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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…

2019 iPhones to Get Upgraded Face ID, iPad to Get ToF Tech: Ming-Chi Kuo

2019 iPhones to Get Upgraded Face ID, iPad to Get ToF Tech: Ming-Chi Kuo

Respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that next year’s iPhones will get an upgraded Face ID system and that future iPad models might also incorporate Time of Flight (or ToF) sensor technology. The predictions come by way of a note to investors in which Kuo explains that the upgraded Face ID system will feature…

Apple Patent Describes Facial Recognition on a Mac

Apple Patent Describes Facial Recognition on a Mac

A newly published Apple patent suggests the company has been exploring the possibility of using facial recognition for user identification on its Mac computers for a couple of years now. First filed in Q3 of 2016, the patent is primarily concerned with the creation of a depth map through a Mac’s embedded camera that could…

iOS 12 Icon Points to Face ID for the iPad

iOS 12 Icon Points to Face ID for the iPad

There’s now more evidence that Apple is planning to bring its Face ID authentication system to the next version of the iPad. The latest clue, like the last one, comes by way of a beta version of iOS 12, Apple’s mobile operating system. As 9to5Mac reports, someone has discovered an icon in iOS 12 that…

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

“… one supplier involved in the VCSEL laser technology needed for Face ID, Win Semiconductors, posted revenues of about $149.47 million for Q2 of 2018, a 19.71 percent year-over-year increase.” A new industry report offers further evidence that Apple is planning to bring its 3D facial recognition system to all of its new iPhones and…

Face ID Supplier Prepares to Open New Factory

Face ID Supplier Prepares to Open New Factory

One of Apple’s key components suppliers is getting ready to open a new production facility. In a statement announcing its upcoming factory opening, Texas-based Finisar explained that the 3D Sensing Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser technology to be produced by the facility is “used in a wide range of applications.” But the highest-profile of these…

New iOS 12 Feature May Point to Face ID for the iPad

New iOS 12 Feature May Point to Face ID for the iPad

With the iOS 12 beta now rolling out, it’s becoming clear that Apple has reversed course on a previous policy restricting Face ID authentication to one user per device. As 9to5Mac reports, there is a new feature in the Face ID & Passcode Settings area of iOS 12 allowing users to “Set Up an Alternate…

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

As is its wont, Apple previewed the next version of its iOS mobile operating system during this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and while it offers a number of new features and capabilities, a few in particular reflect broader trends in the mobile industry. Enhanced Augmented Reality The most eye-catching of those is probably its refined…

YubiKey Support Comes to the iPhone

YubiKey Support Comes to the iPhone

Yubico has officially launched a new Software Development Kit for developers working on iOS apps, with the aim of delivering NEO functionality to iPhones and iPads. This is basically the iPhone version of YubiKeys popular USB security keys. While the latter are designed to plug into the USB ports found on all kinds of PCs…