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Samsung Galaxy S9 Might Launch in January With Sub-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung Galaxy S9 Might Launch in January With Sub-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, is likely to debut earlier than usual with a late January launch, according to new rumors. The company has reportedly scheduled OLED display component shipments to start in November; and given that such component shipments for the Samsung Galaxy S8 started in January of this year, with that…

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…

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…

Leaked Images Show In-Display Fingerprint Sensor on Vivo Xplay 7

Leaked Images Show In-Display Fingerprint Sensor on Vivo Xplay 7

Leaked images suggest that Vivo’s next flagship smartphone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. The images appear to show slides from a presentation on an upcoming Vivo device labelled “Xplay 7”. The slides depict a smartphone with small bezels and a large screen, with a circular digital button – possibly depicting a fingerprint shape, though…

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…

Samsung Galaxy S9 Enters In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Race

Samsung Galaxy S9 Enters In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Race

Samsung’s next Galaxy device will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to new leaks. The rumors, which appear to originate from anonymous industry sources in South Korea, suggest that even though the Samsung Galaxy S9 is not expected to be released until early next year, Samsung has already more or less finalized its screen design,…

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…

Could Sharp Actually Beat Apple To The In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Finish Line?

Could Sharp Actually Beat Apple To The In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Finish Line?

It looks like Sharp’s next big smartphone is going to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. That’s what leaked images suggest, at least, as they depict a smartphone with a full-size screen coming in at about 5.5″, with no discernible fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, or anywhere else. The device, dubbed the Aquos…

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…

Here’s The Rundown Of Apple’s Touch ID Dilemma

Here’s The Rundown Of Apple’s Touch ID Dilemma

Apple is in a tight fix this year when it comes to a key component of its anticipated new iPhone – biometric authentication – and it’s running out of time to find a good way out of it. Here’s the rundown of Apple’s Touch ID dilemma: Apple has pioneered mobile fingerprint authentication, and users of…

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…

iPhone 8: Will Touch ID Be In-Display or Gone For Good?

iPhone 8: Will Touch ID Be In-Display or Gone For Good?

Newly leaked images are fueling speculation that Apple may be on course to bring its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system into the display of the next iPhone. The images come by way of persistent Apple leaker Benjamin Geskin, who claims they depict computer-assisted designs of the iPhone 8. The designs depict a full-size screen on the…

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…

Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

The next iPhone is going to have some sophisticated biometric technologies, according to a new report from the Cowen and Company investment firm. As Business Insider reports, the investment firm cites its own “field work” studying Apple’s supply chain in asserting that the iPhone 8 will feature “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a…

Could Samsung’s Upcoming Wearable Use Contactless Biometrics?

Could Samsung’s Upcoming Wearable Use Contactless Biometrics?

Images have leaked of Samsung’s next major fitness tracking device—or rather, pair of devices. Called the SM-R150, the system comprises a wristband and a circular device that can be attached to the user’s shirt. With its circular display, the wristband elements appears similar to Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch. The other component, also circular, bears only…