Avi Bar-Zeev, who works on AR/VR/MR, says that eye tracking is the holy grail of advertising (And he’s all for it). While I don’t disagree with that point, I do wonder how prevalent it will become. For example, when Face ID first came out, there was a fear that it could be exploited for eye tracking ads. But that isn’t possible because Apple locks down its technology. I expect the same for Apple Glasses.
Bundled into VR headsets or AR glasses, eye-tracking will, in the near-future, enable companies to collect your intimate and unconscious responses to real-world cues and those they design. Those insights can be used entirely for your benefit. But they will also be seen as priceless inputs for ad-driven businesses, which will learn, model, predict and manipulate your behavior far beyond anything we’ve seen to date.
Apple has told us that Face ID is more secure than Touch iD. It’s the future. So Apple’s decision to use Touch ID on the new iPad mini and Air contradicts Apple’s privacy goal. John discusses.
Take this with a grain of salt because this tweet is all I’ve seen about this. But David Ruddock of AndroidPolice mentioned a Google investigation trying to determine if certain types of fingerprint sensors are secure.
Another CES Story: I’ve heard Google is currently investigating whether current optical fingerprint sensor designs are secure enough to be used for TrustZone auth (mobile payments, banking apps, etc). There is real concern optical FPRs may be too easy to spoof.
Although facial recognition came to Android first, it was there for convenience as a way to unlock your device. But Apple added it for security, and it looks like they bet on the right horse.
A U.S. federal judge has ruled that law enforcement can’t force you to unlock an iPhone or iPad via Face ID or Touch ID.
In the United States, a suspect’s property has the potential to be searched by law enforcement officials as part of an investigation, but some items are typically left alone. While people are protected from having to unlock their devices via a passcode, biometric security has been considered fair game for use by investigators, bypassing the passcode rules.
This will certainly set a precedent for the future. Although it doesn’t completely stop the investigation, it does give people a bit more freedom.
Apple is in a mini-crisis. No, Apple isn’t going away. No, Apple can’t ignore the crisis. What’s the best way to look at the situation?
A security researcher canceled a talk at Black Hat Asia on how to hack Face ID after his employer branded the research “incomplete.”
A senior Google executive said the company will work through technology and policy issue before it sells its facial recognition software.
Finisar, an Apple Face ID supplier that makes laser scanners, has been acquired by optical system producer II-VI, Inc. worth US$3.2 billion.
The MacBook, introduced in 2015, appeared to leapfrog the venerable MacBook Air. It sported a Retina display and USB-C. Now, it may be a dying breed.
Apple unveils new iPad Pro models with Face ID and USB-C at “There’s More in the Making” media event.
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they expect to see landscape as well as portrait orientation support for Face ID on the new iPad Pro, plus they share their thoughts on the battle for AI supremacy in the U.S. and China.
iOS 12.1 beta code shows the iPad Pro that’s expected to be announced on October 30th will likely support portrait and landscape mode Face ID.
While suspects can be forced to unlock their iPhones, cops have been instructed not to look directly at iPhones to avoid Face ID lock out.
During an investigation, the FBI forced a suspect to unlock his iPhone with Face ID. This could be a significant precedent for law enforcement.
Apple’s iOS 12.1 beta code has clues pointing to a fall release for new iPad Pro models with Face ID support instead of Touch ID.
iOS 12 lets you add a second person to Face ID so you and someone else can unlock your iPhone without having to enter the passcode. Here’s how to set it up.
Apple is highlighting Face ID on the iPhone X in a new ad where a quiz show contestant has to remember his bank account password. The pressure is on because time is about to run out and he can’t remember. The ad is called “Memory,” and it’s both a clever and fun reminder of how handy Face ID can be.
iOS 12 includes AvatarKit for iPad, which is a pretty big clue new models with TrueDepth Cameras, Face ID, and Animoji support are coming soon.
The launch of iOS 12 beta this week indicates that we’ll see more than a simple performance upgrade to the iPad this year, with several changes pointing to a new design that looks a lot more like the iPhone X, including Face ID, no home button, and a notch.
Apple is planning on bringing landscape orientation support to Face ID in iOS 12, which sure sounds like a feature for an iPad that unlocks using your face instead of your fingerprint.