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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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