News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhones

Last week at Mobile ID World we reported on the new Apple product launches, which included new iPhones and a new smartwatch, while mobile payments, Internet of Things, and fingerprint sensor integrations made up the bulk of the industry news.

Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile identity management:

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Mobile ID and the New iPhones

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesOn Wednesday, Tim Cook and this gang of Apple excess took to the keynote stage in order to announce a number of new devices including the Apple Watch Series 2, the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus. Along with the launch of Apple’s latest flagship handsets and wearable tech, the company announced that the Apple Pay mobile wallet is finally on its way to Japan.

Here’s how the September Apple Event touched on topics of mobile identity:

Apple Announces iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Pay to Debut in Japan With New iPhones

Authentication Consortia

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesThe Natural Security Alliance launched its biometric authentication app last week while we saw how FIDO Alliance specifications can be used to protect against mobile banking malware. Here’s how we were talking about the industry alliances last week:

FIDO Approach, Biometrics Keep Secrets from Mobile Malware

Natural Security Alliance Launches Biometric Authentication App

Mobile Payments and Banking

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesAndroid Pay announced the support of major merchants and card issuers last week, along with the launch of QR code functionality. Mastercard’s Masterpass solutions continued to make gains in the mobile wallet wars while the financial services provider delved further into collaboration with PayPal. HSBC made mobile finance news last week too, expanding its embrace of biometrics by enabling online accounts to be opened with the use of selfie-based authentication.

Masterpass Growing Into Formidable Digital Payments Rival

Android Pay Grows with Bank, Loyalty Program, and Mobile Web Support

PayPal and Mastercard Deepen mPayment Collaboration

HSBC Allows Customers To Open Accounts With Selfies

Fingerprints and Mobile Devices

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesFingerprint Cards announced biometric sensor integrations last week involving handsets from multiple OEMs including LG and Huawei. Read more by following the links below.

New Smartphone from Taiwan-Based OEM Features FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech

Huawei GR5 Mini and the LG V20 Feature FPC Biometrics

Biometric Notebooks

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesLaptop computers were part of the discussion last week too, with speculation that the next Chromebook device may ship with an embedded fingerprint sensor. We also took time to unpack the biometric features on the Alienware 17 gaming laptop, which features Windows Hello facial recognition in addition to advanced eye tracking features.

Is Biometric Authentication Coming to Chromebook?

Gamers Can Wake Up And Log In To The Alienware 17 By Looking At It

Fingerprint Focused Happenings

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesPrecise Biometrics announced that CFO Tommy Nilsson is stepping down. Apple scored patent approval for Touch ID last week too, and NEXT Biometrics made a major investment with an aim to aid in the production of its flexible fingerprint sensors.

NEXT Biometrics Invests in Flexible Sensor Production Equipment

Precise Biometrics’ Chief Financial Officer is Stepping Down

Apple Patent Helped to Kickstart Mobile Revolution

Internet of Things

News Roundup: Mobile ID and the New iPhonesFinally, in the world of the Internet of Things, we reported last week on Safran Identity & Security’s IoT focused partnership with a Latin American telecom. Meanwhile, it looks like Sonos has its eyes on the smart home with newly announced Amazon Alexa functionality and more.

Sonos Aims for the Smart Home with Alexa, Spotify Support

Safran Gets IoT SIM Foothold in Latin America with Telecom Partnership


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