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iPhone 7’s Home button requires skin contact to function

iPhone 7’s Home button requires skin contact to function

If you've paying any attention to all the recent iPhone 7 news, you've heard that the Home button on Apple's latest device has stopped being a physical button, and is now a pressure-sensitive touch surface that uses vibration to simulate an actual press. Now customers are getting their hands on the iPhone 7, one of the newly discovered drawbacks about this redesigned Home button is that it requires skin contact in order for a press to be recognized.

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iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

“Apple Picking”, referring to the spate of iPhone thefts a few years back, might no longer be as common, but unauthorized physical access to smartphones and mobile devices is still pretty much a thing. Apple, how has been very aggressive with anti-theft measures, has apparently filed a patent that takes things a step further. Based on the patent, an iPhone, under a set of circumstances, could collect biometric information as well as photos of an alleged thief. Or basically anyone trying and failing to unlock the smartphone.

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eBay for iOS adds Touch ID support and ‘One Time Password’

eBay for iOS adds Touch ID support and ‘One Time Password’

eBay has updated its mobile apps, and while the Android update is pretty small (it just adds Android Wear support), the iOS update adds a couple of big features: support for Touch ID and a new one time password feature. Both features aim to improve the app’s overall security, and the Touch ID support in particular has long been requested by users. The one time password option will also be coming to the desktop and Android versions of the service.

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This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

A new sort of home button for the iPhone 7 could be just the feature boost the company needs to bridge the gap between 2016 and the 10-year anniversary of the device. We've thus far been told by tipsters that very little would change between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 - a slightly better camera, perhaps another color metal made available, a different arrangement of antenna lines. What's the big deal, users might wonder, isn't this supposed to be a "tic" year in Apple's trend of "tic tock tic tock?" Perhaps it still is, but next year could be a tic too.

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iPhone Touch ID ATM withdrawal coming to 70,000 locations

iPhone Touch ID ATM withdrawal coming to 70,000 locations

ATMs are about to become a lot more convenient for iPhone users with Touch ID on their device. FIS and Payment Alliance International, two companies in the ATM market, have announced a partnership that will allow Apple's Touch ID to be used to make cardless withdrawals at over 70,000 ATM locations across the US, including gas stations, stores, restaurants, and shopping malls.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

While Apple's WWDC 2016 event hasn't revealed any new hardware, it does mean that we're now roughly 3 months away from an expected September unveiling of the iPhone 7. Purported images and specs have given us good look at the rear of the device — and in turn confirmed the rumors that the iPhone 7 will feature a similar design as the 6s — but now new photos claim to show the front. It looks like an iPhone, just as you'd expect, but there's also an interesting detail about the home button.

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Apple Pay for the web rumored for announcement at WWDC

Apple Pay for the web rumored for announcement at WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is less than two days away, but that's still plenty of time to speculate on rumors and tips about what will be announced during the Monday morning keynote presentation. The latest such news includes a report that Apple Pay could make its way to the web, integrating with select retailers' website to allow quick and easy mobile-based payments.

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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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