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Is the Google Pixel 4 Ditching Fingerprint Biometrics?

Is the Google Pixel 4 Ditching Fingerprint Biometrics?

“An unusually large amount of information has been leaked about the Google Pixel 4, reportedly because a retailer in Hanoi has been selling nearly-finished samples of the device.” Google is expected to launch its latest flagship smartphone in a matter of weeks, and it looks like the company is going to follow Apple’s lead in…

Is Palm Biometrics on the Way to Future iPhones?

Is Palm Biometrics on the Way to Future iPhones?

Having pioneered smartphone fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, Apple may turn next to palm reading as an additional biometric modality, suggests a patent filed by the company earlier this year. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed in January, and details how sensors under the display of an iPhone or iPad could be used to…

iPhone 11 Gets Face ID Biometric Upgrade

iPhone 11 Gets Face ID Biometric Upgrade

“Apple says Face ID is now 30 percent faster with an improved performance at a range of distances.” The prognosticators were right: Apple’s newest iPhones feature an enhanced version of Face ID, with Touch ID yet to make its return (if it ever comes back). The biometric enhancements are relatively modest. Apple says Face ID…

Latest Evidence Points to Future iPhones Sporting In-Display Touch ID

Latest Evidence Points to Future iPhones Sporting In-Display Touch ID

“…Bloomberg reports that Apple is actually planning to deliver in-display Touch ID to the iPhone next year, with the technology currently being tested by its overseas suppliers.” A new report from Bloomberg is offering further evidence that Apple is indeed working on an in-display version of its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. Touch ID helped…

Security Vulnerabilities Left iPhone Users Open to Attack: Google Researchers

Security Vulnerabilities Left iPhone Users Open to Attack: Google Researchers

Thousands of iPhone users may have had their devices hacked by malicious code found in a handful of websites, according to security researchers with Google. The security vulnerability has been revealed through a new blog post from Google’s Project Zero team member Ian Beer. The post describes a small group of websites that were likely…

Upgraded Face ID Coming to 2019 iPhones: Report

Upgraded Face ID Coming to 2019 iPhones: Report

This year’s new iPhones will feature an enhanced Face ID system that can scan users’ faces even if the phone is laying flat on a table, according to a Bloomberg report. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the situation,” the report lists a number of features of the anticipated iPhone devices as well as other offerings…

What to Expect for the Next Apple Watch

What to Expect for the Next Apple Watch

There is growing evidence that Apple will launch new versions of its Apple Watch smartwatches alongside its new iPhones this year. One of the most solid pieces of evidence comes from filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission, or EEC – a necessary step before launching new products in the Eurasian region that has previously foreshadowed…

Researchers Use Tape and Glasses to Spoof Face ID Liveness Detection

Researchers Use Tape and Glasses to Spoof Face ID Liveness Detection

A team of Tencent researchers has managed to get past Face ID’s liveness detection with a pair of glasses and some tape. To execute the attack, the researchers placed a strip of black tape on each lens. The tape mimics the outline of the eye, while a dot of white tape in the center imitates…

Will the 2021 iPhone Feature Both Face ID and Touch ID?

Will the 2021 iPhone Feature Both Face ID and Touch ID?

“It’s a rare scenario in which Apple would be following the lead of its rivals, with other smartphone makers already launching devices featuring both facial recognition and in-display fingerprint scanning capabilities.” Renowned mobile market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again making headlines with a bold prediction for the future of the iPhone, asserting in a…

Voice Recognition Update Lets HomePod ID Multiple Users

Voice Recognition Update Lets HomePod ID Multiple Users

“…the multi-user feature should help Apple compete with rivals like Google Assistant, which already offers personalized functions through voice recognition.” Apple’s HomePod is getting a voice recognition update that will allow it to identify different individuals. The multi-user feature will enable the smart speaker to recognize multiple voices, which will in turn allow it to…

Could In-Display Touch ID Replace Face ID on the Chinese iPhone?

Could In-Display Touch ID Replace Face ID on the Chinese iPhone?

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new version of the iPhone designed specifically for the Chinese market. The new phone would ditch Face ID in favor of an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, largely in an effort to cut costs and remain competitive during the ongoing trade war between the US and China. The move would…

iPadOS Improvements Include Face ID Upgrade

iPadOS Improvements Include Face ID Upgrade

Apple has announced a new operating system for the iPad, effectively branching the software of its tablet line from that of its other mobile devices and their iOS operating system. To be clear, the new iPadOS is very much built on the foundation of iOS; but the branding change seems aimed at least in part…

Touch ID Protects New 8-Core MacBook Pro

Touch ID Protects New 8-Core MacBook Pro

Touch ID security on Apple’s latest notebook is one more sign the company’s not done with fingerprint biometrics. Apple has upgraded its flagship MacBook Pro computers, announcing that the new 15-inch Pro will be the first MacBook with an 8-core Intel processor. The 8-core notebook will be twice as fast as the previous generation quad-core…

Mobile Biometrics Remains Paramount in This Week’s Top Stories

Mobile Biometrics Remains Paramount in This Week’s Top Stories

This week’s batch of top stories from FindBiometrics is about as varied as they come, spanning acquisitions, iPhones, executive changes, and more. Nevertheless, it’s still possible to discern a couple of themes, with a major through-line being the ongoing importance of mobile biometrics. Apple is responsible to a considerable extent for having launched this booming…

On-Device Biometrics Month: The Roundup

On-Device Biometrics Month: The Roundup

There was a time – and it wasn’t so long ago – when biometric authentication was an extremely niche area of technological research and security. Indeed, until recently, the idea of scanning a fingerprint or face or eye for identification was often placed in the realm of science fiction, so far as pop culture has…

BRIEF: The Legislative Pushback Against Biometric Facial Recognition

BRIEF: The Legislative Pushback Against Biometric Facial Recognition

Apple’s introduction of the face-scanning Face ID system in 2017’s iPhone X went a long way in helping to make facial recognition for authentication a mainstream technology among consumers. But it was Amazon that really made facial recognition for large-scale public identification explode into the national discourse as an ethical issue, after an ACLU report…

Huawei Blacklisting Shouldn’t Affect II-VI’s Acquisition of Finisar

Huawei Blacklisting Shouldn’t Affect II-VI’s Acquisition of Finisar

US-based engineering firm II-VI is reassuring investors that its acquisition of Finisar should proceed as planned despite the US government’s placement of Huawei on its trade blacklist. The acquisition was approved by shareholders of both companies earlier this year, paving the way for a merger that could significantly extend the applications of Finisar’s 3D Sensing…

Will Apple’s Touch ID Make a Full-Screen Comeback?

Will Apple’s Touch ID Make a Full-Screen Comeback?

“It would be a surprising move for Apple after the company dropped fingerprint scanning in its pivot to 3D facial recognition, but Apple has gestured in this direction in recent patents…” Analysts with Barclays have laid out some predictions for Apple’s 2019 and 2020 iPhones, and they include a potential comeback for Touch ID. The…

Apple Pay Brings Biometric Mobile Payments to Iceland

Apple Pay Brings Biometric Mobile Payments to Iceland

The Apple Pay network continues to expand. The tech giant has announced that its biometrically secured mobile wallet platform is now available in Iceland, launching with support from the Icelandic banks Arion Banki and Landsbankinn. More banks are expected to add support for the platform in the not-too-distant future. To use Apple Pay, Arion Banki…

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