentication. Such an unexpected decision allowed Apple to eek to pre-empt and carry out a large-scale test of the next-generation Face ID without releasing the iPhone 13 itself.
How did they do it? It is reported that the tests were sometimes carried out with masks and glasses on, sometimes following a “simplified approach”, only with masks on. For fairness purposes, Apple recommended its employees to test the technology in the open air and in different rooms. Moreover, glasses and masks of different configurations and styles were used for the testing.
The idea behind this is clear: to test new technology applicable in times of pandemic. Apple wanted to address some inconveniences expressed by users about wearing masks when unlocking an iPhone. This is not an easy task, because there are certain risks affecting confidentiality.
An insider portal has published several renderings on the background of an iPhone 12 image explaining the functionality of the special case. They did not provide any “live” pictures as, allegedly, the covers had some identifying marks. Besides, Apple is always tough about any leaks from its camp.
What are the other facts about the new technology? The location of the sensors in the id matrix of the iPhone 13 is different compared to those in the earlier iPhone models. The front camera has now moved from the right side to the left. The speaker has also undergone some transformations. They are no longer in the middle of the module but shifted upward. All these “body movements” had only one purpose: to make the design of the new brainchild of the Cupertino giant even more slim and stylish.