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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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iPhone on-display Touch ID might be 2021’s unexpected headline feature

iPhone on-display Touch ID might be 2021’s unexpected headline feature

We've heard plenty of rumors about 2019's iPhones in recent months, along with a few about the iPhones coming up in 2020. Today, however, we're hearing a new report about iPhones that are a little further off. This report deals with the Apple flagships that will be out in 2021 and their potentially impressive Touch ID capabilities.

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iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

The death of passwords is at hand, or at least that's what proponents of biometrics security would like to say. It might be a while before it becomes as commonplace as the password field but every small step takes us closer. The next small step will seemingly come from Apple who is now testing ways to more securely and more conveniently log into iCloud.com using not strong passwords but stronger fingers and faces instead.

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Huawei might be safer than an iPhone

Huawei might be safer than an iPhone

Let's talk about why Huawei's under fire right now, and why their smartphones aren't any more dangerous to you than an iPhone. This week I've been speaking to people from all over the United States about the value of a smartphone, how Huawei's taking over the world, and why trust in one phone company means trust in a government. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty: Is it safe to use a Huawei phone in 2019?

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WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp can now be locked down with Face ID on Apple's newest iPhones, allowing users of the instant messaging service to secure their chats from prying eyes. The update, released to the App Store this week, also includes support for Touch ID security on versions of the iPhone that have the fingerprint sensor.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple can sing Face ID's praises all it wants but that's not going to chang the fact that there are cases where it is less convenient to use. Then again, even conventional fingerprint sensors, back or front, aren't always accessible at all times. One surface that's almost always accessible, no matter the angle (except face down), is the screen, which is why in-display fingerprint scanners seem to be the new holy grail of smartphones. A new report now claims that even Apple is still silently working on that but, in typical Apple fashion, will be doing things a bit differently.

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The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The iPhone X Plus or the iPhone SE 2, both seem to be part of Apple's plans for 2018. But today's tips suggest that the smaller of these two units will be coming sooner than the larger. The iPhone SE 2, a device we've been waiting since basically right after the iPhone SE was released - it is probably well on its way, and it's more than likely going to continue to look utterly classic.

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iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

Today we're having a peek at the new iPad compared to the old iPad, specs on specs. These two devices are exceedingly similar to one-another, looking a whole lot like each-other on the outside save one minor detail. It's what's inside the counts, in a big way. It begins with the Apple Pencil, a device which works on the new iPad, but does not work with the old.

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iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

Crime shows like CSI are known for using unusual, unrealistic, and sometimes morbid techniques in the pursuit of justice. But, as they say, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Ever encountered a locked iPhone whose owner was just recently deceased? No problem, according to some sources in law enforcement. Police are reportedly using those dead people's fingers to unlock said iPhones in order to find evidence or leads. And best of all, it's completely legal.

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iOS 11 Touch ID lockdown is sneaky security done right

iOS 11 Touch ID lockdown is sneaky security done right

Apple's iOS 11 has a secret lockout option that temporarily disables Touch ID, a so-called "cop button" that could take advantage of legal loopholes about phone searches. While an increasing number of smartphones have fingerprint readers, and indeed all iPhones have for the past few generations, the idea that not all security systems are created equal goes further than just on-device security. In fact, while Touch ID might be more convenient than a PIN code or password, there are cases when it could be less resilient from legal compulsion to unlock your device.

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iPhone 8 face unlock won’t work with Apple Pay

iPhone 8 face unlock won’t work with Apple Pay

The HomePod firmware, which Apple itself “accidentally” leaked, has been a treasure trove of clues ironically for the iPhone 8 rather than the speaker. Because of that, we’ve gotten whiff of what is internally called Pearl ID, which still has to have a buzzword name. For now, “3D face recognition” will have to suffice. According to the latest dissection iPhone 8-related code, Pearl ID authentication can be used for almost anything. That is, except for making payments.

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