Apple is planning to include face detection capabilities in the next version of its smartphone/tablet platform, iOS 5, 9to5Mac has discovered.
It is too early to tell how, exactly, the face recognition in iOS 5 will work, but it seems that Apple plans to open it up to developers via several API controls, including a call for recognizing the position of the person’s eyes and mouth. This means that in the future we’ll be seeing iOS apps utilizing face detection from third party developers, and possibly from Apple itself.
The technology behind this feature probably comes from Polar Rose, a Swedish company specializing in face recognition which Apple acquired in 2010.
Check out a video showcasing an augmented reality app called Recognizr which Polar Rose co-developed, below.