fingerprint authentication

Apple Patent Hints at Fingerprint Sensor Beneath Display

Apple has been working on adding the fingerprint sensor beneath the touch display, at least this is what its patents suggest. Previous Patently Apple reports have uncovered two such patents; so, with the one granted today, that makes three patents for the same technology. There is another thing that needs to be considered as well:...

Next Up for Touch ID: MacBooks, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad [Rumour]

Tim Cook has been vocal about 2015 being the “year of Apple Pay” and the latest — albeit pretty vague — rumour apparently corroborates this. Taiwanese site apple.club.tw (via MacRumors) claims to have fresh information about the upcoming generations of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. As part of its drive towards...

Apple Patents iCloud-based Touch ID Verification System

Apple today won a patent that describes a solution for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and seamless cross-device syncing solution (via AppleInsider). While it may sound great to skip the Touch ID setup process (you save 20–30 seconds), the problem with this patent is that it undermines the company's earlier claims about Touch ID and the...

Hacker Copies Fingerprint from Public Photos

Europe’s largest hacker organization Chaos Computer Club (or CCC) notes a good reason why you should continually wear gloves (not just winter): anyone with a decent camera can reproduce your fingerprints. To demonstrate, CCC member Jan Krissler (alias Starbug) copied the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, then explained to the audience...

Samsung Considering Eye-Scanning Security for Galaxy S5

Following Apple’s move to implement the fingerprint scanner, Samsung is now studying eye-scanner technology. While there is no particular information on the inclusion of such a feature for the forthcoming Galaxy S5, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer will need to surprise consumers in order to reignite the buzz around its flagship devices, as sales have...

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,...