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Apple Beta Tests Touch ID and Face ID for iCloud Logins

Apple Beta Tests Touch ID and Face ID for iCloud Logins

Apple is currently beta testing a new iCloud feature that will allow users to sign into their iCloud.com accounts using Touch ID or Face ID on a compatible Apple device. The new sign in capabilities would be introduced with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina, all of which are also in the beta testing…

Apple Adds Voice Recognition to HomePod Speaker

Apple Adds Voice Recognition to HomePod Speaker

Apple’s HomePod is getting a voice recognition update that will allow it to identify different individuals. The multi-user feature will enable the smart speaker to recognize multiple voices, which will in turn allow it to offer personalized notifications, reminders, and media recommendations based on the on the preferences of the person doing the talking. The…

Apple Could Ditch Face ID to Cut Cost of Chinese iPhones

Apple Could Ditch Face ID to Cut Cost of Chinese iPhones

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new version of the iPhone designed specifically for the Chinese market. The new phone would ditch Face ID in favor of an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, largely in an effort to cut costs and remain competitive during the ongoing trade war between the US and China. The move would…

New iPadOS Quietly Delivers Face ID Upgrade

New iPadOS Quietly Delivers Face ID Upgrade

Apple has announced a new operating system for the iPad, effectively branching the software of its tablet line from that of its other mobile devices and their iOS operating system. To be clear, the new iPadOS is very much built on the foundation of iOS; but the branding change seems aimed at least in part…

WebAuthn Support Grows with Apple, Twitter, Coinbase Backing

WebAuthn Support Grows with Apple, Twitter, Coinbase Backing

“For end users, the support means being able to implement greater security when authenticating online.” WebAuthn, the component of the FIDO2 authentication standard that pertains to biometric or security key-based authentication through web browsers, is gaining traction: Apple has enabled support for WebAuthn in its latest Safari Technology Preview for macOS, and Twitter and Coinbase…

This Week’s Top Stories Focus on Enterprise Security and In-Display Biometrics

This Week’s Top Stories Focus on Enterprise Security and In-Display Biometrics

As always, there’s a pretty considerable topical range to this week’s assortment of top stories from Mobile ID World, spanning smartphones, wearables, enterprise IT, and even workplace safety. But this week’s batch of our top five articles also entails two clearly discernible trends… One is something we see a lot in the contemporary tech scene:…

Apple’s New 8-Core MacBook Pro is Twice as Fast, Features Touch ID

Apple’s New 8-Core MacBook Pro is Twice as Fast, Features Touch ID

Apple has upgraded its flagship MacBook Pro computers, announcing that the new 15-inch Pro will be the first MacBook with an 8-core Intel processor. The 8-core notebook will be twice as fast as the previous generation quad-core notebook, giving the laptops more utility as enterprise-level coding and rendering machines.  “Whether it’s college students mastering a…

Apple Patents Smart Fabric System That Can Sense When You’re Hot and Cool You Down

Apple Patents Smart Fabric System That Can Sense When You’re Hot and Cool You Down

“It’s a bold idea, but not completely unheard-of. Startups like Montreal-based OMsignal have long been experimenting with biometric wearables like the OMbra biometric sports bra, which is equipped with heart rate and respiratory sensors.” A newly published Apple patent points to some of the wilder ideas that the company’s engineers sometimes explore. This one concerns…

Touch ID Could Make In-Display Comeback in 2020: Barclays Analysts

Touch ID Could Make In-Display Comeback in 2020: Barclays Analysts

“It would be a surprising move for Apple after the company dropped fingerprint scanning in its pivot to 3D facial recognition, but Apple has gestured in this direction in recent patents…” Analysts with Barclays have laid out some predictions for Apple’s 2019 and 2020 iPhones, and they include a potential comeback for Touch ID. The…

Engineering Firm Confident in Acquisition of Face ID Laser Tech Provider Finisar Despite US-China Trade War

Engineering Firm Confident in Acquisition of Face ID Laser Tech Provider Finisar Despite US-China Trade War

US-based engineering firm II-VI is reassuring investors that its acquisition of Finisar should proceed as planned despite the US government’s placement of Huawei on its trade blacklist. The acquisition was approved by shareholders of both companies earlier this year, paving the way for a merger that could significantly extend the applications of Finisar’s 3D Sensing…

Apple Pay Arrives in Iceland

Apple Pay Arrives in Iceland

The Apple Pay network continues to expand. The tech giant has announced that its biometrically secured mobile wallet platform is now available in Iceland, launching with support from the Icelandic banks Arion Banki and Landsbankinn. More banks are expected to add support for the platform in the not-too-distant future. To use Apple Pay, Arion Banki…

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

A newly published Apple patent application suggests that an unexpected biometric modality could be on its way to Mac computers. The patent application was originally filed with the European Patent Office in 2017, and, as Patently Apple reports, expands the number of features that could potentially be delivered through the Mac Touch Bar from 12…

Apple Patent Brings New Biometric Authentication Options to Apple Watch

Apple Patent Brings New Biometric Authentication Options to Apple Watch

Apple has filed a patent for a new form of biometric authentication that could be deployed in a future version of the Apple Watch. Originally filed in Q3 2018, the new invention is a light field camera capable of sub-epidermal imaging. The camera would be placed on the underside of the Apple Watch, where it…

Apple Watch’s ECG System Comes to Europe, Hong Kong

Apple Watch’s ECG System Comes to Europe, Hong Kong

“The ECG data from the Health app can be shared as a PDF with physicians, potentially enabling diagnosis and treatment for conditions that otherwise might have gone undetected.” The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram capability is now being rolled out in Europe and Hong Kong through a new software update. First unveiled along with Apple’s latest iPhones…

Face ID is Key to New Platform That Rewards Ad Watching with Movie Tickets

Face ID is Key to New Platform That Rewards Ad Watching with Movie Tickets

A co-founder of MoviePass is looking to leverage Apple’s Face ID system for a new movie ticket platform, according to Adweek. The aim is to force members to watch ads in exchange for movie tickets, and the company is hoping that early adopters will pay for the privilege through a Kickstarter campaign. Whereas the idea…

Apple Innovates on the Credit Card Concept with Biometric Security, Daily Cash Back

Apple Innovates on the Credit Card Concept with Biometric Security, Daily Cash Back

“A titanium physical card will also be available for shopping in stores, but the card won’t feature a card number, CVV, signature, or even an expiry date – all of that information will need to be accessed from the iPhone.” The rumors were true: Among its other announcements this week, Apple has unveiled a new…

Alcatraz AI Rakes-in $6 Million in Funding Round

Alcatraz AI Rakes-in $6 Million in Funding Round

“Alcatraz AI has indicated that it will use its new capital to further refine its computer vision technology…” Alcatraz AI, a biometric AI startup founded by a former Apple engineer, has brought in $6 million in venture capital through a new funding round. The company specializes in 3D facial recognition for access control. It was…

Authorities Requested Permission to Compel Michael Cohen to Biometrically Unlock His iPhone

Authorities Requested Permission to Compel Michael Cohen to Biometrically Unlock His iPhone

The legal debate over whether police can compel criminal suspects to unlock their smartphones with biometrics has reached its highest profile yet, with the news that FBI investigators sought permission to use Michael Cohen’s fingerprints or face to unlock his iPhone. Cohen has been near the center of the ongoing investigation into possible campaign violations…

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Newly published patent applications from Apple suggest that the company is still working on improvements to the renowned 3D facial recognition system used to authenticate users on its latest iPhones. As Patently Apple reports, one of the patents concerns the use of ‘subepidermal imaging’ to assess features such as blood vessels to establish an even…

Apple Pay Now Has 383 Million Users: Loup Ventures

Apple Pay Now Has 383 Million Users: Loup Ventures

Apple’s biometrically secured digital payments platform continues to attract new users, according to a new analysis from Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm had estimated in August of last year that Apple Pay had attained 31 percent of active iPhone users; now, after assessing data points from Apple’s December 18th earnings call, the firm says…

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