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iPhone 8 Touch ID panic button tipped in new Apple patent

iPhone 8 Touch ID panic button tipped in new Apple patent

Apple is working on turning its biometric sensor into a secret panic button, with Touch ID potentially being used to send out a cry for help if you're getting mugged. Detailed in a freshly published patent, granted to Apple earlier this week, the so-called "Biometric Initiated Communication" method relies on the ability of the fingerprint sensor to differentiate not only between different fingertips but how they make contact. It could potentially mean the iPhone 8 is able to use Touch ID as another input option.

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This iPhone 8 Touch ID report is getting people worried

This iPhone 8 Touch ID report is getting people worried

A bit of a cautious interpretation of iPhone 8 news is necessary in light of the possibilities. A report from analysts at KGI suggests that Apple is having a bit of a hard time getting an under-OLED display Touch ID sensor to work. As such, some potential user worry has grown a bit out of hand - suggesting they've understood this to mean that there won't be any Touch ID sensor at all.

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The big iPhone 8 Touch ID question may just have been answered

The big iPhone 8 Touch ID question may just have been answered

It's already a given that Apple wants to give the iPhone 8 the biggest possible display for 2017, but the jury is still out on where that leaves its fingerprint sensor. Getting rid of the home button has obvious benefits, but a rear-mounted Touch ID scanner is ergonomically questionable, while integrating it into the Retina display is technologically tricky. Now, another way for Apple to slim the new iPhone's bezels and maximize screen real-estate without sacrificing Touch ID has emerged, an alternative to baking the sensor into the display itself.

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The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8 will embed its fingerprint scanner into its display, a new report claims to confirm, with a new technology helping minimize the bezels while maintaining Touch ID's convenient location. Speculation has been rife about the flagship iOS smartphone expected to launch later this year, particularly with regards to how it will balance existing specifications that iPhone fans now expect with Apple's own desire to slim down the handset's bezels significantly. Part of that will involve using a brand new display technology.

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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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