The iPhone’s facial recognition features have been used in facial recognition software to allow iPhone users to unlock their devices remotely, the Journal reported.
The technology can even pick out objects that other sensors can’t, such as when the phone or the wearer are in bright light.
In the face of such technology the question arises, isn’t it too early to be telling people they’re looking at their phone?
It’s the latest move towards becoming something that’s almost impossible for the public to buy. Apple has become the first major company to announce plans a way to sell their personal gadgets through the Internet, via an e-commerce store on its website. In fact, it’s this e-commerce website that’s the biggest source of the public’s excitement about what’s the next big thing for mobile.
The company is the best-known one to set up on its own website, so it makes sense that they’ve decided to do this. Why? Because they already take a significant amount of payments for their e-commerce sales from their customers. As I mentioned in my own thoughts on this, there are many reasons why retailers like Amazon and Apple (among others) are able to start accepting payments through credit or debit cards. Those reasons include the popularity and ease of using those sites when you need to buy products and the ease of paying that money. Apple’s choice to start selling digital goods via an online store is one that will hopefully result in the company’s products being available for a larger audience than usual.
Apple’s new online store will start accepting digital payments starting today, October 24. You can see the list of supported payments here. It’s worth noting that the site’s launch is subject to regulatory approval, so it’s also not guaranteed that the store will work in the U.S. If you want the best deals on an iPhone, you should be looking at this online store.
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Birds & Flowers By John D. King: John is a contributing editor for Quillette. He is the author of The New Book of Insects: The Ultimate Guide to Insects, their Hosts & the Birds They Maim and the Birds They Kill, and the New Book of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers: An Ultimate Guide to Fruit, Vegetables, and Fruits. He also has a regular column on the site, Quillette Birding. He spent 30 years at BirdLife International as an author
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