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The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

If all goes according to plan (or, at least, the rumor machine's version of the plan) Apple's anniversary iPhone 8 will be a huge departure in design. After three years of iterative iPhones, the new model - one of three expected to launch later in 2017, alongside updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - will usher in a huge number of changes. Curved glass and OLED displays; reworked dual cameras; and tiny bezels. I'm excited, certainly, but I'm also worried, and I'm not alone.

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iWork for iOS and Mac got a massive update: What you need to know

iWork for iOS and Mac got a massive update: What you need to know

It's been a big day for Apple fans with the arrival of iOS 10.3, but the updates don't stop there. Apple has also delivered a rather large update for its iWork suite of apps across Mac and iOS. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are all getting new features today, with a few of those additions going live across all three apps at once.

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Apple considering facial, 2-step recognition as Touch ID replacement

Apple considering facial, 2-step recognition as Touch ID replacement

The latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with one of the best track records when it comes to Apple's future hardware plans, was released yesterday, and it includes several expectations of what's to come with the 2017 iPhone. The most notable change is an overhaul of the smartphone's Touch ID fingerprint reader, replacing it with new biometric identification technology, and in turn reducing the need for bezels in the device's design.

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1Password Touch Bar, Touch ID launches ahead of MacBook Pro

1Password Touch Bar, Touch ID launches ahead of MacBook Pro

The highlight of Apple’s new MacBook Pro is, without a doubt, the new Touch Bar. But that bar itself has one feature that is probably the most significant one of all: Touch ID. Bringing to the MacBook Pro the simplicity and security of a technology that has long been on iPhones and iPads, Touch ID promises even faster authentication, be it for the MacBook itself or for online transactions. And 1Password, one of the first third-party services to take advantage of that, has rolled out support for the feature even before the MacBook Pro starts hitting the shelves.

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Apple MacBook Pro event wrap-up: Touch Bar, Apple TV, Touch ID

Apple MacBook Pro event wrap-up: Touch Bar, Apple TV, Touch ID

Now that Apple's MacBook event has concluded, it's time to look back on what all was announced during the presentation. As it turns out, Apple covered a surprising amount of ground during this event, announcing a handful of new products and taking time to demonstrate the new features of these next MacBooks in-depth. In case you missed, here's a run down of everything Apple announced.

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Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Pros this morning, and as has been predicted, the laptop's row of function keys has been replaced with a touchscreen running above the remaining keyboard. It's official name is the "Touch Bar," and it offers context-sensitive buttons on a Retina display that supports gestures as well as taps. Plus, Touch ID has been integrated into the power button, on the far right.

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iPhone 7 uses an onscreen Home button if the physical one stops working

iPhone 7 uses an onscreen Home button if the physical one stops working

Apple's new iPhone 7 features a solid-state Home button instead of one with physical movement; you've likely already heard all about this, along with the potential inconveniences that can come up if there's no physical contact with the Touch ID sensor. But what's new here is the iOS 10's software solution in the event the Home button stops working. What happens if the button is non-responsive — how do you use the phone? Via a temporary on-screen Home button.

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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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