Facial and gesture recognition could be the flagship feature of Apple’s upcoming iPhone, one analyst believes. Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri (via Business Insider) says that the new iPhone will have a new facing front-facing sensor that will allow for such features.
Arcuri corroborates with past rumors stating that e’ll see a 5.8-inch model with a wraparound OLED display, wireless charging, “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera”, and Touch ID built into the display.
This past year, Apple has used facial recognition in its Photos app to detect and organize photos based on machine learning. But a feature such as Arcuri describes is not available on any iPhone, iPad, or Mac yet. Business Insider also notes that such a feature has not been rumored in this iPhone cycle yet.