fingerprint sensors

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 The technology was effectively superseded in most iPhone models with the launch of the iPhone X back in 2017, when Apple added Face ID facial recognition.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown reveals the bigger fingerprint sensor

Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown reveals the bigger fingerprint sensor

While it does look significantly different from the outside, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is, to some extent, an incremental upgrade compared to its predecessor. Almost all the internal components have been upgraded, as one would naturally expect, with only a few notable standouts. One of those is, of course, the display panel that's now compatible with an S Pen stylus. The other noteworthy upgrade is the fingerprint scanner, something you won't see unless you tear down the phone first.

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Qualcomm’s new in-display fingerprint sensor should fix our 2 big complaints

Qualcomm’s new in-display fingerprint sensor should fix our 2 big complaints

Qualcomm has revealed the latest version of its in-display fingerprint sensor, promising faster and more accurate scanning for a technology brought back into the spotlight by the ongoing pandemic. Though for a while it seemed that facial recognition would replace fingerprint login as the preferred way to unlock your phone, the fact that such systems struggle with face masks has led to a resurgence in interest.

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Galaxy Note 20 fingerprint scanner vulnerability repeats history

Galaxy Note 20 fingerprint scanner vulnerability repeats history

Samsung was one of the first smartphone makers that eyed in-screen fingerprint sensors but it was one of the last to actually adopt it. Even then, the technology it used ended up being more than disappointing. First introduced in its 2019 lineup, the fingerprint scanners that used Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology was proven to be susceptible to being fooled by screen protectors. It turns out, Samsung's 2020 Galaxy Note 20 phones were just as vulnerable to that trick.

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iPad Air 4 might break tradition in many surprising ways

iPad Air 4 might break tradition in many surprising ways

The iPad Air has always had a special but confusing place in Apple's tablet portfolio. Initially touted as a successor to the mainline iPad 4, the iPad Air became its own thing before being discontinued in favor of the first iPad Pro. It resurfaced last year with a new lease in life but still with an uncertain position in the grand scheme of things. Now Apple's thinnest and lightest iPad might once again spark the public's interest but once again blur the lines between Apple's iPad lines.

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August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

Smart locks have been offering hi-tech ways to secure our homes but their apps ironically only provide old and less secure ways of securing access to those locks. Many phones these days provide biometric security in the form of face recognition and fingerprints to have a more accurate and foolproof way to gain access to a smartphone or files. Finally, August and Yale smart locks can now take advantage of these same technologies but the feature comes with one important catch.

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Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Google advises using Chrome's built-in features to remember information you repeatedly enter into web pages, including and especially the ones you use for secure transactions. Whether you're comfortable handing Google your logins and credit card details is a different question but it's unarguably convenient and potentially safer in some ways. It's still not completely convenient, though, and there are still a few steps that Chrome's Autofill can be made quicker yet even more secure, something that Google will soon be rolling out to Android, starting with biometrics support for credit card info.

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Galaxy Note 20 leaks hint at the improvements that Samsung needs

Galaxy Note 20 leaks hint at the improvements that Samsung needs

Calling the Galaxy S20 a moderate success might be too generous. While not exactly a disaster, the reception of Samsung's latest flagship has been relatively lukewarm due to a combination of a global health crisis, exorbitant pricing, and excessive features. There are rumors that the company might scale back some of those in the Galaxy Note 20 while also pushing forward others. If the latest data drop is any indicator, however, those changes might exactly be what Samsung needs.

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Samsung in-display fingerprint scanner speed has an unreliable fix

Samsung in-display fingerprint scanner speed has an unreliable fix

Samsung was one of the first rumored to adopt an in-display fingerprint scanner, one that was supposedly developed in partnership with Synaptics. In the end, it was one of the last major manufacturers to actually adopt it and it even used a different sensor based on Qualcomm's ultrasonic technology. The final experience was less than impressive both in terms of accuracy and speed but some users claim to have found a "fix" to address the latter issue.

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JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI or Japan Display, Inc. is perhaps best known for making, as its name implies, display panels, many of which end up on smartphones. It does, however, also dabble in technologies only related to screens on the periphery, like biometrics and imaging sensors that can be placed under its display. Its latest boast may not yet have any display-oriented application but the new ultra-thin image sensor it has developed is in itself already impressive in how it combines two properties often found in two separate sensors.

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Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple has patented an optical fingerprint sensor that could be used for an in-display scanner in a future iPhone, but we don't have to wait to see that tech in action. The freshly-granted patent comes amid ongoing questions about what type of biometric security method Apple will use in its future smartphones, and speculation that Face ID won't be the only system it relies upon for user authentication.

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iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

Qualcomm just recently announced the evolution of its 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology and, truth be told, we did find it to be a huge step forward. 3D Sonic Max, as it is called, checks off almost all the complaints that real-world users had with it on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, at least on the company's demo units. Unsurprisingly, hopes are running high that this new piece of tech would be adopted by more smartphone makers, including Apple. But while it's always within the realm of possibility for the 2020 iPhone to have it, it could be a huge step back as far as Apple is concerned.

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