Touch ID could record prints to catch iPhone thieves

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Sorry, crooks!
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Everyone points and laughs when dimwitted thieves got caught after taking identifying selfies with stolen iPhones or iPads.

However, in its quest to help crack down on Apple-related crime, Apple may go even further by using its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to record the fingerprints of would-be iOS thieves — at least according to a newly-published patent application update.

Everything we think we know about the iPhone 7

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The iPhone 7 is getting some big upgrades.
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The grand unveiling of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is still weeks away, but this year you don’t need to wait for Tim Cook to take the stage to find out all the new features.

Months of leaks have already given us a sneak peek at a lot of the big changes coming to the iPhone. And contrary to early reports that this year’s device will be boring, there’s actually a whole lot to get excited about.

Here’s what to expect from the iPhone 7, based on Cult of Mac’s analysis of everything we’ve seen from reliable leakers and the Apple rumor mill.

Apple engineer to give behind the scenes look at iOS 10 security

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Apple will only collect iOS 10 data if you opt-in.
iOS 10's security secrets will be revealed at Black Hat Conference.
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In an unprecedented talk, Apple plans to give the world an in-depth look at the security features on iOS 10 at the Black Hat USA 2016 conference where hundreds of the top computer security professionals from around the world will gather.

The keynote will be given by Apple Engineer Ivan Krstic who will give technical details about three iOS security mechanisms, including the new Auto Unlock feature that is brand new in iOS 10.

Today in Apple history: Apple acquires the company behind Touch ID

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Touch ID was a massive step forward for Apple.
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July 28July 28, 2012: Apple announces that it is buying biometrics company AuthenTec, ushering in the technology that allows Apple to introduce Touch ID one year later.

Coming with a price tag of $356 million, the deal gives Apple to right to use AuthenTec hardware, software and patents. In the immediate term, Apple engineers start working to build Touch ID sensors into the iPhone 5s. Longer-term, AuthenTec’s mobile wallet tech paves the way for Apple Pay.