Apple patent covers secret biometric ID tracking system of unauthorized users

Apple has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering technology that implements secret biometric ID and tracking of unauthorized users, according to a report by Patently Apple. Filed in Q2 2016 and published on November 14, patent 9,819,676 introduces a new advanced biometrics security measure that collects fingerprints as a means of identifying unauthorized individuals attempting to unlock a person’s iPhone, tablet or MacBook. The biometrics of an unauthorized individual trying to unlock a person’s

Apple developing redesigned 2018 iPad with facial recognition

Apple is developing a redesigned iPad that could be released as early as 2018 that integrates key iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and the Face ID facial recognition feature, according to a report by Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter. Despite these new features, the new iPad is unlikely to include an OLED screen, which more accurately reproduces colors. The sources, who asked not to be identified talking about private product development, confirmed that at least one new

App developers use of iPhone X face data raises concerns among privacy experts

Privacy experts applauded Apple for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on solely the phone itself, however, these privacy promises do not apply to the thousands of app developers who will have access to facial data in order to create entertainment features for iPhone X users, according to a report by Reuters. Last month, Senator Al Franken expressed his appreciation to Apple for addressing his privacy and security concerns over the

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. Are stock indices ready for a pullback? As markets continue to trade near record highs some suggest there are signs the trend could be at an end. One analyst pointed out the S&P 500 recently

KGI Securities analyst says 2018 iPhones will continue to use existing Face ID, TrueDepth technology

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he believes that predictions of Apple’s late 2018 iPhone model to use a lower-spec TrueDepth system that is comprised of hybrid glass and plastic lenses are untrue, according to a report by AppleInsider. The note comes nearly a week after Bloomberg reported that concerns over the production schedule for the forthcoming iPhone X have led Apple to reduce the accuracy standard for its Face ID feature. Kuo believes

Apple disputes report that says Face ID accuracy lowered to meet iPhone X production deadlines

Bloomberg reported earlier today that concerns over the production schedule for the forthcoming iPhone X have led Apple to reduce the accuracy standard for its Face ID feature. When Foxconn reassigned up to 200 workers away from the iPhone X production line a month ago, it was reportedly the availability of the 3-D sensor which captures the facial image to unlock the device which caused the slowdown. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reduced his forecast of iPhone X units

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. Thursday was the 30th anniversary of the Great Market Crash of 1987 when the Dow registered its largest single-day decline ever. Markets sold off sharply the day before the anniversary, as well as Thursday morning.

Apple addresses Senator’s privacy and security concerns regarding Face ID

Senator Al Franken expressed his appreciation to Apple for addressing his privacy and security concerns over the company’s Face ID facial recognition technology, which will be available in the upcoming iPhone X, according to a report by CNet. Franken had previously sent Apple a letter following the company’s announcement of the iPhone X, which raised concerns about whether the company could protect people’s privacy. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has said the company used more than 1 billion photos to

KGI Securities analyst predicts iPhone models in 2018 to ditch fingerprint recognition

In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will likely replace the Touch ID fingerprint sensor with facial recognition capabilities on all iPhone units planned for manufacturing in 2018, according to a report by MacRumors. According to Kuo, Apple will fully adopt Face ID as its authentication method to give it a competitive edge over Android smartphones. In the past, Kuo has forecasted that it could take years for Android smartphone manufacturers to produce comparable

KGI securities analyst says Apple’s Face ID turning Android developers away from under-screen fingerprints

KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has penned a new research note stating that news of Apple’s upcoming release of iPhone X with Face ID is shifting interest in the mobile industry from under-display fingerprint recognition to camera-based 3D sensing technologies for user authentication, according to a report by MacRumors. According to the note, inquiries by Android smartphone vendors into 3D-sensing technologies have at least tripled since Apple announced the November release of the iPhone X, which will feature TrueDepth camera