A patent Apple recently registered describes the use of facial recognition technology to control a device, whether iPhone, iPad or Mac, allowing you a safe and productive environment.

When Apple unveiled its iPhone 5S showed his fingerprint sensor, dubbed TouchID. During the launch event, Brand tried to convince his critics that he had not lost the innovation factor, but observers were not completely satisfied.

For Philip Elmer-DeWitt , “the TouchID not only have served as a safety device to use the phone, wish it had been possible to use it, simply, to make purchases without cash or credit card. So there was some disappointment. ”

Two months later, perhaps in an attempt not to lose (or regain) their factor ‘cool’, the company based in Recuperation filed a patent Control Personal computing device using face detection and recognition before the Patent and Trademark Office United States.


The paper describes a method to access an iPhone and other devices, according to the detection and face recognition. In other words, their face may act as a password, allowing it to answer a call and perform other tasks.

The technology could scan your face in order to record all of its unique characteristics: the texture of your skin color, size and shape of the face. You could make the same process with any other person you want to share an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

How it works? In response to an incoming call, the phone could scan your face to make sure it matches the authorized user. If so, the call will continue and the iPhone screen typical call interface appears. Otherwise, the screen remains locked.

The same would apply security mechanism for incoming e-mails, as detailed in the specialized technology website CNET. If the device detects that the face does not match the registered mail would come alert to the true owner and the real message would be blocked or hidden.

While Apple’s patent focuses on mobile devices, it also refers to the use of other equipment such as desktop computers and televisions.

It is unknown when Apple plans to implement said technology in their computers or mobile devices, but the face recognition is rapidly gaining momentum, just remember that is already being used by other products like Kine ct and PlayStation. Therefore, incorporating facial recognition in future iPhones seems a logical step.