Touch ID

A closer look at the capabilities and risks of iPhone X face mapping

Face ID has already generated a lot of excitement but the switch to a facial biometric does raise privacy concerns -- given that the human face is naturally an expression-rich medium which, inevitabl

The iPhone X is now available for pre-order

The iPhone X, the device TechCrunch is calling Apple’s best iPhone ever, is now available for pre-order. In case you’ve spent the last month living under a rock and missed the news —

Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

Apple has now responded to a letter from Senator Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

Offering to gate the smorgasbord of personal content that lives on a mobile device behind a face biometric inevitably raises lots of security questions, even as always on face-scanning tech being hous

iPhone 7 could replace the home button with a touch surface

If you’ve been following Apple for a few years, you know that the company loves to remove buttons, ports and everything that sticks out. According to a new report from Mark Gurman, Apple plans to re

References in macOS Sierra hint at MacBook Pro with Touch ID sensor and OLED mini screen

Rumor has it that Apple has been working on <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2016/05/24/the-new-macbook-pro-could-feature-a-touch-id-sensor-and-an-oled-mini-screen/">an ambitious update</a> for th

Auto Unlock on your Mac hints at future MacBook Pro with Touch ID

Apple just unveiled macOS 12 <a target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/events/wwdc-2016/">at WWDC</a>, the next version of Apple’s operating system. Among other things, the company announ

Apple iPhone sees first YOY sales dip ever

For the first time in its history, the iPhone is experiencing a drop in sales. In 2015 at this same time, Apple sold 61 million units of the iPhone. This year, for the period ending March, Apple only

Apple doesn’t consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

Despite Apple’s highly publicized sparring match with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, security engineers pushed back against the idea of App

Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The pa

Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments

With their array of shiny new features, bigger screens, and better hardware, there’s been no shortage of attention paid to the launch of the new iPhones. Early reviews seem to indicate that the comp

Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings

Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) related to its new Apple Pay mobile payment system, and within the document, it goes into detail about how the near field communication between the ph

Apple Details Touch ID And The A7’s Secure Enclave In Updated iOS Security Document

Apple has shared some information around how Touch ID and its Secure Enclave keeps information private in an updated security document newly posted to its "iPhone in Business" microsite. The new info

CEO Tim Cook Says Touch ID Was Part Of Apple’s Thinking Around Mobile Payments

Apple CEO Tim Cook actually discussed mobile payments directly on the company’s earnings call today, saying that it’s an area that has “intrigued” the company and that mobile p

Patent Application For Touch ID Shows How Apple Secures Fingerprint Information On iPhone 5s

A new patent application published by the USPTO (via MacRumors) shows some more detail around Apple's use of Touch ID and the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s. Apple has been mostly quiet about the

Let’s Kill The Aid Industry

Long have I nursed a healthy contempt for the aid industry. As I spent much of a decade <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rezendi.com/tales.htm">wandering around the planet</a>, taking local public

Hackers Bypass Apple’s Touch ID With Lifted Fingerprint

Fingerprint scanners have always been vulnerable to hackers who are willing to go the extra mile to bypass them. Over the years, we've seen everything from people using <a target="_blank" href="http:/

Your Nosy Boy/Girlfriend Can Unlock Your iPhone 5s With Your Thumb While You Sleep

The passcode can't die yet. The iPhone 5s's Touch ID fingerprint security system can be unlocked with your finger even if you're asleep. That means a jealous lover could hold your phone to your thumb

Watch A Cat Unlock The iPhone 5s Using Touch ID And The Fingerprint Sensor

As you can see in the video above, Apple's new fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s isn't restricted to human users. Using a ready-to-hand pet cat, I tested the hypothesis that you could register the i

An Apple ID Is Now Required For Online Genius Bar Appointments

Apple is now requiring that all users booking a Genius Bar appointment online sign in with an Apple ID. Previously, users could instead fill out a form with name, address and email in order to book an
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