Face ID

iPhone 13 third-party screen repair breaks Face ID

iPhone 13 third-party screen repair breaks Face ID

For all its effort to paint itself as a champion of consumers, especially when it comes to privacy, Apple has always been one of the biggest enemies of the "Right to Repair" movement. It has put several obstacles designed to deter unauthorized repairs of its products, from MacBooks to iPhones. That hasn't completely thwarted third-party repairs, though, and Apple has been stepping up its efforts, but its latest change might strike a fatal blow to attempts at repairing one of the most commonly broken parts of any smartphone; its screen.

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iPhone 14 under-display Face ID will still have a punch-hole cutout

iPhone 14 under-display Face ID will still have a punch-hole cutout

In the Android world, smartphone makers have long moved away from traditional notches to punch-hole cutouts. Some, like ZTE, Xiaomi, and now Samsung, have even jumped on under-display cameras, sometimes called under-panel sensors or under-screen cameras. Apple, however, has so far remained a loyal bucket notch user, but that might be changing soon. The iPhone 14 could very well see the first time Apple switches to an under-display Face ID implementation, but that doesn't mean the camera will actually be hidden behind the display as well.

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iPhone 13 Face ID could work with face masks and foggy glasses

iPhone 13 Face ID could work with face masks and foggy glasses

Just when face recognition was shaping up to be the de facto biometric security system for smartphones, the world was hit with a pandemic that required people to wear masks most of the time. That threw off many face recognition systems, including Apple's advanced Face ID. Rather than return the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPhone, Apple applied workarounds while working on a more permanent solution. The latter could be coming soon, maybe even on the iPhone 13, and would let Face ID recognize you even when your face is mostly covered by face masks and foggy glasses.

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Mac Face ID prediction suggests patience will be required

Mac Face ID prediction suggests patience will be required

Apple's Face ID may have been logging us into iPhone and iPad for several years now, but the facial recognition tech looks set to finally be coming to Mac too. While recent Mac models have been able to unlock either with a nearby Apple Watch or using a Touch ID sensor, an equivalent to Microsoft's Windows Hello is predicted to be in the pipeline.

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Chrome for iOS experiment brings Face ID lock for Incognito tabs

Chrome for iOS experiment brings Face ID lock for Incognito tabs

Incognito mode, which also goes by Safe Browsing or Private Browsing names, has become a common method these days for less technical users to protect themselves from online spying. The basic idea is that the browser won't keep a log of where users go and also block cookies that would let websites track users as well. As a lawsuit against Google indicates, that isn't a foolproof system and different browser makers might interpret the restrictions differently. All privacy also goes out the window when unauthorized persons have physical access, which is why Google is bringing Face ID security to Chrome on iOS.

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Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Smartphones have become extensions of ourselves and have become pretty personal devices but it's not exactly unheard of to pass our phones to someone. Sometimes a family member or friend needs to borrow your phone for one reason or another and, with direct physical access, even your most secret incognito tabs are rendered ineffective. Google is now experimenting with a simple yet effective way to keep Chrome's Incognito tabs incognito using iOS Face ID or Touch ID.

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iOS 14.5 public beta released with tracking permission, dual-SIM 5G, facemask Face ID

iOS 14.5 public beta released with tracking permission, dual-SIM 5G, facemask Face ID

Today Apple delivered the iOS 14.5 public beta for the masses. This is the latest version of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system made specifically for iPhone devices. Perhaps the most noteworthy addition this update adds is an opt-in to a Face ID unlock with a partially-obscured face - for people wearing a face mask.

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iPhone 13 in-display Touch ID could have mask mandates to thank

iPhone 13 in-display Touch ID could have mask mandates to thank

The iPhone 13 could see the return of fingerprint security, a new report suggests, with work underway at Apple to reboot Touch ID for the upcoming 2021 iPhone range. The technology was effectively superseded in most iPhone models with the launch of the iPhone X back in 2017, when Apple added Face ID facial recognition.

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iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

Apple's next major event is less than 48 hours away but it seems there's still some room for last-minute leaks and tips. Much about the iPhone 12 series, including the iPhone 12 mini moniker, has been going around the Internet for quite a while but, as they say, the devil is in the details. And since this is Apple we're talking about, each of those details count. A lot of attention has been lavished on the iPhone 12's cameras but apparently, even the TrueDepth Face ID camera may have something interesting to offer this year.

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10.8-inch iPad leaked with iPad Pro features

10.8-inch iPad leaked with iPad Pro features

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ were clearly attempts at grabbing back a huge chunk of the tablet market pie but it won't be long before Apple tries to bite back. Cupertino is expected to announce a few new slates, perhaps across its entire iPad line, but details about the upcoming tablets aren't as solid as those for the iPhone 12. In fact, some seem to be conflicting with each other at this point, like these details about a cheaper iPad with expensive features.

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Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Code included with the latest update to builds of macOS Big Sur suggest that FaceID and/or TrueDepth camera tech are coming to the Mac. MacBooks and iMac computers could very well get their own 3D depth-sensing cameras in the very near future if what this code indicates comes to fruition with what's called "PearlCamera."

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iOS 13.5 GM released with two big COVID-19 features

iOS 13.5 GM released with two big COVID-19 features

Apple has pushed out the iOS 13.5 golden master, meaning we're just one step away from the new COVID-19 features for exposure logging and easier Face ID use arriving on iPhones. While there are numerous tweaks and changes expected in iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, two of the most eagerly-anticipated focus on making the iPhone more useful in this time of coronavirus pandemic.

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