Two Zombie Rumors are Back: iPhone SE 2 and Display Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

I’ve coined the phrase “zombie rumor” because these rumors keep getting resurrected. First it was the Apple TV set, and now it’s the iPhone SE 2 and Touch ID that is embedded into the screen. Mark Gurman tells us about both.

Apple is considering including this in-screen touch sensor in the 2020 iPhone model if testing is successful, the people said. Suppliers have proven their ability to integrate the technology into iPhones, but the company has not managed to mass-produce it yet, one person familiar with the development work said.

I think going back to Touch ID is a step backward. Face ID is more secure, so Apple would be intentionally creating less-secure devices, unless they can somehow get Touch ID up to par with Face ID.

Apple Takes a Step Backwards With Touch ID on New iPads

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad mini 5 and iPad Air (2019)

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.

SXSW: CLEAR Expands Identity Verification from AirPort Security Lines to Point of Sale

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

CLEAR, the company whose members we all enviously gaze upon at the airport as they breeze past those of us in the TSA Pre-Check lines, is expanding their identity verification technology to point of sale. Testing in some Seattle sports stadiums, CLEAR’s ability to use biometrics to confirm that you are definitively you is helpful for age verification for alcohol sales, but could also just make point of sale simpler, in general. Part of their mission all along, they figured if they could get approval for their tech to be used to confirm identity at airports, it was certainly going to work to add convenience to point-of-sale while also increasing the security of the transactions. Of course, Apple’s introduction Touch ID at point of sale with Apple Pay starting in 2014 has helped the masses understand the usefulness of this technology. That rising tide lifts all boats, including CLEAR’s. Look for CLEAR to roll out more instances of this tech in the coming year.

SXSW: CLEAR Expands Identity Verification from AirPort Security Lines to Point of Sale

Cops Can't Force You to Unlock an iPhone via Face ID, Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

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.

iPhone Privacy for the Paranoid: What You Can Do

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Concerned about your privacy on the web? You should be. There is an entire industry that involves tracking people, collecting data about them, and selling it to the highest bidder.

Apple's User Interface Incoherence is Beginning to Show

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Future User Interface.

It’s only natural that different Apple devices with different shapes and roles should introduce some UI fragmentation. But it’s getting worse, not better.

Apple's Face ID Security White Paper Should Allay Fears

· Andrew Orr · Analysis

The paper notes that the probability that a random person could unlock your iPhone using Face ID is about one in a million. This is a step up from Touch ID’s 1 in 50,000.

New Report Says iPhone 8 Delayed Until November

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 8 may be delayed until November, or maybe not

Yesterday we heard the iPhone 8 will launch along side the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in September and today we’re hearing it’s not coming until November because basically no one really knows what Apple has planned for its next smartphone refresh.

Apple's iPhone 8/Touch ID Worries Prey on Our Fears. Fear Not

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple full-display Touch ID patent

As the Apple supply chain meters out bits of Touch ID intel for the iPhone 8, there has been much distress about whether Apple has backed itself into a corner and will disappoint users.