A new patent application unearthed by AppleInsider has revealed that Apple has been looking into the possibility of using the forward-facing camera of an iPhone or iPad to recognize an individual person’s face, enabling the iPhone or iPad to then automatically customize apps, settings and other features to suit the user’s own preferences. The patent application is called “Low Threshold Face Recognition”, and presents with a low-computation way of recognizing a user’s face.
One of the main benefits of such a system would be that it would enable many different users to share the same device, with each user being able to customize the iPad or iPhone to suit their taste, using special unique wallpaper, apps, and so on. This would all happen without the tedious task of having to log on with an individual password, as soon as the user’s face was recognized by the device. The patent goes on to explain how the facial recognition software could be designed to ensure that it did not put too much of a drain on battery life, by analyzing a “high information portion” on a person's face, such as eyes, nose or mouth, rather than having to analyse the whole face.
The patent was first filed by Apple in June 2009, and is the work of Robert Mikio Free.
Source: AppleInsider | Apple's future iPhones & iPads could automatically personalize via face recognition