iPhone 5 May Feature Facial Recognition

It seems that there is some chance that the upcoming iPhone 5 (and perhaps the iPad 2) will feature facial recognition technology.  This idea come’s from Apple’s 2010 acquisition of a Swedish company called Polar Rose – a company known mostly for their mobile face recognition technology called FaceLib.  Of course, this is all still speculation, but I for one hope that we’ll see something come of this.

This new technology, of implemented, could take one (or both) of two roles as I see it.  First, a security role, in which the iPhone can use your face as it’s lock screen pass code.  Secondly, this could be extremely useful for tagging photos, or adding adding name captions to videos.  In the future, I can even see this used to benefit augmented vision systems.  Any contacts that you have photographs of could be instantly retrieved from your contact list, and their names and certain other information could be displayed immediately.

Hell, with awesome augmentation systems such as these glasses from Vuzix, this could happen sooner rather than later.  I, for one, am crossing my fingers.



  1. Daniela says:

    I'm so thrilled about this, I really hope they come with facial recognition, this is the reason why I love Apple.

  2. Evan says:

    Interesting insight. From a pricing standpoint, the technology needed to integrate facial recognition into a phone would, unfortunately, be through the roof. Not to mention the problems that Apple would undoubtedly encounter on a 'security' point of view.

    This is something that looks very cool, however I think it may be premature to suspect it with the next iPhone model.

  3. I wonder, Evan… It seems to me that facial recognition is already pretty close. Look how well iPhoto '11 does, for instance…

  4. Cameron says:

    face recognition wont keep your identical twin from unlocking your phone lol

  5. iPhone 4 user says:

    I wish it was a software feature so iPhone 4 users could update their iPhones and use this feature too

  6. Evan says:

    It will certainly be interesting to see. I just have a hard time imagining having to raise your phone level to your face and probably waiting a few seconds, every time you're wanting to unlock your phone.

    Like you said J. Glenn, iPhoto has already done a pretty solid job with Faces, so that technology could easily be implemented for tagging photos and videos.

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