All items tagged with "Touch ID"

Oops! Apple Store gaffe may have spilled the iPhone 6c early

Notice anything different?

Notice anything different?

Is Apple preparing to deliver a refreshed iPhone 5c? A product image on its own online store shows what could be a new iPhone 6c sitting atop the new Lightning iPhone dock. The device carries the same plastic back we’re already familiar with, as well as a Touch ID sensor.

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Future phones could be unlocked by monitoring brain waves

Never mind Touch ID, this could be the best way of unlocking future phones.

Never mind Touch ID, this could be the best way of unlocking future phones.

Touch ID made unlocking your phone faster than previously, but you know what’s more secure than fingerprints as authentication? Brainwaves.

That’s according to Blair Armstrong of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain, who feels that the most secure type of biometrics technology could one day involve measuring the brain response of individual tech users to various words or acronyms.

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Apple’s new patent could supercharge Touch ID

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Someday, you might be running everything from your Home button.

Apple filed a patent application today that could someday help you use Touch ID to run everything on your iPhone or iPad without covering the screen with your fat digits.

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Thumbs down: iOS update breaks Touch ID for some

Apple's fingerprint scanner is experiencing a Touch of bother. Photo: Apple

Apple’s fingerprint scanner is experiencing a Touch of bother. Photo: Apple

Apple dropped its third major update for iOS 8 yesterday, and along with racially diverse emoji, two-factor authentication for Google and new Siri languages came another altogether unwelcome addition: a fault that is stopping Touch ID from working for many users.

Sadly, this is the kind of thing that is becoming a more regular occurrence for Apple. Despite exciting new hardware developments like the Apple Watch, the company has been getting increasingly sloppy with software updates — with routine and sometimes crucial functionality taking a hit on what feels like a regular basis.

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The iPhone 6c would be a hit if it looked like this

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If we’re getting an iPhone 6c, I want it to look like this. Photo: 3DFuture

A somewhat surprising lack of interest in the iPhone 5c means Apple’s unlikely to have another stab at a more affordable iPhone category for a long time, but these beautiful mockups of a would-be iPhone 6c make us wish that wasn’t the case.

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The magic and mystique of Apple’s industrial design team, this week on The CultCast

The mythical, elusive, rarely-seen-in-the-wild, Apple ID team. Photo: D&AD Awards

The mythical, elusive, rarely-seen-in-the-wild, Apple ID team. Photo: D&AD Awards

Jony Ive and his infamous design team aren’t simply creating the Apple products you use and love, their influence is reshaping Apple itself. On this episode, we look back at Jony’s humble start, and examine how Sir Ive and team became the powerful core of the world’s greatest company. Plus, we bet you just can’t wait to get behind the wheel of your very own Apple-made … minivan? We’ll fill you in on the latest Apple car rumors.

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The magic and mystique of Apple’s industrial design team, this week on The CultCast

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British banks are finally securing their apps with Touch ID

The new sound of Touch ID is "ka-ching!" Photo: Apple

The new sound of Touch ID is “ka-ching!” Photo: Apple

In a U.K. industry first, two major banks in the United Kingdom are finally adding Touch ID identification to their iOS apps.

RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature using their existing security information, but can use Touch ID after that. As with the Touch ID login on iPhone, users who get three failed login attempts to their banking services will have to re-enter their passcodes.

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Touch ID might be coming soon to MacBooks, Magic Mice and trackpads

Touch ID is ready for an upgrade. Photo: Apple

Touch ID is ready for an upgrade. Photo: Apple

Touch ID has completely changed security on the iPhone, and now Apple’s fingerprint-scanning technology could soon be coming to the Mac.

Apple is planning to bring Touch ID to the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to sources at Taiwanese Apple blog Apple.Club.tw. In the past, the site successfully leaked the iPad Air 2 logic board, the Touch ID sensor and the iPhone 6 Lightning port, so it has a track record for accuracy. The site claims Apple has big plans for Touch ID in 2015 and wants to put it in everything from MacBook Pros to Magic Mice.

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If Cupertino’s cooking up an Apple car, here are the features we want

What would an Apple car look like? Photo: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

What would an Apple car look like? Concept art: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

If Apple really is working on a car, what would it look like? And what would we want it to look like and do?

The growing chorus of rumors about Apple’s possible automotive ambitions — and the hard facts about the car designers it’s already recruited — don’t prove Cupertino is working on a car. But if Apple is staffing up to transform the transportation industry, what features might it deliver in its human-transport device?

Here’s what we’d like to see in the very first iCar.

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iPhone 6s may feature updated Touch ID sensor for better Apple Pay

Touch ID is ready for an upgrade. Photo: Apple

Touch ID is ready for an upgrade. Photo: Apple

Touch ID is going to get a big upgrade in the next iPhone, according to a new rumor from reputable Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.

In his latest note to investors, Kuo says Apple plans to upgrade the fingerprint scanning technology in its Touch ID module this year to reduce the number of reading errors and offer a “better and safer Apple Pay user experience.”

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