A home security system that connects to your smartphone is often table stakes when looking to install or upgrade. But the means a poorly secured phone could be the weak link in your system.
However, new rumors around the next iPhone may be pointing to the most secure mass-market phone yet, and Apple’s focus on privacy may make them your smart pick for home security going forward.
With the iPhone turning 10 this year, many experts are expecting Apple to do a pretty big redesign for the next iteration of the blockbuster device. An iPhone Pro model may come with an edge-to-edge screen that does away with the home button — and the fingerprint sensor that goes with it.
That may sound like a way of making the phone less secure, but rumors point to Apple replacing it with face-sensing technology. Just like a fingerprint, faces are pretty unique. Apple may use that uniqueness, along with better sensors to ensure face recognition is just as fast as TouchID has become.
If this the route Apple takes, expect this facial recognition system to be a big step up from previous iterations. Just like the fingerprint sensor before it, Apple is likely only bringing something to market that is a major improvement to usability.
And that means Apple may be bringing that facial tech to other markets, including its newly announced HomePod, an Amazon Echo competitor that currently focuses on music. But if Apple adds a camera feature to the HomePod or comes out with a home security camera, it could use that same facial recognition software to make it a home security hub.
We’ve already seen the Amazon Echo gain ground as a central controller for your security system, but the tech is still so new that Apple — or Google, Microsoft or any tech giant — could still come in to take the cake.
We’ll have to wait and see though — Apple will likely announce the next round of iPhones this fall.