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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…

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…

Video Purportedly Shows Rear-Mounted Touch ID on iPhone 8

Video Purportedly Shows Rear-Mounted Touch ID on iPhone 8

This year’s big new iPhone will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, suggests a leaked video purportedly showing the device in quality testing. The video depicts a worker interacting with what appears to be an iPhone; when the worker presses a finger on the rear of the device, lines of code or some other kind of…

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…

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…

Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

A new app that describes what an iPhone’s camera can see could prove useful to blind and visually impaired users. Called Seeing AI, the app uses computer vision to provide descriptive aid to users. It can read documents and scan barcodes, beeping at an increasing rate to let users know when their camera is getting…

Is Apple Really Giving Up On Touch ID For The Next iPhone?

Is Apple Really Giving Up On Touch ID For The Next iPhone?

Apple may be giving up on integrating a fingerprint sensor into the display of its next major iPhone – and may be giving up on Touch ID entirely. The new rumors come by way of Bloomberg, which cites “people familiar with the product” in reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 3D facial recognition…

Report Reveals Facial Recognition Supplier for iPhone 8

Report Reveals Facial Recognition Supplier for iPhone 8

Apple is indeed planning to bring facial recognition to the next iPhone, and LG Innotek is providing some critical hardware, reports the Korea Economic Daily. LG’s parts division has been tapped to provide a specialized camera designed for three-dimensional facial imaging. A new, nearly $240 million production facility will be dedicated to the effort. As…

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…

Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

“All told, the patent can be taken as a strong hint that Apple is indeed pursuing facial recognition for its next iPhone, as rumored.” Apple has filed a new patent application for a system entitled “Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition”. As AppleInsider reports, the filing builds on a couple of previously…

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…

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