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Cydia Tweak: How To Unlock Your iOS Device Using Facial Recognition

Cydia Tweak: How To Unlock Your iOS Device Using Facial Recognition

April 29, 2014

Appellancy, a jailbreak tweak that we’ve discussed before, has now launched for jailbroken iOS device users on the Cydia Store. You can pick up the facial recognition package for $1.99 now, and it’s optimized for iOS 7 and ARM64-devices.

Apple might have added fingerprint scanning to its smartphone with the iPhone 5s, but Appellancy goes one step further. Once downloaded and installed, users can configure their handset to unlock when its front-facing camera recognizes a preconfigured face.

As we explained back in March, the process works surprisingly well: after your face has been added to Appellancy’s preferences, holding the handset in front of you should unlock the smartphone. Our original article noted:

The jailbreak tweak works by placing a new iOS app icon on the Home screen, and here users can add a list of authorized faces to Appellancy.

You can add faces by simply holding your iPhone up in front of you – the handset should then start snapping pictures continuously, with users advised to have a selection of images across multiple lighting environments saved to their iOS device in order to improve accuracy.

Back then, we were looking at a prerelease beta version of Appellancy, and the application crashed rather often. Now Appellancy has launched publicly, however, we’re pleased to report that the package is far more stable.

If you’re interested in taking the final release of Appellancy for a spin, you can pick up the package for $1.99 on the Cydia Store. As mentioned, it’s optimized for both iOS 7 and ARM64-devices. For more information on Appellancy, check out our original article.

See also: Apple Is Now Contacting WWDC Scholarship Winners, FreedomPop Adds iPhone 5, iPhone 4 To Its Free No-Contract Plans, and Apple Updates Its MacBook Air: New Devices Now Cheaper, Faster.

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