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The iPhone 8 may unlock with your face, not your finger

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Most of the early rumors on the iPhone 8 have covered its design: a larger screen, the same-sized body, smaller bezels.

But the latest alleged leak about the handset has it adding an important feature, one that may replace the way you unlock it.

According to code within a new Apple iOS update, a facial recognition security feature, which could be called Pearl ID, is going to be introduced on the next iPhone.

The findings match a July Bloomberg article that reported Apple was testing a "3-D sensor" for detecting faces.

The code reveals that the Pearl ID sensor will use infrared, which should work better in low light than other selfie camera face unlocking features.

But, will Apple’s facial recognition be more secure than traditional camera-based systems that have been tricked by photographs?

Apple must think so, since the rumor is that Pearl ID will be used to authorize Apple Pay transactions.

Of course, that decision may be out of pure necessity if the other rumor floating around about the iPhone 8 dropping Touch ID is true.

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With the next iPhone being essentially all display, analysts believe Apple’s original idea was to embed Touch ID underneath it.

Rumblings are that the technology to do so couldn’t be readied in time and so Apple may have to release the 10th anniversary iPhone without one of the iconic device’s traditional features.

But with Pearl ID coming in as a bio-metric security replacement, it sounds like Apple will be able to face its Touch ID problem just fine.

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