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Rumor: High Commission Fees Hinder Apple Pay Negotiations in Israel

Rumor: High Commission Fees Hinder Apple Pay Negotiations in Israel

Apple has entered into negotiations that could bring Apple Pay to Israel. The tech giant is now in talks with Israeli banks and credit companies, although the two sides are currently at odds over Apple’s high commission fees, which are usually somewhere between 0.15 and 0.25 percent of each transaction. While those numbers may not…

Apple Patent Application Places Touch ID in the Crown of the Apple Watch

Apple Patent Application Places Touch ID in the Crown of the Apple Watch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent application that would essentially turn the Apple Watch’s digital crown into a Touch ID sensor. The crown would stick out from the main body of the watch, and use light-transmission technology to guide an image of the user’s finger to a sensor located within…

2021 iPhone to Have Capacitive Touch ID-Enabled Power Button: Ming-Chi Kuo

2021 iPhone to Have Capacitive Touch ID-Enabled Power Button: Ming-Chi Kuo

A report from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will re-introduce Touch ID in a coming iPhone to be released in 2021. The power button on the device’s side will be capacitive and feature a fingerprint scanner, according to the Kuo’s report. Apple abandoned Touch ID and its use of biometric fingerprint…

Apple Partners with Gyms to Improve Smart Watch Tracking

Apple Partners with Gyms to Improve Smart Watch Tracking

In an effort to help its customers keep track of their fitness activities when at the gym, Apple is partnering with the gyms themselves to launch the Apple Watch Connected program. Because fitness trackers tend to rely on GPS to detect distance travelled — like going for a jog or bike ride — using it…

Senators Wear Apple Watches During Impeachment Trial Despite Electronics Ban

Senators Wear Apple Watches During Impeachment Trial Despite Electronics Ban

According to Roll Call, at least seven U.S. senators were wearing an Apple Watch during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial this week, despite rules of decorum that say no electronic devices or phones are permitted in the chamber. Senate leadership guidelines state that all electronics should be left in the cloakroom during the trial in…

Biometric OLED-based Touch ID Detailed in New Apple Patent

Biometric OLED-based Touch ID Detailed in New Apple Patent

A newly published Apple patent application details yet another technology that points to the eventual return of Touch ID. This time, the patent specifically concerns OLED screens, and explains how the screens can be used to deliver a form of in-display fingerprint recognition on phones, laptops, and other mobile devices. If Apple follows through with…

Muddled Rumors Detail New 5.4-inch iPhone with Face ID

Muddled Rumors Detail New 5.4-inch iPhone with Face ID

Tech analysts are sorting through a confusing pile of iPhone rumors in the wake of a new report from MacOtakara. The rumors primarily concern the anticipated iPhone SE 2 and an updated version of the iPhone 8. For those interested, the main takeaway is that Apple seems to be developing a new, budget friendly iPhone…

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

A new patent filed by Apple suggests that there may be a future version of the Apple Pencil that will be equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner, advanced gesture support and perhaps even a camera. The first generation of the Apple Pencil was launched in 2015 with that year’s iPad Pro model, with a refresh…

Withings Smartwatch with ECG Scanner Can Monitor Signs of Sleep Apnea

Withings Smartwatch with ECG Scanner Can Monitor Signs of Sleep Apnea

Smartwatch maker Withings has unveiled its latest offering at CES 2020 this week, the ScanWatch — a smartwatch capable of tracking the wearer’s biometrics and identifying signs of sleep apnea. Using an SpO2 (peripheral capillary oxygen saturation) sensor that transmits light into the wearer’s blood vessels, the ScanWatch can take measurements throughout the course of…

New Rumor Suggests iPhone Could Get In-Display Touch ID as Early as 2020

New Rumor Suggests iPhone Could Get In-Display Touch ID as Early as 2020

In-display Touch ID could be arriving sooner than expected. A new rumor suggests that Apple could introduce a new iPhone with in-display fingerprint recognition as early as 2020, a full year ahead of the 2021 prediction that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made back in August. The rumor comes courtesy of LetsGoDigital, which based its report on…

OPPO Reno3 Smartphones Feature Optical In-Display Fingerprint Sensor from Goodix

OPPO Reno3 Smartphones Feature Optical In-Display Fingerprint Sensor from Goodix

Smartphone manufacturer OPPO has launched its 5G-capable Reno3 and Reno3 Pro smartphones that feature Goodix’s optical in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. Goodix’s fingerprint sensor — embedded beneath the smartphone’s display — is ultra thin, which allows for more internal space for things like 5G antennas and larger batteries. The trend of smartphone manufacturers moving…

Mobile Biometrics and National ID in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Mobile Biometrics and National ID in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

2019 is rapidly coming to a close, but the past week in mobile identity has brought some big new developments, with smartphone biometrics and national ID being particularly hot topics in the latest Mobile ID World roundup of our top stories. With respect to smartphone tech, readers proved highly interested the news that Samsung’s iris-scanning…

Amazon, Apple, Google to Work Together on Open Standard for Smart Home Devices

Amazon, Apple, Google to Work Together on Open Standard for Smart Home Devices

Amazon, Apple and Google have announced they will be teaming up to develop an open-source standard for connected smart home devices. The partnership, called Project Connected Home over IP, aims to make sure that any supported devices are able to work together with any smartphone or voice assistant, while making the development of new devices…

Apple Awarded Patent for In-Display Touch ID

Apple Awarded Patent for In-Display Touch ID

Apple has been awarded a patent for an optical sensor that could be used for an under-display fingerprint scanner in a future iPhone, and a report from Patently Apple says the same sensor technology is already in use the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. While previous iPhones with fingerprint scanners used capacitive sensors, this patent calls…

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

Apple has filed a patent application for an improved version of Face ID that would be able to recognize partial faces and overcome poor lighting conditions. The newly published application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent specifically concerns a neural network module for a device equipped with a TrueDepth camera.…

Wearables Market Shipments up 94.6% in Q3 of 2019

Wearables Market Shipments up 94.6% in Q3 of 2019

According to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the shipment of wearable devices worldwide rose in the third quarter of 2019 to 84.5 million units, an increase of 94.6% from Q3 in 2018. Most of the growth in the market was driven by the increased demand for new hearables products, which accounted for…

Apple Patent Describes Gaze Tracking System

Apple Patent Describes Gaze Tracking System

A newly granted patent suggests that Apple is continuing to refine its Face ID face scanning system, and may even be planning to bring it to its laptop and desktop devices. As Patently Apple reports, the new patent concerns gaze and head tracking. It outlines how infrared light can be used to track a user’s…

Future iPhone Could Have In-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Future iPhone Could Have In-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

There may be a version of next year’s iPhone that will come equipped with an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, according to a recent report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. The report suggests that Apple representatives have arranged to meet with GIS, a Taiwanese manufacturer, to discuss the development of a future iPhone with an in-display…

Apple Express Payments Come to London Transit

Apple Express Payments Come to London Transit

Apple and Transport for London (TfL) have announced the ability to use Apple’s Express Transit feature of Apple Pay with London’s entire transit network. With the Express Transit feature, Apple Pay users can now simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch against one of TfL’s transit terminals to pay for their ride, without the need…

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