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How to Discreetly Disable Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone

Friday September 22, 2017 9:07 am PDT by
There's an Emergency SOS feature built into iOS 11 that has hidden functionality -- it automatically disables Touch ID and makes it so your passcode has to be entered to unlock your iPhone. Because it essentially shuts down the biometrics on your device, you can't be compelled by a police officer or malicious person to unlock your iPhone with a fingerprint, nor can your fingerprint be used to...

How to Password Protect Notes in iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:34 pm PDT by
Although more prominent features like Night Shift and a few new Quick Actions are getting the spotlight with the launch of iOS 9.3, one new lesser-known update is definitely worth checking out. In iOS 9.3, Apple has improved the functionality of its first-party Notes app with the ability to add password or Touch ID security for individual notes. The feature allows users to prevent access to...

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MasterCard Reveals Credit Card With Built-In Fingerprint Sensor

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:01 am PDT by
MasterCard today unveiled a biometric chip-and-pin credit card featuring a built-in fingerprint sensor that takes cues from mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay. The card can be used to make purchases like any other, except rather than keying in a PIN number, card holders can choose to place their finger over the square sensor to approve the transaction. Alternatively, users can take a ...
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iPhone 8 Without Touch ID Doubtfully Called One 'Likely Option' if Apple Can't Place It Under Display

Monday April 17, 2017 9:18 am PDT by
Apple may be forced to eliminate Touch ID from the tentatively named "iPhone 8" altogether if it cannot resolve issues with integrating the fingerprint sensor underneath the smartphone's display within the next month or so, according to Andy Hargreaves, equity research analyst at Pacific Crest Securities. "iPhone X" concept by designer Gabor Balogh Hargreaves isn't the first analyst to think...
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Apple is Struggling to Integrate Touch ID Under the iPhone 8's Display

Wednesday April 12, 2017 9:41 am PDT by
Apple's supposed "biggest bottleneck" in preparing to mass produce the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display remains integrating Touch ID underneath the display, according to a research note from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri obtained by MacRumors. Arcuri, citing his own "field work" within the supply chain, said the current yield of Apple's in-house AuthenTec-b...
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Apple Has a Redesigned Fingerprint ID Solution For the iPhone 8

Friday March 3, 2017 2:05 am PST by
Apple is set to feature its own in-house developed integrated fingerprint ID technology in the OLED version of its next iPhone, according to a new report out on Friday. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is expected to feature a virtual home button embedded in the display, but questions persist over the role of Touch ID in such a radical redesign, as conflicting reports from analysts, rumors of biomet...
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New iPhone Patent Suggests Touch ID May Live on in a Different Form

Thursday February 23, 2017 2:42 am PST by
One of the more contentious iPhone 8 rumors we've seen recently is the claim that with the removal of the Home button, Apple will ditch its Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology and replace it with another form of bio-recognition hardware. While several possible alternatives have been put forward – such as iris scanning, facial recognition, and even a combination of technologies –...
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Apple Exploring Fingerprint Sensing MicroLED Displays Sans Touch ID

Tuesday February 14, 2017 1:54 am PST by
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent that describes a display capable of reading a user's fingerprint without a dedicated Touch ID sensor (via AppleInsider). The patent is interesting given current rumors swirling around the iPhone 8, which is expected to do away with the home button and integrate Touch ID directly into the display, but perhaps more noteworthy is the...
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'Unprecedented' Warrant Request Sought to Compel Individuals to Open Fingerprint-Locked Devices

Monday October 17, 2016 9:50 am PDT by
In a new case that echoes Apple's past struggle with the FBI, the Department of Justice has been granted a warrant to search a home in Lancaster, California -- and all the smartphones inside of it -- for all "passwords, encryption keys, and other access devices that may be necessary to access" the various handsets and tablets discovered inside the location. Notably, this includes requiring every...
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Apple Researching Forensic Data Capture in Cases of iOS Device Theft

Thursday August 25, 2016 3:23 am PDT by
Apple is investigating ways that future iOS devices could store the biometric details of suspected criminals in cases of theft (via AppleInsider). An Apple patent published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes "Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification", by using an iPhone or iPad's Touch ID feature, camera, and other sensors. The proposed system augments...
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Cardless Withdrawals With Touch ID Coming to Over 70,000 ATMs Across the U.S.

Friday July 15, 2016 7:33 am PDT by
FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States. FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw...
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Apple Working on OS X 10.12 Feature Allowing Macs to Be Unlocked via iPhone's Touch ID

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:39 pm PDT by
Unlocking an iPhone via Touch ID in lieu of a passcode makes it much easier to maintain security while preserving convenience, and Touch ID's ease of use has left many Mac users wondering when a similar feature might be introduced for Apple's desktop and notebook machines. There has been speculation Apple might introduce dedicated Touch ID fingerprint scanning hardware for the Mac, but as it...
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Apple Quietly Added New Passcode Requirement for Touch ID

Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:22 pm PDT by
Apple recently added a new passcode requirement rule for iPhones with Touch ID enabled, according to MacWorld. The new rule requires a user to enter a passcode when an iPhone or iPad has met two conditions: the device has not been unlocked via a passcode for six days and has not been unlocked with Touch ID for the past eight hours. Users (including this reporter) began noticing this change...
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Judge Grants Search Warrant Forcing Woman to Unlock iPhone With Touch ID

Monday May 2, 2016 9:07 am PDT by
For the first time in a federal case, authorities in a Los Angeles courtroom have issued a search warrant forcing a woman to bypass her iPhone's biometric security using Apple's Touch ID system (via LA Times). The woman in question -- Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan -- was arrested due to charges of identity theft and had previous strings of various criminal convictions. According to jail records, U.S....
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Apple's Average iPhone Users Unlock Their Devices 80 Times Per Day

Monday April 18, 2016 3:59 pm PDT by
During a Friday call with reporters where Apple discussed the security of iOS devices, Apple shared some interesting statistic on iPhone unlocking that were highlighted this morning in a report from Ben Bajarin (via The Verge). According to Apple, the average iPhone user unlocks his or her iPhone 80 times per day, and 89 percent of iPhone users who have access to Touch ID have set it up and...
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Viral Video Claiming iPhone Passcode 'Glitch' is False

Monday March 7, 2016 2:46 am PST by
A video that has gone viral which claims to reveal a glitch allowing anyone to unlock a passcode-protected iPhone has been exposed as false. The YouTube clip, called "iPhone Unlock Without Passcode Glitch", depicts a user gaining access to a Touch ID-equipped device by first asking Siri what time it is. When the spoken request brings up the time, the user taps on the clock face to reveal...
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Norway to Force Accused Criminal to Unlock His Phone via Fingerprint

Tuesday February 9, 2016 7:30 am PST by
Norwegian police will force a 27-year-old man accused of drug possession to unlock his mobile phone via fingerprint, according to local website Bergensavisen [Google Translate]. The police believe the confiscated smartphone may contain evidence about where he obtained the illegal substance. The man, who reportedly admitted he was culpable, has refused to unlock his phone for police since...
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Apple Obtains Touch ID-Related Patents From Biometric Security Firm Privaris

Friday June 26, 2015 10:07 am PDT by
Apple has been working to acquire the intellectual property assets of Charlottesville, Virginia-based biometric security firm Privaris, according to CNN. Privaris recently transferred 26 of its 31 patents to the iPhone maker, including 4 patents in December 2012 and dozens more in October 2014. The patents are primarily related to fingerprint and touchscreen technology that could lead to Touch ...
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Many Users Reporting Touch ID Not Working in App Store on iOS 8.3

Thursday April 9, 2015 6:34 am PDT by
Following the release of iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, many users have turned to the Apple Support Communities, Reddit and MacRumors discussion forums about Touch ID not working in the App Store on the latest software version. The issue affects multiple iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, although the bug does not appear to affect...
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SanDisk Announces 128GB iXpand Flash Drive and Updated Sync App With Touch ID

Sunday March 1, 2015 9:00 am PST by
This week at mobile-focused technology show Mobile World Congress, SanDisk plans to announce a several updates to its line of iXpand Flash Drives and companion app, mainly focused on expanding storage space and enabling quicker and more secure data decryption with the help of Touch ID. The iXpand flash drive includes both USB and Lightning connectors to allow users the ability to easily...
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UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps

Wednesday February 18, 2015 7:26 am PST by
Two banks based out of the United Kingdom - Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest - yesterday announced incoming support of Touch ID in their iOS-based apps, allowing customers to gain access to their accounts without needing to input a user name and password (via BBC News). Customers of each bank will need to activate the Touch ID feature with their existing security information within each...
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Sketchy Rumor Claims MacBooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad to Gain Touch ID

Tuesday February 17, 2015 6:23 am PST by
Touch ID could be headed to the next-generation MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, according to a sketchy rumor from Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw [Google Translate]. The report, citing sources, claims that the fingerprint scanner will be positioned above the trackpad on MacBooks and integrated directly into the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for desktop Mac users....