iPhone 8: Rumors Suggest 2017 Flagship Would Be An AI-Driven Security Monster

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Feb. 21 2017, Updated 8:11 p.m. ET

The iPhone 8 is still months away from its release, but it has already captured the interest and attention of the mobile world. As detail after detail about the device starts trickling down to the rumor mill, the upcoming Apple flagship has continued to take shape. From what could be determined from speculations and leaks about the device, it appears that the iPhone 8 would be a powerhouse handset capable of revolutionizing the mobile industry once more.

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A report from the Times of Israel has stated that Apple recently acquired an Israeli startup, Realface, which has developed a number of impressive facial recognition software. Considering that security has become one of the most important aspects of flagship mobile devices today, the applications and software that have been developed by the Israeli startup would most likely prove to be invaluable to the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Realface has not been in the market for a long time, and even during its acquisition by Apple, it was still a very small company, with just about 10 employees. Despite its small size, Realface has sales in numerous countries, including China, Israel, Europe, and the United States. The Tel-Aviv startup was reportedly bought by the American tech giant for just around $2 million, allowing Apple to build on and develop the technology been created by the startup so far.

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What is particularly interesting about Realface’s technology is the fact that its facial recognition software was just so accurate. Through the utilization of artificial intelligence, the startup’s software was declared to be immensely powerful, boasting as much as a 99.67 percent accuracy rate, higher than the 97.5 percent accuracy rate attributed to human eyes. Apart from being insanely accurate, however, Realface also stated in a cached version of its website that its A.I.-driven security software is extremely efficient, providing users with a seamless experience, according to a Fox News report.

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“Our technology provides our customers and end-users with the highest level of authentication and security available on all platforms. We have proprietary IP in the field of frictionless face recognition and effective learnings from facial features.”

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Heightened security features have long been featured in the iPhone 8, with rumors stating that Apple’s upcoming flagship would come equipped with the latest and best authentication software in the industry. Through the acquisition of Realface, it appears that rumors stating that Apple would be rolling out facial recognition security software to the iPhone 8 appear to have been well-grounded. If any, the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software would significantly augment the already-stellar TouchID that has become a trademark of any Apple mobile device since the iPhone 5S back in 2013.

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