Biometrics

iPhone 8’s Facial Recognition May Support Apple Pay, ‘Multi’ Biometrics, Third-Party Apps

Code uncovered in leaked HomePod firmware suggests the facial recognition system in Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" will support payments, "multi" biometrics and support for third-party apps. Developer Guilherme Rambo posted screenshots of previously unreported functionality related to "Pearl ID," which is reportedly Apple's codename for iPhone 8's facial recognition system. The lines of code reference system support for...

Biometric Facial Recognition in ‘iPhone 8’ More Likely than Ever

Apple is adding facial recognition to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone, further confirming that the company plans to include a biometric facial scanner in ‘iPhone 8’ coming out later this year. According to AppleInsider, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published an Apple application for "Locking and unlocking a mobile device using...

Apple Exploring Ways to Collect Biometric Data of iDevice Thieves

Apple is exploring ways to somehow identify iDevice thieves, the latest patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals (via AppleInsider). The invention, entitled "Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification”, details a simple and not quite legal method of collecting biometric data of the potential thief using the iPhone’s or iPad’s built-in...

Apple Rumoured to Launch EarPods with Biometric Sensors

According to MacRumors, a new ‘wild rumour' is suggesting that Apple may launch redesigned EarPods headphones with integrated biometric sensors for measuring heart rate and blood pressure. The claim, which adds that EarPods will sport an extra mic for 'noise cancelling’ as well, was first posted on anonymous information sharing platform Secret, which makes it impossible...

Apple Wins Patent for a Biometric Headphone System

According to AppleInsider, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has today granted Apple a new patent for a biometric headphone system, which is able to detect a number of metrics such as heart rate, body temperature and even perspiration levels. The filing however does not detail the means by which heart rate, perspiration and other physical...

Biometrics as the Basis for Future Apple products?

The iPhone 5s has arrived with the highly anticipated fingerprint identity sensor branded as “Touch ID,” making it the first (expectedly) widely adopted handset featuring biometric authentication, making password history. But is Touch ID indeed biometric, or just a great marketing term the company uses? Chipworks investigates. Apple's Touch ID uses a 2D fingerprint scanner,...