One of the things Apple executives have been pretty consistent about, even as macOS and iOS blur some lines with each new iteration, is the idea that the company is not trying to merge the two platforms. Meaning, a Mac is going to remain a Mac, and the iPad will continue to be whatever iPadOS defines it as. Of course, that could very well change down the road, but, for now, it appears Apple doesn't have any plans to change that.
The iPhone 13 lineup launched earlier this month. And, unfortunately for some new owners, a bug surfaced that caused the new hardware to not properly communicate with a paired Apple Watch to access the ability to unlock the iPhone 13 with an Apple Watch. This feature is designed to make unlocking an iPhone with Face ID much more streamlined while wearing a mask (but it works without a mask, too, like when wearing certain sunglasses).
While Apple does a solid enough job of detailing most of the new features baked into software updates, there are typically some elements that miss the big unveilings (or even the press releases soon after). And some aren't necessarily meant to see the bright lights of a stage at all. Instead, they are buried within documentation. But that doesn't make them any less important.
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.