Touch ID

New Speculation Suggests Touch ID Migrating to Back of iPhone

New Speculation Suggests Touch ID Migrating to Back of iPhone

A social media posting of a supposed iPhone 8 schematic is prompting speculation that Apple will put the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of its next major smartphone. Posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson, who TechCrunch characterizes as a “[r]eliable iPhone leaker”, the schematic depicts the rear chassis of an iPhone device, with a…

Does Touch ID Have a Home Beyond MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar?

Does Touch ID Have a Home Beyond MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar?

“Of course, as things turned out, Touch ID was indeed incorporated into the OLED Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro.” The US Patent & Trademark Office has published six Apple patent applications pertaining to its new keyboard Touch Bar, reports Patently Apple. Half of the patents, filed in 2013, cover the Touch Bar itself, an…

iWork Update Enables Biometric Security for Keynote, Pages, Numbers

iWork Update Enables Biometric Security for Keynote, Pages, Numbers

Apple has upgraded its iWork productivity tools suite with new features including enhanced biometric security. With the upgrade, users can now lock documents with Apple’s Touch ID security system. That means users can set up Keynote slide presentations, Pages documents, and Numbers spreadsheets so that they can only be unlocked with the right fingerprint scan.…

Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Apple Pay has launched in Ireland, making it the 14th country in which Apple’s biometrically secured mPayment service is available. It arrived with the support of Ulster Bank and KBC, as well as the Boon app, which lets users pay with Apple Pay using digital prepaid cards. Merchant partners include Applegreen, Centra, Guinness Storehouse, and…

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, has granted approval to seven major banks to offer Apple Pay – Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet – to their customers, paving the way for the service to launch in the state. The banks concerned are Union Bank of Taiwan, First Commercial Bank, CTBC Bank, Taishin International Bank,…

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

“Along with numerous other IP holdings, the patent underscores Apple’s interest in developing in-display Touch ID without definitely showing how exactly it’s going to do so…” Apple has been granted a patent for a system that could turn the entire display of an iPhone screen into a fingerprint scanner. As AppleInsider explains, the system entails…

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further evidence has emerged of Apple’s interest in integrating its Touch ID fingerprint authentication system into the display of the next iPhone, with the publication of a recent patent application detailing a acoustic imaging technology. Basically, the idea is that sound waves are bounced off of a finger to produce a fingerprint image. The pulses…

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

A major password manager app has now incorporated the biometric security of the newest MacBook Pro. Keeper users can now access their password Vault using Touch ID. It’s among the first applications to take advantage of the MacBook Pro’s fingerprint scanner, a new addition to Apple’s laptop line after the company pioneered the technology on its…

Xero Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Security and Convenience

Xero Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Security and Convenience

Online accounting software provider Xero has enabled Apple Pay for its customers, allowing them to pay invoices via fingerprint scan. With the integration, Apple Pay will now automatically appear as a payment option on invoices from Xero customers using Stripe as their payment service. That means customers who opt to use the mPayment platform won’t…

Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Banco Santander has now enabled Apple Pay support in Spain. In so doing, it holds claim to being the first Spanish financial institution to offer Apple’s mPayment platform. It actually enabled Apple Pay in the UK last year, and offered support to rival mPayment platform Android Pay toward the end of this past summer. It…

Sticker Uses False Fingerprint For Gloved iPhone Access

Sticker Uses False Fingerprint For Gloved iPhone Access

“Called TAPS, the product is essentially a sticker that layers a prosthetic fingerprint over the finger of a glove, allowing an iPhone owner to scan Touch ID even while wearing gloves.” A Vancouver-based startup is raising some funding for a new product based on fingerprint spoofing technology. It’s not for fraudsters; it’s meant to help…

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

“A number of banks around the world have embraced Touch ID for mobile login, but Citibank has become the first to use such biometric authentication to enable mobile stock trading.” Citibank customers in Hong Kong can now log into their mobile banking apps via the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. A number of banks…

BFSI Biometrics to See CAGR of Almost 20 Percent Through 2020: Technavio

BFSI Biometrics to See CAGR of Almost 20 Percent Through 2020: Technavio

Technavio expects strong growth for the BFSI biometrics market. In a new report, the market research firm predicts growth of almost 20 percent for the next three years. In a report synopsis, Technavio highlighted the proliferation of smartphone fingerprint sensors as a factor in the BFSI biometrics market, and indeed, many companies have embraced Apple’s Touch ID…

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

Coloradan financial services company FirstBank has launched its updated iOS app featuring fingerprint-based authentication. The system was developed in collaboration with mobile security specialist Entersekt and represents the culmination of a partnership first announced in February of this year. It allows FirstBank customers to log into their mobile apps by scanning their fingerprints on the…

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay’s base of support in Russia has dramatically expanded today, letting more Russians order products and services through their iPhones and verifying them with secure Touch ID fingerprint recognition. While the mPayment platform launched in the country almost a month ago, it was supported at launch only by Sberbank and Mastercard. Now, as MacRumors…

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Last week Apple finally brought Touch ID biometrics to its MacBook Pro, making good on longstanding rumors that the fingerprint scanning functionality was coming to the laptop in order to take advantage of Apple Pay on the web. The MacBook Pro isn’t the first laptop to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor – Lenovo has had…

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

Validating speculation that has endured for months, Apple has announced a new MacBook laptop that features an OLED touchscreen bar and a built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Much of the early buzz about the new MacBook Pro revolves around the Touch Bar, which is designed to offer adaptive, easy access to popular icons, and dynamically…

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay has gone live in Japan, albeit with some hiccups. While the platform’s pioneering use of Touch ID fingerprint scanning to confirm transactions has helped to popularize the ease of use of mPayments for increasing numbers of customers around the world, compatibility issues with IT infrastructure from partner JR East has caused some difficulty…

Apple Car Development Unlocks Touch ID Car Key

Apple Car Development Unlocks Touch ID Car Key

Apple is scaling back its secret car development project, but its work has already led to some intriguing technological concepts – including the ability to unlock your car via Touch ID. It’s a feature that Apple engineers had evidently envisioned for the company’s own car, which was meant to be at least primarily self-driving. The idea…

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay has made its debut in New Zealand, but with somewhat limited support. Only one card issuer in the country is currently backing the mobile payment platform, and that’s ANZ, whose customers can upload their Visa cards to the app. It’s the same bank that is Apple’s only major supporter among financial institutions in…

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

“The brands are helping to popularize … with Touch ID fingerprint scans still required on paired devices for payment authentication.” Some big names are adding support for Apple Pay on the web, reports AppleInsider. Customers of office supplies retailer Staples will soon be able to make online orders via Apple Pay on the Safari browser. Meanwhile,…

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay has launched in Russia. The mobile payment service makes its debut in the country with the support of Mastercard and domestic bank Sberbank. Retailers onboard to accept Apple Pay include Media Markt, BP, and Atak supermarkets, with Burger King promising coming support. It’s a bit of a get for Apple in a country…

New Apple Patent Points to Display-Embedded Touch ID

New Apple Patent Points to Display-Embedded Touch ID

Apple has patented a new system for bringing its Touch ID fingerprint sensor system directly into the display of a mobile device, AppleInsider reports. The patent illustrates how special sensors called ‘electrostatic lenses’ could be used to capture a clearer image of a fingerprint even through glass, which otherwise blurs the fingerprint images that capacitive sensors…

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

“…users may soon be able to log into their Windows 10 PCs via fingerprint scan on a personal iPhone or Android device…” Microsoft is reaching out to rivals’ tech ecosystems to help push Windows 10 users beyond the password. Speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite developer conference, senior OS security executive Anoosh Saboori said that the company…

New MacBook Pro Could Ship Next Month, With a Fingerprint Sensor

New MacBook Pro Could Ship Next Month, With a Fingerprint Sensor

Apple’s next MacBook Pro could arrive as early as next month, and may feature an embedded fingerprint sensor, suggests a new report from MacRumors. The speculation complements recent reports suggesting that Apple is planning to include the fingerprint sensor in the new MacBook’s power button. MacRumors doesn’t have any further specifics on this matter in its…

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Google is bringing its Incognito search function to its iOS app, and is adding biometric security to the mix. Incognito search is already available on the Google Chrome app, letting users browse the web in a way that doesn’t tie their searches to their accounts, allowing for a certain measure of privacy. Now, that same…

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics. – Sign up now…

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

True to Apple’s promises, its mPayment platform is starting to emerge on the web. BigCommerce just recently announced its support, and, as AppleInsider reports, other online merchant networks—Shopify and Stripe—have also got on board. Website building platform Squarespace has also announced web support for its hosted merchants, and home decor site Wayfair is also accepting…

New iPhones Herald Apple Pay’s Launch in Japan

New iPhones Herald Apple Pay’s Launch in Japan

Apple’s newly announced devices, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2, will launch internationally in late-September, and when they arrive in Japan, they’ll come with Apple Pay. The mobile payment platform should get a big push in the country, too, thanks to a partnership between Apple and the JR East transit…

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

Today marked Apple’s annual September launch event, and the Cupertino company used the highly anticipated platform to launched three major products. A new iPhone, a new Apple Watch, and wireless earbuds all made appearances as Apple went out of its way to showcase its partnerships with Nintendo and Nike. New Phone, New Watch, New ‘Phones…

Apple Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Biometrics System

Apple Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Biometrics System

The patent outlines the process underlying the biometric matching system now in place on all new iPhones and iPads, which helped kick off the mobile revolution. Apple has received approval for a patent pertaining to one of its most important recent innovations—its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. As Patently Apple reports, it’s just one of…

Bank of East Asia Supports Apple Pay, Goes a Step Further

Bank of East Asia Supports Apple Pay, Goes a Step Further

“Apple Pay by now has a huge roster of backing financial institutions around the world, but this kind of promotional support is rare.” The Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong’s biggest independent bank, is now supporting Apple Pay. And it’s going a step further, with special offers encouraging users to try out the service. BEA…

Will The Next MacBook Pro Sport a Fingerprint Scanning Power Button?

Will The Next MacBook Pro Sport a Fingerprint Scanning Power Button?

Evidence is mounting that the next MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch bar and Touch ID biometric authentication. 9to5Mac reports that a “source who has provided reliable information in the past” has confirmed recent rumors that the features will arrive on the new laptop, which is expected to launch this fall. The source also reportedly…

Apple Patent Sheds More Light on Rumored Display Touch ID

Apple Patent Sheds More Light on Rumored Display Touch ID

Another patent application suggests Apple is trying to integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system into the display of its iPhone devices, reports Patently Apple. The patent application describes a touch display that includes both a graphical display layer and a transparent conductive layer that could sense a user’s touch, and proceeds to explain that the…

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Apple Pay launched in Hong Kong yesterday, mere hours after it went live in France. The mobile payments service arrives in Hong Kong with the support of Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and domestic banks Bank of China, DBS, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered. The service also launches with the support of 40 major…

BioConnect Founder Has Great Expectation For Biometrics Industry

BioConnect Founder Has Great Expectation For Biometrics Industry

The founder and CEO of BioConnect has some bold predictions for the biometrics industry. Writing on the company’s blog, Rob Douglas predicts that biometric authentication “is going to become the standard for all transactions whether physical or digital applications.” But Douglas also notes the tension in balancing convenience against security, predicting that biometric solutions providers will…

New Partnership Extends Reach of Touch ID ATM Access System

New Partnership Extends Reach of Touch ID ATM Access System

More Americans will soon get biometric ATM access thanks to a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International. The latter is America’s largest private provider of ATM processing and equipment services, with tens of thousands of ATMs across the country. With its new agreement with FIS, PAI will bring the FIS Cardless Cash solution…

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay has launched in Switzerland. It’s the seventh country in which the mPayment service is now in operation, joining Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, the UK, and the US. Apple Pay arrives in Switzerland with the support of MasterCard and Visa, and payment cards issued by BonusCard, Cornèrcard, and Swiss Bankers. Domestic merchants supporting Apple Pay include Avec,…

AT&T Mobile App Gets Touch ID Login

AT&T Mobile App Gets Touch ID Login

US telecom AT&T has brought biometric security to its mobile app. The company has announced that its mobile app now supports Touch ID. That means AT&T customers using newer iPhones can log in to the myAT&T app via fingerprint scan. Like the many other companies that have embraced biometric authentication for their mobile apps, in…

Standard Chartered Bank Bringing Touch ID Support to Eight African Countries

Standard Chartered Bank Bringing Touch ID Support to Eight African Countries

Standard Chartered Bank, an international bank focusing on the Africa, Asia, and Middle East markets, is bringing Touch ID login for its mobile app in eight African countries. Starting in the second half of the year, Stanchart customers in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will be able to use the mobile biometric authentication…

Next iPhone Could Feature Capacitive, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button

Next iPhone Could Feature Capacitive, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button

Apple’s next iPhone could ditch the traditional home button for a capacitive sensor capable of detecting the amount of pressure with which it’s pressed, according to AppleInsider. Citing industry rumors, particularly those coming from financial services firm Cowen and Company, the report suggests that the iPhone 7, which is widely expected to be launched this…

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

Major Japanese MNO NTT Docomo can serve as an example to its peers, its CEO says. Not quite so bombastic in his actual choice of words, Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, speaking at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, said his company’s revenues are “trending five to ten years ahead of our global peers,” concluding that “our…

Is Samsung Redesigning Its Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner?

Is Samsung Redesigning Its Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner?

Samsung may be exploring alternative designs for its smartphones’ fingerprint sensors. The evidence can be seen in two new patent filings. One shows a circular home button for a smartphone, which would mark a turn from the current oblong shape of its Galaxy devices’ home buttons. As SamMobile and Android Headlines point out, this could…

HotelTonight Further Embraces Touch ID, Apple Pay

HotelTonight Further Embraces Touch ID, Apple Pay

HotelTonight, a hotel-booking mobile app, has tightened its embrace of Touch ID and Apple Pay. The app first introduced Touch ID and Apple Pay support back in 2014, but it’s now expanding their use beyond mere payment. Users are now able to log into their accounts on the app via fingerprint scan, allowing them to…

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Security’s Smarter Authentication platform has been selected for a pilot project in Norway aiming to make a leading digital ID program mobile-first. The program is called BankID. It originally started in 2004 as an authentication mechanism for online banking, but has quickly been adopted across a range of sectors and applications. In a statement,…

Developer Materials Hint of Biometrics For New Macs

Developer Materials Hint of Biometrics For New Macs

Developer materials for macOS Sierra, the next major update of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers, offer hints of what’s to come with new Mac devices, reports 9to5Mac. The developer resources for Apple’s APIs include bits of code referring to “LED” functions, suggesting that a future Mac device could feature the OLED touch bar predicted…

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

USA Technologies (USAT), a POS solutions provider for the self-service retail market, has announced some interesting findings from an internal study on Apple Pay. Its results suggest that, when available with digital marketing, the mPayment platform can actually boost sales for vendors. USAT currently supports Apple Pay transactions at over 300,000 self-service POS terminals in applications…

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay has gained the support of three more major Canadian banks. BMO, Scotiabank, and TD have all now enabled support for the mPayment platform, rounding out Apple Pay’s support among the country’s leading banks. The banks’ support comes only a few weeks after prominent Canadian banks RBC and CIBC announced their support for the…

Gulf Bank Kuwait Enables Multimodal Biometrics With Daon

Gulf Bank Kuwait Enables Multimodal Biometrics With Daon

Customers of Gulf Bank Kuwait who prefer to do their banking from their phones will have a more secure and convenient way to authenticate thanks to the financial institution’s partnership with Daon. Today, Gulf Bank Kuwait and Daon announced that the latter’s IdentityX biometric platform will be enabling fingerprint and face recognition for the bank’s…

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