Face ID

Pixel 4’s Face Unlock Has One Glaring Security Oversight

Pixel 4’s Face Unlock Has One Glaring Security Oversight

Google has delivered a sophisticated biometric security feature in its latest Pixel smartphones, but it has a glaring potential flaw: the devices’ Face Unlock system can authenticate a user even if they’re eyes are closed. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL‘s Face Unlock system is otherwise pretty impressive. Taking a cue from Apple, Google…

Samsung Patent May Hint at 3D Face Unlock for Galaxy S11

Samsung Patent May Hint at 3D Face Unlock for Galaxy S11

A new patent filed by Samsung shows a smartphone with three front-facing sensors in a hole-punch display. Assuming that at least two of the sensors are cameras, this raises some interesting speculation as to what purpose the third sensor on the front could mean for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S line of smartphones. Launched earlier this…

Phones and Cards Dominate This Week’s Top Stories

Phones and Cards Dominate This Week’s Top Stories

Smartphones and biometric cards dominate this week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s most popular articles. On the smartphone side of things, it will come as no surprise that readers proved interested in the biometric capabilities of Apple’s newest iPhone lineup. Apple has established itself as a real leader in the world of mobile biometrics, helping…

Latest Rumor Suggests Apple Will Ditch Camera Notch for 2020 iPhone

Latest Rumor Suggests Apple Will Ditch Camera Notch for 2020 iPhone

A new rumor suggests that Apple is preparing to ditch the front-facing camera notch that was first introduced with the iPhone X in 2017. The company would instead squeeze the TrueDepth Face ID sensors into the thin bezel at the top of the phone, which would create more real estate on the front of the…

Apple’s iPhone 11 Off to a Solid Start at Launch

Apple’s iPhone 11 Off to a Solid Start at Launch

Apple’s new iPhones hit store shelves on Friday, and early signs point to a successful launch. As with previous iPhone launches, the impending release of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max drew lineups of Apple fans starting on Thursday evening in major cities such as Berlin, London, Singapore, Sydney, and…

Apple Hogs the Spotlight in This Week’s Top Stories

Apple Hogs the Spotlight in This Week’s Top Stories

There’s a pretty wide range of coverage on Mobile ID World, given the growing vastness of the mobile identity ecosystem; and a given week’s top stories generally reflect that diversity. This week was a bit different, though. Apple unveiled its latest lineup of gadgets. It’s a yearly tradition that always garners a lot of attention,…

Face ID is Back and Better Than Ever in the New iPhone 11

Face ID is Back and Better Than Ever in the New iPhone 11

“Apple says Face ID is now 30 percent faster with an improved performance at a range of distances.” The prognosticators were right: Apple’s newest iPhones feature an enhanced version of Face ID, with Touch ID yet to make its return (if it ever comes back). The biometric enhancements are relatively modest. Apple says Face ID…

Bloomberg Piles On Evidence of In-Display Touch ID for Future iPhones

Bloomberg Piles On Evidence of In-Display Touch ID for Future iPhones

“…Bloomberg reports that Apple is actually planning to deliver in-display Touch ID to the iPhone next year, with the technology currently being tested by its overseas suppliers.” A new report from Bloomberg is offering further evidence that Apple is indeed working on an in-display version of its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. Touch ID helped…

Google Security Researchers Detail Major Attack Against iPhone Users

Google Security Researchers Detail Major Attack Against iPhone Users

Thousands of iPhone users may have had their devices hacked by malicious code found in a handful of websites, according to security researchers with Google. The security vulnerability has been revealed through a new blog post from Google’s Project Zero team member Ian Beer. The post describes a small group of websites that were likely…

New iPhones to Feature Enhanced Face ID System: Report

New iPhones to Feature Enhanced Face ID System: Report

This year’s new iPhones will feature an enhanced Face ID system that can scan users’ faces even if the phone is laying flat on a table, according to a Bloomberg report. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the situation,” the report lists a number of features of the anticipated iPhone devices as well as other offerings…

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

It was a mobile-heavy week on Mobile ID World – at least with respect to our most popular articles. Biometric authentication proved to be an important theme among those stories, and as for individual companies in the news, Samsung spent the most time in the spotlight. That’s thanks in large part to the company’s latest…

Tencent Researchers Beat Face ID Liveness Detection with Glasses and Tape

Tencent Researchers Beat Face ID Liveness Detection with Glasses and Tape

A team of Tencent researchers has managed to get past Face ID’s liveness detection with a pair of glasses and some tape. To execute the attack, the researchers placed a strip of black tape on each lens. The tape mimics the outline of the eye, while a dot of white tape in the center imitates…

2021 iPhones to Feature In-Display Touch ID: Ming-Chi Kuo

2021 iPhones to Feature In-Display Touch ID: Ming-Chi Kuo

“It’s a rare scenario in which Apple would be following the lead of its rivals, with other smartphone makers already launching devices featuring both facial recognition and in-display fingerprint scanning capabilities.” Renowned mobile market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again making headlines with a bold prediction for the future of the iPhone, asserting in a…

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google is handing out $5 gift cards in exchange for five minutes of face time with random people on the street. The company is reportedly training a new facial recognition algorithm that would be deployed in the next generation of Pixel smartphones. The algorithm would essentially give Google an in-house alternative to Apple’s Face ID,…

Apple Highlights Touch ID on New Laptops, but Face ID is MIA

Apple Highlights Touch ID on New Laptops, but Face ID is MIA

“While the new laptops’ announcement comes soon after the launch of a new iPhone commercial in which Apple touted Face ID as easier and more secure than Touch ID, it nevertheless emphasized Touch ID as a highlight of the new laptops’ features.” Apple has updated its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, but still hasn’t…

Smaller Notch Report Fuels In-Display Touch ID Speculation for Future iPhone

Smaller Notch Report Fuels In-Display Touch ID Speculation for Future iPhone

A new report from renowned mobile industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo lends further credibility to the speculation that Apple is planning to incorporate in-display fingerprint scanning into at least one forthcoming iPhone model. Kuo doesn’t focus on this technology specifically, but asserts in his latest report that at least one iPhone planned for Apple’s 2020 iPhone…

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 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…

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