Apple bought Primesense, an infrared sensor company back in 2013. Their sensors have not had much of a role in any of Apple’s products yet. This is a clear sign that the rumors could be true.
If that is so, we will soon be unlocking our phones with simple facial scans. With the same infrared sensor technology, we might soon see Apple products with gesture recognition like the mysterious glasses project.
The simplest question right now would be, what’s new when iPhone already has the facial recognition feature that categorizes our photos according to people in them? Well, this system is entirely different from the internal facial recognition and employs infrared sensor technology for facial scan and recognition.
In a note written by analyst Timothy Arcuri, more features are described that can be expected in the next iPhone. The note states, “Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging.”
In October 2016, Apple announced that they suffered their first sales decline since 2011, particularly in iPhones. So, whatever are the new features in the upcoming iPhone expected to launch in September 2017, we can expect them to be headline worthy.