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Could Touch ID Still Make Its Sub-Display Debut?

Could Touch ID Still Make Its Sub-Display Debut?

“The method could point to how Apple might overcome the difficulties it reportedly experienced in trying to integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system into its new iPhone devices.” A newly granted patent may point the way toward a solution to Apple’s in-display Touch ID problem. The patent describes an alternative version of 3D Touch,…

Face ID: Exactly How Revolutionary Is It?

Face ID: Exactly How Revolutionary Is It?

Apple has created quite a stir with its unveiling of the iPhone X, and not least because of its Face ID facial recognition system. Together with Apple’s framing of the issue, and the media response it has provoked, casual observers might be led to believe it’s a revolutionary new technology. But facial recognition in general…

iPhone 8 Launches, Keeps Touch ID Alive

iPhone 8 Launches, Keeps Touch ID Alive

“One feature that hasn’t changed from the iPhone 7 is the iPhone 8’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning feature. And that’s important…” The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus went on sale today around the world. Since their announcement, the devices have lived somewhat in the shadow of the iPhone X, which offers a more substantial…

Survey Shows iOS Users Skeptical About Using Face ID For Payments

Survey Shows iOS Users Skeptical About Using Face ID For Payments

The new facial recognition system on Apple’s iPhone X is generating a lot of buzz, but a sizeable proportion of iOS users are skeptical about whether they would actually use it, according to new survey findings from Juniper Research’s new report, “Consumer Attitudes to Mobile Banking & Contactless Payments”. Polling a thousand smartphone users evenly…

How the iPhone X’s Face ID Is Shaking Up Consumer Electronics

How the iPhone X’s Face ID Is Shaking Up Consumer Electronics

There was plenty to be excited about in Apple’s announcement of the iPhone X – mostly in the positive sense, other than the price tag – but one aspect that has caught quite a lot of attention is the smartphone’s Face ID facial recognition system, which replaces Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on the…

What Does Apple’s Face ID Mean For Mobile Biometrics?

What Does Apple’s Face ID Mean For Mobile Biometrics?

Apple unveiled the iPhone X yesterday at its annual September event. Making good on months of speculation that a larger screen on the flagship smartphone would necessitate changes in its biometric authentication features, Tim Cook and crew introduced Face ID: an always-on facial recognition feature replacing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that’s become ubiquitous with…

Apple Picks Facial Recognition Over Fingerprints on iPhone X

Apple Picks Facial Recognition Over Fingerprints on iPhone X

Apple unveiled its newest devices today, and contrary to much speculation the iPhone 8 does not feature a facial recognition system – but the iPhone X does. To be clear, much of the speculation was correct, with the name of the new flagship device being the central error. The iPhone X does indeed enable user…

Is Apple Working on a Biometric TV Remote?

Is Apple Working on a Biometric TV Remote?

A new patent application suggests that Apple may be preparing to bring its Touch ID system to the Apple TV remote, reports Patently Apple. The patent depicts a remote control device with a single button in its center that features an embedded fingerprint sensor; and it’s used to operate a connected television set. The sensor…

Apple Granted Patent for Acoustic Fingerprint Scanning System

Apple Granted Patent for Acoustic Fingerprint Scanning System

Apple has been granted 50 new US patents, including one for an acoustic fingerprint scanning system. Like the groundbreaking fingerprint sensor technology announced by Qualcomm earlier this year, Apple’s system is based on ultrasonic scanning. Essentially, an acoustic signal is sent to a detected finger, and the way in which the signal is reflected back…

Will ‘Apple Pay Cash’ Take Advantage of iPhone Facial Recognition?

Will ‘Apple Pay Cash’ Take Advantage of iPhone Facial Recognition?

Apple Pay’s forthcoming peer-to-peer payment system will require users to scan an ID card in order to set it up, suggest newly discovered lines of code in the iOS 11 beta. Apple confirmed that it was working on a P2P payments service for its Messages app in June. The service is meant to essentially let…

BRIEF: What’s Next for iPhone Biometrics?

BRIEF: What’s Next for iPhone Biometrics?

Apple is the key pioneer behind the mobile biometrics revolution, which it launched with the introduction of its Touch ID system in 2013. Now, with rival Samsung establishing itself as another biometrics innovator in its promotion of mobile iris scanning, Apple is facing pressure to reassert itself in this technological field. Yet little is known…

Report Gives Insight Into iPhone 8’s Face Matching Speed

Report Gives Insight Into iPhone 8’s Face Matching Speed

The iPhone 8’s facial recognition system will allow it to “deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second,” according to a new report in The Korea Herald. The report is primarily concerned with speculating over the iPhone 8’s screen shape, and cites only “a source familiar with the matter”. But as 9to5Mac…

Here’s What The HomePod Trove Has Told Us So Far About iPhone 8 Biometrics

Here’s What The HomePod Trove Has Told Us So Far About iPhone 8 Biometrics

First unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the HomePod represents the next branch in Apple’s product line. It’s aimed at competing with devices like Amazon’s Echo, offering users what is essentially an immobile robot assistant – you can ask it to play music, to dim connected smart lights, even to offer a traffic update…

HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

The HomePod firmware code dump is quickly turning into Apple’s Panama Papers, with respect to leaks pertaining to this year’s new iPhone. To recap: Code for the HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home device, was mistakenly posted online at the end of last month, and developers were quick to trawl it for hints about features in…

iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

Newly discovered code for Apple’s HomePod firmware suggests that the next iPhone could be able to recognize your face even if it’s lying on a nearby table. It’s another finding from what’s turning into a trove of information – albeit largely unconfirmed info – from code meant for developers working with Apple’s forthcoming smart home…

Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Another dive into Apple’s HomePod code has turned up a new pearl: Apple appears to be bringing facial recognition to Apple Pay. The new findings come immediately after the revelation that lines of code for the firmware of HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home hub device, appear to refer to an infrared facial recognition capability in…

HomePod Code References iPhone Face Detection

HomePod Code References iPhone Face Detection

Lines of code for the firmware of Apple’s forthcoming smart home device, the HomePod, appear to offer further evidence that Apple is planning to incorporate infrared facial recognition into this year’s new iPhone. Revealed in a tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the code features references to ‘face detection’ and ‘infrared capture’ with respect to a…

Touch ID Still Up-in-the-Air as iPhone 8 Rumors Continue

Touch ID Still Up-in-the-Air as iPhone 8 Rumors Continue

The rumor mill keeps on churning with respect to Apple’s next flagship iPhone, with Japanese blog Mac Otakara suggesting that the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November. While Apple traditionally goes with a September launch for its iPhones, there has been a lot of speculation that problems with integrating the Touch ID fingerprint…

Apple Granted Patent For Touch ID Emergency Alert System

Apple Granted Patent For Touch ID Emergency Alert System

Apple has been granted a patent for a system that would let users discreetly alert authorities in an emergency using the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning feature. By analyzing the specific manner in which Touch ID is used, the system essentially turns it into a panic button. Apple’s patent explains how the system could look…

Touch ID May Move To Power Button on iPhone 8

Touch ID May Move To Power Button on iPhone 8

New renders of the next major iPhone suggest Apple might move Touch ID to the power button. The images come by way of Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly, who says that iPhone case designer Nodus provided him with CAD files indicating the final design of what he calls “the iPhone 8”. The designs indicate that Apple…

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