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With iPhone 13 in hand, I miss Touch ID more than ever

With iPhone 13 in hand, I miss Touch ID more than ever

I've been traveling this past week, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has been my trusty sidekick. Whether it's boarding passes, camera duties, messaging, or keeping me occupied with ebooks and music, I've found myself staring at the excellent 120Hz ProMotion display a whole lot. Problem is, when the sensors above that screen stare back, they're not seeing what they want to.

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iPhone in-screen Touch ID won’t be happening this year

iPhone in-screen Touch ID won’t be happening this year

There has been a great deal of fuss around in-screen or under-display sensors, most of which are designed to remove bezels or even cutouts from a display. The first to go was the fingerprint scanner, now followed by the front-facing camera. Apple has long abandoned the former, preferring to keep a wide notch to power its Face ID replacement to fingerprint sensors. The company hasn't given up on Touch ID entirely, however, but its next evolution might not appear on the iPhone 13 later this year, after all.

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Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

A staple on smartphones for a few years now, it has only been recently that personal computers have started embracing fingerprint scanners for security. Actually, the hardware has become more prevalent in laptops but has left desktop PCs out of the party. USB fingerprint scanners do exist but most of them are designed to connect closely to laptops only. Kensington is aiming to change that by bringing a desktop version of VeriMark Fingerprint Key to the market.

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Pixel 6 under-display fingerprint scanner seen in Android 12

Pixel 6 under-display fingerprint scanner seen in Android 12

Stock Android hasn't always kept up with the trends and development in biometric security. Fingerprint remains its strongest supported system and even then it only supports the traditional optical sensors on the back of phones or under power buttons. Face recognition is still the same crude one from years ago and not the hi-tech radar-based implementation that the Pixel 4 flaunted two years ago. Now it seems that Google is finally embracing the now-common under-display fingerprint scanning technology in Android 12 but it might also be exclusive to what will eventually become the Pixel 6.

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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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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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