Facial recognition is getting popular

“Is facial recognition our next infrastructure?” This question seemed silly 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. Even though Face ID was very popular in China, a lot of people across the globe were worrying about new technology in terms of privacy. However, Face ID becomes popular in some countries such as Denmark, Nigeria and the United States of America. PopID is an American startup to take advantage of facial recognition and it aims to make our life more convenient. In fact, generation Z is tech savvy and younger people are likely to accept new technologies without hesitation compared to older generations. Even if younger generation are asked whether they concern their privacy or not, young people might answer “Our smartphones have already recognize our faces, and our faces are already uploaded all over the Internet. Therefore, there is no huge difference whether we use Face ID or not. We think it is faster and more convenient to use new technologies in our life.”

In fact, data show that the facial recognition hardware such as Face ID on an iPhone will be popular form of smartphone biometric hardware. The number of shipment will be from about 96 million smartphones in 2019 to more than 800 million in 2024.

Wearing masks leads to a new challenge

The pandemic has changed our perception about wearing masks. For instance, some European people complained to Asian travelers in airports in February 2020, just because they were wearing masks. At that time, some European people thought that wearing masks meant people had symptoms. However, this perception is totally changed. Whether we like to do or not, some countries and regions make it mandatory for us to wear masks. As a result, Face ID also faces a new challenge: How do the technology recognize each person when s/he wears a mask?

New update in iPhone take steps forward

The next update to the iPhone operating system will let owners use a face scan to unlock their products even when they wear a mask. Of course, there is still a developing stage, and in fact, the new update has some restrictions. Users need to be wearing one of Apple’s more recent smartwatches such as Apple Watch Series 3 or later. Users are required to unlock these products to provide an extra level of security.

This is a big step because Apple always consider iPhone security system seriously. Even though a new feature has limitations, it does show the direction that Face ID becomes popular in 2020s.