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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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After iPhone 13: The new tech coming in 2022, 2023, and 2024

After iPhone 13: The new tech coming in 2022, 2023, and 2024

Over the next few years, the iPhone will see some significant changes. This year's iPhone 13 didn't exactly make major waves when it came to upgrades VS last year's model lineup. According to high-level Apple product predictions released this week, the changes will come in the years 2022, 2023, and 2024 in the form of punch hole front-facing cameras, under-display Touch ID, and foldable smartphones from Apple.

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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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The early iPhone 13 leaks may have been a bit too touchy

The early iPhone 13 leaks may have been a bit too touchy

Revelations this week suggest we're going to see an iPhone 13 this year without features reported in the earliest of smartphone leaks. The iPhone 13, as it's still unofficially called since Apple hasn't officially confirmed its existence, will likely appear at the same time as the iPhone 12, in or around October of the year 2021. At that time, it no longer seems likely that the device will have any finger-based login system - no Touch ID as such.

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New MacBook Pro port details leak after Apple supplier hack

New MacBook Pro port details leak after Apple supplier hack

A ransomware gang suggests this week that they've broken past security of the Apple contractor Quanta. They've suggested that they're holding secret and/or private information hostage, including data and drawings on a pair of Apple products that have not yet been released to the public. One of these items appears to be a new MacBook Pro, likely set for release in the year 2021. Specifications indicated in one drawing say MacBook Pro 2021 could have more ports than it's had in a number of years - which is good.

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Apple Magic Keyboard 2021 has Touch ID built in

Apple Magic Keyboard 2021 has Touch ID built in

There's a new wireless keyboard from Apple this week with a collection of features that make previous models look obsolete. This new Magic Keyboard (revealed and released in the year 2021) has its own Touch ID sensor - meaning you'll be able to log in to your iMac (or whatever computer you're using*) with your fingerprint.

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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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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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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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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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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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The 2020 iPhone could have in-display fingerprint Touch ID

The 2020 iPhone could have in-display fingerprint Touch ID

Apple may have gone all-in with Face ID with its last iPhones, but that reportedly hasn't stopped it working on a new Touch ID that would put a fingerprint reader in the screen of a new phone. Touch ID, which integrated a fingerprint scanner into the home button of the iPhone, started to be phased out back with the launch of the iPhone X, when Apple decided to claim back the bezel space.

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