Apple is likely to introduce ‘vein recognition’ now in addition to its Facial ID feature

Apple’s new patent has recently revealed that the tech giant is working on a more interesting, highly advanced method for the secure authentication process.

While fingerprint and Facial ID recognition tools in Apple devices usually provide a lot of security and accuracy, the chances of your iPhone are vulnerable to do a ‘mistake’ by recognizing your look-alike in place of you and allowing them to authenticate to your device.

This is not such a common occurrence, but Apple itself has acknowledged this vulnerability in its iPhones, and it can occur in cases of identical twins or with people who resemble each other a lot.

So, to avoid this kind of confusion whether it happens commonly or uncommonly, as per a new patent’s revelation, Apple is working on a pretty advanced recognition method - known as the "vein recognition".

It is common scientific knowledge that everyone has a unique venous network underneath their skin surface, and Apple is now working on making good use of this uniquely human feature to provide maximum and fool-proof security to their devices. Patently Apple first spotted this development, and it was titled as “Vein Matching for Difficult Biometric Authentication Cases.” As the name suggests, it is going to be based on the unique venous pattern under the user’s skin and will be beneficial for cases that have difficulty in their biometric authentication. This includes old age people whose fingerprints often get smudged and un-recognizable for biometric authentication purposes. In iPhones, this new feature will be capable to accurately identify people even when they have their doppelgangers around too!

The new patent will cover the Facial ID with sub-epidermal imaging with the help of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. The captured sub-epidermal image of the underlying superficial venous network in the face of a person will be used for this whole process.

Apple has recently joined the FIDO Alliance, which is an organization responsible to make the devices less reliant on passwords and instead, have more secure systems to provide ultimate biometric authentication forms for the general public and masses.

While Apple is working in this direction now, it is thinking to bring the Touch ID and Face ID tools to its Safari browser in the immediate future.

Vein recognition method is a quite interesting, very sophisticated step towards biometric authentication, and if Apple manages to bring it in its system soon, it is going to be an amazing and extremely innovative feature that will not only further strengthen the Face ID feature, it will also make the devices less reliant on passwords.

Let us wait and see how it all turns out for Apple, as well as its users.

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