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iOS Update Turns iPhone Into Car Key, with Biometric Security

iOS Update Turns iPhone Into Car Key, with Biometric Security

At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week, Apple announced a new service for its new iOS 14 called Car Key, a wireless solution that allows users to unlock their car using an iPhone or Apple Watch and biometric authentication. According to Apple the new service will initially work via near-field communication (NFC), though it…

Apple Enhances Biometric Fitness Tracking with watchOS 7 Update

Apple Enhances Biometric Fitness Tracking with watchOS 7 Update

Apple has further refined the fitness tracking capabilities of its Apple Watch devices, announcing upgrades at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference for 2020. Apple’s latest smartwatches already support relatively advanced biometric capabilities, thanks in large part to the ECG monitor first implemented with the Apple Watch Series 4. Some of the new capabilities arriving through…

Facebook Apps, Digital Payments, and More in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

Facebook Apps, Digital Payments, and More in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

It’s been a busy week in the world of mobile identity, with Mobile ID World readers proving particularly interested in news about mobile apps and payments tech in this week’s top stories roundup. Starting in the mobile domain, this week brought the news that Facebook is now testing the use of Apple’s sophisticated biometric authentication…

Apple Details Programming Schedule for WWDC20

Apple Details Programming Schedule for WWDC20

Apple has shared the programming schedule for the 2020 edition of its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). The 31st iteration of the event will be entirely digital due to COVID-19, and is scheduled to run from June 22-26. The Special Keynote and the Platforms State of the Union presentation will both take place on June 22.…

Enhanced TrueDepth System Could Improve iPhone Biometrics

Enhanced TrueDepth System Could Improve iPhone Biometrics

A new Apple patent suggests that the company is still working to enhance its sophisticated facial recognition technology. The patent describes a compact, next-gen apparatus for Apple’s TrueDepth camera system. This is the component of the iPhone that powers Apple’s Face ID authentication system, projecting a grid of infrared light onto a user’s face in…

New iPhone 13 Rumors Hint at Possible USB-C Connector

New iPhone 13 Rumors Hint at Possible USB-C Connector

The Japanese site Mac Otakara has shared a mockup of what is ostensibly supposed to be the iPhone 13. The design is based on leaked schematics obtained through sources at Alibaba. If the designs do eventually prove to be accurate, the iPhone 13 will be a 5.5″ device with ultra-thin bezels and no notch. It…

Google Enables YubiKey Support on iOS Devices

Google Enables YubiKey Support on iOS Devices

“It’s the latest indication of Google’s enthusiasm for 2FA security…” iPhone and iPad users can now secure their Google apps with Yubico’s Two-Factor Authentication solutions. The functionality arrives with Google’s support for the WebAuthn authentication protocol on iOS, Apple’s mobile operating platform. This means that users of Apple’s mobile devices can now enable their Google…

Another Report Points to Biometric Sensors in Future AirPods

Another Report Points to Biometric Sensors in Future AirPods

According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is planning on adding ambient light sensors (ALS) to a future generation of its popular AirPod wireless headphones. Though this new report speculates that the ALS tech in these future AirPods may be health-related, adding to Apple’s growing lineup of biometrically enabled health-focused wearables, it is very similar…

Samsung Developing Debit Card for Mobile Payments Platform

Samsung Developing Debit Card for Mobile Payments Platform

“The card is being developed in collaboration with digital money management specialist SoFi, and will take the form of ‘an innovative debit card backed by a cash management accounts,’ Samsung explained.” The mobile payments arms race continues, with Samsung having recently revealed that it is currently developing a payment card that will be associated with…

New MacBook Pro Features Touch ID for Biometric Authentication

New MacBook Pro Features Touch ID for Biometric Authentication

Apple has announced several updates and new features for its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop, which now comes equipped with the new Magic Keyboard including Touch ID biometric authentication, more storage, faster processors, and more. “Whether you’re a college student, a developer, or a creative pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers powerful performance, a stunning…

Google Leverages Apple Biometrics to Secure Drive Platform

Google Leverages Apple Biometrics to Secure Drive Platform

“…Google’s support of Apple biometrics offers a refreshing example of one tech giant’s willingness to work with a rival’s technology for the greater good of end user security.” Google is now officially taking advantage of Apple’s sophisticated biometric security systems to help protect users of the iOS version of its Google Drive app. First announced…

iOS Beta 13.5 Lets Users Wearing Face Masks Skip Biometric Authentication

iOS Beta 13.5 Lets Users Wearing Face Masks Skip Biometric Authentication

Apple has released the latest beta version of iOS 13, which includes an adjustment to the Face ID biometric authentication system in which if a user is wearing a face mask they can skip the process and go straight to the passcode screen. The change comes at a time when a growing number of people…

Leaks Point to iPhone 12 Biometrics, Price Tag

Leaks Point to iPhone 12 Biometrics, Price Tag

A new pair of leaks regarding the highly anticipated 5G iPhone 12 have surfaced, adding to the speculation regarding the return of Touch ID to the lineup, and perhaps shedding some light on the price point of Apple’s next flagship. Though Apple did return to Touch ID as its chosen method of biometric authentication with…

New Rumors Suggest 5G iPhone Could Support In-Display Touch ID

New Rumors Suggest 5G iPhone Could Support In-Display Touch ID

Another outlet is predicting that Apple could introduce in-display Touch ID as early as this year. The latest rumors come courtesy of Economic Daily News (EDN), and specifically concern Apple’s anticipated 5G iPhone. According to EDN, at least one of Apple’s high-end 5G iPhones could offer in-display fingerprint authentication, which would be delivered through a…

Report: Apple to Delay Mass Production of iPhone 12 Due to COVID-19

Report: Apple to Delay Mass Production of iPhone 12 Due to COVID-19

A new rumor suggests that iPhone 12 handsets could be in short supply when the new phone debuts later this year. COVID-19 has disrupted Apple’s usual supply chain and manufacturing operations, so the tech giant is reportedly planning to delay the mass production of its next handheld device. However, it is worth noting that that…

Apple Files Patent for Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Apple Files Patent for Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Apple is continuing to explore different possibilities for in-display fingerprint recognition. The latest rumors come courtesy of a patent application that was filed with the European Patent Office, which details an “under-display optical fingerprint sensor with narrow field-of-view (NFV) collimator and a thin-film transistor (TFT)-based organic imager.” In plainer terms, the system combines a collimator…

Google Plans Debit Card with Biometric Security

Google Plans Debit Card with Biometric Security

Tech Giant Google appears close to announcing a new physical debit card to be used with its Google Pay payment platform, complete with biometric security. The news — which comes via a series of leaked documents obtained by TechCrunch — would position Google in the FinTech industry alongside competitor Apple, following the launch of the…

Face ID to Return in iPhone 12: Leaker

Face ID to Return in iPhone 12: Leaker

An ostensibly leaked design image for the forthcoming iPhone 12 suggests that Apple is sticking with biometric facial recognition for its main line of smartphones, even if its latest device uses fingerprint scanning instead. The image comes by way of Jon Prosser, a leaker who previously forecasted the date of the launch of the iPhone…

iOS Google Drive Users to Get Biometric Security Update

iOS Google Drive Users to Get Biometric Security Update

Google announced that it will be rolling out a new biometric security feature for the iOS version of its Google Drive app this week. The feature, called ‘Privacy Screen’, will give users the option to lock access to the app behind biometric authentication via Face ID , Touch ID, or a password. The Privacy Screen…

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