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Looks like there’ll be a way to disable iPhone 8’s face detection attention

2017 August 12
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iPhone 8’s 3D sensor is said to recognize faces in dark-lit environments and even from odd angles, such as when the phone is resting on a desk, as well as permit you to unlock the device by glancing over at it and silence notification sounds just by looking at the screen.

But what if you didn’t want to use face detection and attention features?

According to code strings uncovered from iOS 11, both features could be user-selectable meaning there should be a toggle in Settings to disable both at once, or separately.

iOS developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted about this earlier in the week after discovering some notable strings in iOS 11 code that suggest this possibility. “For those concerned about iOS 11’s face and attention detection, looks like there will be a way to disable it,” reads the tweet.

This doesn’t come as a surprise.

With iPhone 8 said to include advanced biometrics features potentially replacing Touch ID, there will almost certainly be a toggle in Settings to disable the new facial recognition feature just as users are given the option to turn Touch ID on or off at will.

Also worth noting, Daniel said in another tweet that iOS 11 includes a private framework named “AttentionAwareness”, which could suggest that, at least initially, third-party developers won’t be able to detect when a user is starring at the screen.

Of course, Touch ID launched in a limited fashion as well before Apple extended its functionality to third-party developers so the company could eventually make the “AttentionAwareness” framework and library public, probably in iOS 12.

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