iPhone X’s Face ID forces Apple partners to adopt face recognition

In choosing to replace its existing Touch ID fingerprint authentication with the new Face ID facial recognition feature for the upcoming iPhone X, Apple decided to gamble on a strategy that would force companies that support Touch ID in their apps to move to Face ID, according to a report by Computerworld. Since Touch ID was first introduced with the release of 2013’s iPhone 5s, a number of companies including Amazon, Chase, Fidelity, Fidelity Investments, Dropbox, PayPal, eHarmony and Starbucks

Apple’s patent application details advanced facial recognition techniques

An Apple patent application covering a new method of unlocking a mobile device using facial image and depth data collected from specialized sensors and cameras gives more credence to rumors that the tech giant is developing facial recognition systems to either update or replace its Touch ID fingerprint recognition component, according to a report by Apple Insider. Initially filed back in 2013 but only published this week, Apple’s U.S. patent application for “Embedded authentication systems in an electronic device” outlines

Apple developing 3-D face scanning feature to unlock upcoming iPhone

Apple Inc. is developing a new 3-D face scanning feature that will allow users to unlock their iPhone using their face instead of the existing fingerprint recognition login, according to a report by Bloomberg. The tech giant is testing a new 3-D sensor-powered authentication system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and access secure apps by scanning their face, according to sources familiar with the product, who asked not to be identified because the product is still in

Apple granted patent for alternative Touch ID mechanism

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for its invention covering a redesigned Touch ID mechanism for next-generation Apple devices that will feature larger displays by eliminating the standard ‘home button’, according to a report by Patently Apple. Patent application #14/741,831 was originally filed in Q2 2015 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple writes in the patent, “Because the finger biometric sensor assembly #30 is smaller than prior art finger biometric

FirstBank updates mobile banking app with fingerprint biometrics and authentication from Entersekt

FirstBank, Colorado’s second largest bank, has launched its updated iOS mobile banking application with fingerprint biometrics capability and authentication from Entersekt. FirstBank has integrated Entersekt’s security product, Transakt, to provide a one-touch authentication experience leveraging Touch ID. The product pairs fingerprint biometrics with a second factor of authentication, giving added security to mobile banking customers. “Biometrics make a convenient substitute for passwords, the knowledge factor everyone loves to hate, but the factor of possession remains a key element of any

Apple patents fingerprint sensor that scans through iPhone screen

Apple has received a patent that covers a fingerprint sensor that can accurately read fingerprints through structures like a device screen that, according to a report by Apple Insider. Initially filed in September 2014, the patented technology for a “Capacitive fingerprint sensor including an electrostatic lens” could resolve a major design challenge in the rumored design of next year’s iPhone. Based on several reports, the 2017 iPhone will eliminate the home button and feature a “full-screen face” consisting of an

Apple receives patent for Touch ID biometrics feature

Apple has been granted a U.S. patent relating to its Touch ID biometrics feature, according to a report by Patently Apple. Apple’s granted patent 9,436,864 is titled “Electronic device performing finger biometric pre-matching and related methods“, which was originally filed in August 2012 and recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers Apple’s invention relating to the field of finger sensors, or more specifically, Apple’s Touch ID. The patent reads, “The electronic device may include a

Federal judge orders man to unlock iPhone via fingerprint recognition

A federal judge has secretly ordered a Dallas, Texas man who allegedly prostituted underage girls to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to now unsealed federal court documents cited in a report by Ars Technica. The case marks one of the first instances where an individual’s phone has been ordered to be unlocked via fingerprint recognition, but these kinds of government demands are expected to occur more frequently with the increasing public adoption of fingerprint technology. Legal experts have

ForgeRock releases new identity management solution

ForgeRock has released the latest edition of the ForgeRock identity platform, which features advanced new capabilities that will enable organizations to facilitate highly secure, frictionless user experiences using push authentication. In a statement, the company says the platform is the industry’s first end-to-end open source identity management solution to support passwordless login and frictionless second factor authentication capabilities for continuous security. Unlike other identity management solutions that offer passwordless login at the beginning of a session, the ForgeRock identity platform

OCBC Malaysia introduces biometric authentication for mobile banking transactions

Malaysia’s OCBC Bank has launched OCBC OneTouch, a mobile banking app that leverages Apple’s Touch ID technology to create a fingerprint recognition system to give customers quicker access to the balances in their bank accounts, cards and investments. In a report in IBS Intelligence, OCBC Bank’s Head of E-Business Roy Heong commented: “With the majority of mobile banking transactions revolving round checking of account balances, we view the introduction of OCBC OneTouch as key to meeting a significant need of