Fingerprint sensors are probably the most ideal way to unlock your phone, but what about facial recognition? The capability has hung around in the Android camp for a while, and is also coming to your nearest Windows 10 device. And according to a new patent awarded to Apple, your next iPhone might also implement a face unlock feature.

It doesn’t appear as though Apple’s solution will differ all that much from technology that’s already on the market. Using an iPhone’s front-facing camera, the software would capture an image of a user’s face, analyze it, and unlock the device if there’s a match. Easy, right? Although face unlocking doesn’t require much effort from the end user, I’d still prefer the security of Touch ID, especially since face unlocking systems can be tricked.

It might be a fun feature to toy around with, especially on older devices that don’t have Touch ID. I’d actually prefer to see this implemented in OS X instead of a phone, but maybe that’s just me.

As always, just because Apple has a patent for something doesn’t mean we’ll see it down the road. Would it even be something you’d use?