The global landscape has changed quite a bit over the last year and some change. Masks are now common place, and that means Apple's reliance on a facial recognition biometric system for its iPhone lineup has proven slightly more tedious than it should be. However, Apple did make a workaround -- but only if you use an Apple Watch. Now, according to a new rumor, Apple's working on something a bit more straightforward.
As COVID-19 remains in the pandemic stage, there continue to be a lot of cases where covering one's face is needed. Apple was supposed to make phone unlocking easier by adding in-screen Touch ID to iPhone 13, but now a new report has shot down that possibility.
Privacy is a valuable thing, and while iPhones can be secured with a passcode or biometric authentication such as Face ID or Touch ID, many still feel like Apple could do more to improve user privacy — especially for when someone manages to get ahold of your passcode or you hand your unlocked device to another person for one reason or another.
A new external Apple display with Face ID could be in the works, incorporating the A13 Bionic chip along with the company's dedicated machine learning accelerator, dubbed Neural engine.
Face ID Macs could be some years away, with the first Mac models to incorporate Apple's depth-based facial recognition technology predicted to drop “within a couple of years”.
Passwords have been around long enough that it's a ubiquitous element to securing things just about anywhere. But while there are always strides to make them as secure as possible, there's always that chance it won't be enough. Which is why companies like Apple and many others are working on new ways to go beyond the password.
With tvOS seemingly an afterthought at WWDC21, you'd be right to wonder whether Apple might have forgotten about the Apple TV. Don't worry, it hasn't. While the keynote barely mentioned any tvOS 15 specifics, our team has been able to discover more than a dozen user-facing features and improvements coming to your Apple media streamer this fall with tvOS 15!
With iOS 15, you can approve personal Siri requests on your iPhone, such as accessing your contacts, by wearing your Apple Watch without having to use Face/Touch ID or your passcode.
Signing into supported apps on the Apple TV, thanks to updates to tvOS, is relatively easy. However, Apple is simplifying the process with the upcoming launch of tvOS 15. As outlined today in a developer video, the set-top box's software will soon support signing in via biometric security. On an iPhone.
Thanks to the checkm8 bootrom exploit that powers it, the checkra1n jailbreak has earned a reputation for its resilience. No mere software update can patch this exploit, and so susceptible devices (those equipped with A7-A11 chips) should effectively be jailbreakable for life...
The die size of Apple's vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) chips used for Face ID in new iPhone and iPad models coming down the pike later this year should be cut in half.
Apple has been working on the next update for iPhone and iPad for quite some time, seeding more than half dozen betas in the process. But now iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are now live.