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Apple Invests in Face ID’s Future

Apple Invests in Face ID’s Future

Apple is going all in on 3D facial recognition with a new investment of $390 million in Finisar, the second-biggest supplier of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) used in the Face ID authentication system of its iPhone X. Apple has drawn the money from its billion-dollar Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which is intended to support US-based high-tech…

Will Face ID Ever Get Multi-User Functionality?

Will Face ID Ever Get Multi-User Functionality?

While the response to the iPhone X and its Face ID authentication system has generally been very positive, some users may have found it less convenient than Touch ID since only one user’s biometrics can be registered per device, but new comments from Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, suggest that it’s going to stay…

New SDK Enables Animoji Creation Based on 2D Video

New SDK Enables Animoji Creation Based on 2D Video

Neurotechnology has adapted its face biometrics technology to animoji applications with a new solution called the SentiMask Software Development Kit. The system recreates facial biometrics in a digital, 3D model, which can adapt to changes in the real subject’s face in real time. In other words, if the subject smiles, the digital avatar will smile,…

iPhone X Face ID Spoofed By Composite Mask

iPhone X Face ID Spoofed By Composite Mask

A team of hackers say that the iPhone X’s flagship facial recognition system can be hacked. All you need is about $150, a 3D scanner, a 3D printer, makeup, some paper, and unrestrained access to the victim’s face. Vietnam-based Bkav say they used these materials to put together a composite mask that was then used…

Face ID is Coming to the iPad in 2018: Report

Face ID is Coming to the iPad in 2018: Report

Apple is ditching Touch ID and bringing its new Face ID facial recognition system to next year’s iPad, according to a new Bloomberg report. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” the report asserts that Apple essentially wants to adapt the key design elements that make the new iPhone X stand out to its flagship…

OCBC Bank Embraces Face ID For Mobile Login

OCBC Bank Embraces Face ID For Mobile Login

Apple’s iPhone X has only just hit store shelves, and a new banking app that takes advantage of its new Face ID authentication system has already arrived. Singapore’s OCBC Bank has announced OCBC OneLook, a new authentication system compatible with its OCBC Mobile Banking, OCBC OneWealth, OCBC Business Mobile Banking and OCBC Pay Anyone mobile apps.…

How Will iPhone X And Face ID Change The Mobile Market?

How Will iPhone X And Face ID Change The Mobile Market?

After signs of sagging demand for the last couple of iPhones, the iPhone X seems to have brought Apple unambiguously back to the premium smartphone throne. Reuters reports long lines at Apple stores around the world ahead of the device’s launch today. About 400 people queued at Apple’s flagship store in Sydney, Australia, compared to…

Apple’s Face ID Is Put To The Twin Test

Apple’s Face ID Is Put To The Twin Test

The iPhone X is starting to find its way into the hands of early reviewers, and they are putting its new Face ID system to the test. It’s one of the flagship features of Apple’s big new iPhone, and by positioning it as an authentication system that completely replaces its pioneering Touch ID fingerprint recognition…

Apple Says Face ID’s Accuracy Has Not Changed, Despite Report

Apple Says Face ID’s Accuracy Has Not Changed, Despite Report

A new report is claiming that Apple has compromised the security of its facial recognition system for the iPhone X – and Apple is flatly denying it. The Bloomberg report appears to be based a single anonymous source with knowledge of Apple’s production process, who asserts that Apple “relaxed some of the specification for Face…

Apple Responds To Senator Franken’s Face ID Privacy Concerns

Apple Responds To Senator Franken’s Face ID Privacy Concerns

The forthcoming iPhone X’s Face ID facial recognition system will store a user’s biometric template in a Secure Enclave, and will never share that data with third-party apps, or even Apple itself. That’s one of the key takeaways from Apple’s response to a list of ten questions publicly posed by Senator Al Franken, the head Democrat…

Looks Like Apple is Abandoning Touch ID

Looks Like Apple is Abandoning Touch ID

Renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now confident that Apple will abandon Touch ID in favor of its new facial recognition technology on all of next year’s iPhone models. The KGI Securities analyst expressed this view in a new note to investors, less than a month after a previous note in which he said the…

Face ID Will Ultimately Find Its Way To Apple Smart Car: Report

Face ID Will Ultimately Find Its Way To Apple Smart Car: Report

While Apple’s iPhone X announcement last month attracted attention primarily for revealing the most substantial redesign of the iPhone to date, a Frost & Sullivan analyst thinks that hidden in the subtext are hints that Apple’s next focus will be on making its own car. In his new report, Frost & Sullivan Connectivity & Telematics…

Leaked Apple Pay Cash Tutorial Video Showed Biometric Functionality

Leaked Apple Pay Cash Tutorial Video Showed Biometric Functionality

“The video showed how a user could open an Apple Pay app within its Messages app, enter an amount of money to transfer, and then confirm the payment with Touch ID or Face ID…” A new tutorial video from Apple posted to YouTube showed how to use Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s forthcoming P2P payments system.…

Children and Twins Bring Out Face ID’s Shortcomings

Children and Twins Bring Out Face ID’s Shortcomings

There’s a lot of hype over Face ID, the facial recognition system of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone X, but some of its shortcomings are already becoming clear. One is that it it struggles to recognize younger users, with Apple warning that kids under 13 don’t yet have sufficiently developed facial features to enable accurate identification. Twins…

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…

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