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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…

New Huawei Flagship Combines In-Display Fingerprint Sensor with 3D Face Scanning

New Huawei Flagship Combines In-Display Fingerprint Sensor with 3D Face Scanning

“…the device’s biometrics really help it to stand out from the pack, with Huawei combining fingerprint-based security with a 3D facial recognition system…” The cat is out of the bag: The fingerprint sensor of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone is under its display. The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro was officially unveiled in London this week,…

Forensics Consultant Advises Police Not to Look at iPhone X

Forensics Consultant Advises Police Not to Look at iPhone X

“…newer iPhones are designed to require a passcode after five unsuccessful unlock attempts using Face ID, the facial recognition system that allows iPhone users to unlock their devices just by looking at them.” At least one forensics consultant is advising police to avoid looking at a criminal suspect’s iPhone X, in case they need to…

Why It’s Such a Big Deal That All of the New iPhones Use Face ID

Why It’s Such a Big Deal That All of the New iPhones Use Face ID

Ever since Apple introduced the world to its Face ID facial recognition system with the launch of its iPhone X last autumn, there have been rumors and speculation that Face ID would quickly become Apple’s primary biometric authentication system, at least on the iPhone. And last week, Apple confirmed those rumors, unveiling three new iPhones,…

Samsung Mobile Head Promises Big Changes for Galaxy S10

Samsung Mobile Head Promises Big Changes for Galaxy S10

In the shadow of last week’s big iPhone announcements, Samsung is trying to churn up the anticipation for its next Samsung Galaxy smartphone, with the company’s mobile head, DJ Koh, asserting that the forthcoming Galaxy S10 will feature “very significant” design changes. The comments were made at a Chinese media event last week, though Koh…

BRIEF: What Does Apple’s Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?

BRIEF: What Does Apple’s Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?

Apple confirmed longstanding speculation last week with its unveiling of its three new iPhone models for 2018. Like last year’s iPhone X, all of the new devices have abandoned Apple’s pioneering Touch ID fingerprint authentication system in favor of Face ID, an infrared, 3D facial recognition system. Face ID is now the sole means of…

iPhone X Sequels Show Apple’s Definitive Switch to Face ID

iPhone X Sequels Show Apple’s Definitive Switch to Face ID

“Nothing succeeds like excess,” Oscar Wilde wrote, and it’s a lesson Apple has taken to heart. The company has unveiled its newest iPhones, and one of them is the biggest smartphone (some would say “phablet”) that Apple has ever produced. First things first, though: The standard new iPhone is the iPhone Xs. No one was…

Yubico Looks to Lightning Port to Bring U2F Security to the iPhone

Yubico Looks to Lightning Port to Bring U2F Security to the iPhone

Yubico has announced a new mobile SDK that enables Lightning support on iOS. It’s a workaround to Apple’s notorious unwillingness to open its NFC technology to third party developers, and the lack of USB ports on mobile devices in general. These factors have thus far prevented Yubico from establishing connectivity between Apple devices and its…

New iPhones to Feature Face ID, Even Budget-Friendly LCD Model: Reports

New iPhones to Feature Face ID, Even Budget-Friendly LCD Model: Reports

“Overall, iPhone shipments are expected to reach 70-75 million units by the end of the year, forecasting a resurgence of popularity not seen since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” With this autumn’s anticipated new iPhone launches fast approaching, details about the products – and their market expectations – are getting…

Apple Wants to Put Your Passport in Your Phone, Patent Suggests

Apple Wants to Put Your Passport in Your Phone, Patent Suggests

A new Apple patent suggests the company is considering the idea of letting users put their passports into their virtual Apple wallets. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed on March 30th, and describes a system in which an electronic device could import credential data from an official piece of ID such as a passport…

VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

Evidence that Apple is planning to bring Face ID to its new smartphones this year continues to mount, this time thanks to a quarterly update from VCSEL supplier Lumentum. As a provider of vertical cavity surface emitting laser technology, Lumentum is a key supplier for Apple’s flagship facial recognition system, which is designed to create…

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…

Samsung Galaxy S10 to Sport 3D Facial Recognition and In-Display Fingerprint Scanning

Samsung Galaxy S10 to Sport 3D Facial Recognition and In-Display Fingerprint Scanning

Samsung is looking to compete on multiple biometric fronts with the next addition to its Galaxy S line, and is ready to sacrifice the signature feature of its last few smartphones. According to reports from Samsung’s supply chain, the company is looking to drop iris scanning for its Galaxy S10 – but is going to…

iOS 12 Password Manager to Get Biometric Security Boost on Mobile

iOS 12 Password Manager to Get Biometric Security Boost on Mobile

With its upcoming annual update to its Safari browser, Apple is aiming to markedly improve security through the integration of a built-in password manager that will be paired with biometric security when used on an iPhone or iPad, according to a Computerworld report. The functionality comes by way of a new API that will allow…

BRIEF: The Face ID Effect

BRIEF: The Face ID Effect

When Apple revealed its Face ID system for user authentication with its launch of the iPhone X last autumn, many wondered whether the mobile industry would shift away from fingerprint recognition and to facial recognition for user authentication. Several months later, it’s not clear that fingerprint recognition is going anywhere – that technology is still…

Apple Pay Gets ‘Smooth Entry’ Into Norway

Apple Pay Gets ‘Smooth Entry’ Into Norway

Apple Pay has made it to Norway, launching in the country with the support of Nordea Bank, Santander Bank and Sbanken. The banks are allowing customers to upload their Mastercard, Visa, and debit cards to Apple’s biometrically secured mobile payments platform. Meanwhile, Danish merchant acquirer Clearhaus says it’s extending Apple Pay support across Norway-based online merchants.…

Student IDs Coming to Apple Wallet

Student IDs Coming to Apple Wallet

Apple is delving into mobile access control, in collaboration with HID Global and ASSA ABLOY. The companies are developing a mobile ID solution that will essentially create a virtual smart card for students in the Apple Wallet app. The virtual student ID card is designed to take advantage of NFC technology, allowing students to open…

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