Touch ID

Does Touch ID Have a Home Beyond MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar?

Does Touch ID Have a Home Beyond MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar?

“Of course, as things turned out, Touch ID was indeed incorporated into the OLED Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro.” The US Patent & Trademark Office has published six Apple patent applications pertaining to its new keyboard Touch Bar, reports Patently Apple. Half of the patents, filed in 2013, cover the Touch Bar itself, an…

iWork Update Enables Biometric Security for Keynote, Pages, Numbers

iWork Update Enables Biometric Security for Keynote, Pages, Numbers

Apple has upgraded its iWork productivity tools suite with new features including enhanced biometric security. With the upgrade, users can now lock documents with Apple’s Touch ID security system. That means users can set up Keynote slide presentations, Pages documents, and Numbers spreadsheets so that they can only be unlocked with the right fingerprint scan.…

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…

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, has granted approval to seven major banks to offer Apple Pay – Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet – to their customers, paving the way for the service to launch in the state. The banks concerned are Union Bank of Taiwan, First Commercial Bank, CTBC Bank, Taishin International Bank,…

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

“Along with numerous other IP holdings, the patent underscores Apple’s interest in developing in-display Touch ID without definitely showing how exactly it’s going to do so…” Apple has been granted a patent for a system that could turn the entire display of an iPhone screen into a fingerprint scanner. As AppleInsider explains, the system entails…

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further evidence has emerged of Apple’s interest in integrating its Touch ID fingerprint authentication system into the display of the next iPhone, with the publication of a recent patent application detailing a acoustic imaging technology. Basically, the idea is that sound waves are bounced off of a finger to produce a fingerprint image. The pulses…

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With MacBook Pro Touch ID

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With MacBook Pro Touch ID

A major password manager app has now incorporated the biometric security of the newest MacBook Pro. Keeper users can now access their password Vault using Touch ID. It’s among the first applications to take advantage of the MacBook Pro’s fingerprint scanner, a new addition to Apple’s laptop line after the company pioneered the technology on its…

Xero Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Security and Convenience

Xero Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Security and Convenience

Online accounting software provider Xero has enabled Apple Pay for its customers, allowing them to pay invoices via fingerprint scan. With the integration, Apple Pay will now automatically appear as a payment option on invoices from Xero customers using Stripe as their payment service. That means customers who opt to use the mPayment platform won’t…

Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Banco Santander has now enabled Apple Pay support in Spain. In so doing, it holds claim to being the first Spanish financial institution to offer Apple’s mPayment platform. It actually enabled Apple Pay in the UK last year, and offered support to rival mPayment platform Android Pay toward the end of this past summer. It…

Sticker Uses False Fingerprint For Gloved iPhone Access

Sticker Uses False Fingerprint For Gloved iPhone Access

“Called TAPS, the product is essentially a sticker that layers a prosthetic fingerprint over the finger of a glove, allowing an iPhone owner to scan Touch ID even while wearing gloves.” A Vancouver-based startup is raising some funding for a new product based on fingerprint spoofing technology. It’s not for fraudsters; it’s meant to help…

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

“A number of banks around the world have embraced Touch ID for mobile login, but Citibank has become the first to use such biometric authentication to enable mobile stock trading.” Citibank customers in Hong Kong can now log into their mobile banking apps via the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. A number of banks…

BFSI Biometrics to See CAGR of Almost 20 Percent Through 2020: Technavio

BFSI Biometrics to See CAGR of Almost 20 Percent Through 2020: Technavio

Technavio expects strong growth for the BFSI biometrics market. In a new report, the market research firm predicts growth of almost 20 percent for the next three years. In a report synopsis, Technavio highlighted the proliferation of smartphone fingerprint sensors as a factor in the BFSI biometrics market, and indeed, many companies have embraced Apple’s Touch ID…

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

Coloradan financial services company FirstBank has launched its updated iOS app featuring fingerprint-based authentication. The system was developed in collaboration with mobile security specialist Entersekt and represents the culmination of a partnership first announced in February of this year. It allows FirstBank customers to log into their mobile apps by scanning their fingerprints on the…

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay’s base of support in Russia has dramatically expanded today, letting more Russians order products and services through their iPhones and verifying them with secure Touch ID fingerprint recognition. While the mPayment platform launched in the country almost a month ago, it was supported at launch only by Sberbank and Mastercard. Now, as MacRumors…

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Last week Apple finally brought Touch ID biometrics to its MacBook Pro, making good on longstanding rumors that the fingerprint scanning functionality was coming to the laptop in order to take advantage of Apple Pay on the web. The MacBook Pro isn’t the first laptop to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor – Lenovo has had…

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

Validating speculation that has endured for months, Apple has announced a new MacBook laptop that features an OLED touchscreen bar and a built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Much of the early buzz about the new MacBook Pro revolves around the Touch Bar, which is designed to offer adaptive, easy access to popular icons, and dynamically…

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay has gone live in Japan, albeit with some hiccups. While the platform’s pioneering use of Touch ID fingerprint scanning to confirm transactions has helped to popularize the ease of use of mPayments for increasing numbers of customers around the world, compatibility issues with IT infrastructure from partner JR East has caused some difficulty…

Apple Car Development Unlocks Touch ID Car Key

Apple Car Development Unlocks Touch ID Car Key

Apple is scaling back its secret car development project, but its work has already led to some intriguing technological concepts – including the ability to unlock your car via Touch ID. It’s a feature that Apple engineers had evidently envisioned for the company’s own car, which was meant to be at least primarily self-driving. The idea…

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay has made its debut in New Zealand, but with somewhat limited support. Only one card issuer in the country is currently backing the mobile payment platform, and that’s ANZ, whose customers can upload their Visa cards to the app. It’s the same bank that is Apple’s only major supporter among financial institutions in…

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

“The brands are helping to popularize … with Touch ID fingerprint scans still required on paired devices for payment authentication.” Some big names are adding support for Apple Pay on the web, reports AppleInsider. Customers of office supplies retailer Staples will soon be able to make online orders via Apple Pay on the Safari browser. Meanwhile,…

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