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Apple iPhone 8 tipped to get face-recognition technology

Rod Chester, February 22, 2017 5:45PM Herald Sun

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APPLE seems set to step up from using fingerprint scanning as a security device* to a “revolutionary” technology that identifies people with a quick selfie.

KGI Securities analyst* Ming-Chi Kuo, who is recognised as being a good predictor of future Apple products, has predicted the upcoming iPhone 8 expected to be launched in September will have a front-facing camera made up of three units that will identify people using a 3D scan of their face.

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 25, 2015 shows a customer using her new smartphone during the release of the iPhone 6s at an Apple store in Shanghai. Several Chinese iPhone users have claimed that their handsets caught fire or exploded, according to a Shanghai consumer watchdog which called on tech giant Apple to address the complaints. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE media_cameraApple continues to develop the technology used in its iPhones. Picture: AFP

The technology involves using three cameras in one: an infra-red transmitter*, and infra-red receiver and a conventional* camera.

The two infra-red units add to the image captured by the conventional camera to create a 3D model of a 2D image.

Kuo’s prediction is that Apple will be building technology into their new phone that has been created by the company PrimeSense algorithms. PrimeSense is the company that developed the motion-sensing cameras in the Xbox Kinect. Apple bought PrimeSense in 2013.

dec24 Kinect for X-Box 360. Microsoft has pushed the boundaries using hardware developed by PrimeSense, coupled with software developed by Microsoft, gamers cannow directly interact with their games in 3D using their bodies. media_cameraX-Box Kinect uses motion sensing technology developed by PrimeSense, so gamers can directly interact with their games in 3D using their bodies.

While security is the first likely use of the technology, another tip is that the technology will easily allow people to make 3D digital avatars* of themselves to immerse* in game playing.

Kuo says the system will bring “an innovative* user experience” and predicts the 3D modelling technology could be added to the phone’s rear camera in the future, which would improve the camera in the iPhone 7 Plus that Apple launched last year. This camera allowed users to change the way it focused, more like a digital SLR camera that a professional photographer would use.


device: a piece of equipment

analyst: a person who studies information

transmitter: equipment that sends out information, opposite to a receiver

conventional: regular, normal

avatars: a made up person representing someone, usually used in a video game

immerse: involve yourself deeply

innovative: doing something new



Activity 1.

i. What feature does Ming-Chi Kuo think will be in the new iPhone 8?

ii. How will this new feature work?

iii. Two things that this feature can be used for are in the story. What are they?

iv. Can you think of any other uses for this? Write down as many as you can think of.

Time: allow 10 minutes to complete this task

Curriculum Links: Digital Technologies

Extension: The story uses the word revolutionary to describe the new technology.

Think about a piece of technology that you use every day. It can be something simple like a pencil or spoon, or something more complex like your school bus or a computer.

If you could invent something to add to this technology to make it even better, what would it be?

Design your own revolutionary change to this.

Don’t forget to write a description of your change and WHY it is revolutionary!

Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this task

Curriculum Links: Design and Technologies Technologies

Activity 2

In the article, you have read about things in 3D.

Here are the names of some 3D shapes.




triangular prism

square prism

triangular pyramid

For each shape:

draw or make the shape

write down how many angles it has

write down how many corners (vertices) it has

write down how many faces it has

write down the shape of each face

Time: allow about 30 minutes to complete this task

Curriculum Links: Mathematics

Extension: A 3D net is what a solid 3D shape would look like if it was unfolded in one piece. You use it to make a 3D shape.

Draw or make the 3D net for a cube, a square prism and a triangular pyramid.

Time: allow about 40 minutes to complete this task

Curriculum Links: Mathematics

VCOP Activity

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Activity: The way of the future

Imagine you have created the facial recognition software that Apple may integrate into the new iphone 8. Write a paragraph sales pitch convincing Apple why they should integrate the software into the new phone being released in September. Consider why it would be an essential feature and a security measure.

Don’t forget your VCOP as you try to persuade Apple to use your product.

Time: allow at least 15 minutes to complete the task

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write, VCOP

Activity provided by Andrell Education






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