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Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patent shows methods for iPhone to save fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and download on another iPhone. Filed in August of 2015, this patent appears to have been a "continuation in part" of a patent application from July of 2013, a patent which has now been "abandoned" in favor of this new listing. This new patent application suggests that Apple devices with fingerprint sensors would first collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but that they would also be capable of uploading that information to the cloud for storage.

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Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

"Apple picking", as New York law enforcers called the spate of iPhone theft, is now a thing of the past. Well, at least mostly, partly thanks to Apple's strong stance on encryption and locking down stolen phones. But there might be times when it isn't your iPhone that is in danger but you yourself. Presuming you still have some presence of mind, and an iPhone of the future, you might be able to not only lock down your phone but also discretely call for help, thanks to a recent patent that Apple filed.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

If you listen to the cynics, the "s" in Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stands for "same-old". The tick-tock upgrade cycle of the best-selling smartphone has led many to expect revolution one year and then mere evolution the next. Turns out, though, Darwin himself would be impressed by what Apple has achieved with its flagship iPhones in 2015.

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I want my next iPhone to have dimples

I want my next iPhone to have dimples

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s is, if you believe the early impressions, about as big a change to touchscreen phones as capacitive multitouch was eight years ago. Having tried it myself, earlier this month when Apple officially unveiled the 6s and its iPhone 6s Plus sibling, I certainly agree that it's an intriguing mixture of new and familiar: something you acclimatize to almost instantly, but the potential of which for shaking up interface design is vast. What intrigues me is how it could contribute to the evolution of one of the iPhone's most consistent design elements.

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OnePlus confirms fingerprint scanner for the OnePlus 2

OnePlus confirms fingerprint scanner for the OnePlus 2

There is little doubt that Chinese startup OnePlus really wants to bring on the heat, figuratively and literally. It has already revealed that it will be using the highly contentious Snapdragon 810, v2.1, come what may. Now it is confirming that the OnePlus 2 will also have a fingerprint sensor. Of course, it's not enough for OnePlus to say that. It is also claiming that this particular sensor is a "fingerprint sensor done right", which will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows from fans of Apple's Touch ID tech, so far considered to be the best implementation there is.

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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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iPhone 6c leaked at Apple Store

iPhone 6c leaked at Apple Store

A possible mess-up in an early uploading of images to Apple's store website reveals a new iPhone. This newest iPhone would - more than likely - be called the iPhone 6c, adding a Touch ID sensor to the already colorful iPhone 5c. This previous model replaced the iPhone 4s as the lowest-end iPhone of the bunch, coming with a plastic backing in several bright colors instead of a metal back. The release of the iPhone 5c also effectively ended the reign of the 3.5-inch display on all iPhones.

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Here’s why Touch ID may not be working for you in the App Store

Here’s why Touch ID may not be working for you in the App Store

Fixing bugs in apps is a lot like whack-a-mole; you nail one or two down, and another take their place. Sometimes more than one. Sometimes, that new one is more annoying and difficult than the others were, combined. such might be the case with iOS 8.3, as users on Reddit are reporting Touch ID is not working properly with the update. While it’s not the connection-killer that Apple experienced with a previous update, Touch ID doesn’t seem to be working for App Store visitors.

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Apple interested in putting Touch ID sensor directly into touchscreen displays

Apple interested in putting Touch ID sensor directly into touchscreen displays

One of the largest ongoing critiques against the iPhone has been the fairly large bezels above and below the display. With Apple's flagship mobile device still sporting a circular home button, there's been little to shave off and maintain the iPhone's symmetric look. If Apple ever does decide to reduce, or eliminate, the home button, there would be nowhere to put the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, right? Maybe not, as a recent patent discovery hints that Apple may one day implement the sensor directly into its touchscreens.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

When Apple Pay was launched alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the discussion surrounding mobile payments sparked positively. No longer were we talking about how various carriers were supporting their own brand, but how Apple was bringing some balance to the mess. Google rode Apple’s coattails a bit with Wallet, their long-standing, languished mobile payment service that never quite caught on. Now, the Wallet team is pinching from Apple’s playbook, and will be integrating Touch ID into Wallet.

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FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

I'm calling it right now: I predict within a few years (let's say around the "iPhone 7's" release) that Apple will have a native solution for unlocking your Mac using your iPhone/iPad's Touch ID sensor. I'm basing this on Apple expanding the use of Touch ID through Apple Pay and opening it to developers, as well as the new Continuity features that OS X and iOS to work near-seamlessly together. But, until then, a non-native solution is already here in the app FingerKey for iPhone.

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