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Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Just like everyone else outside Apple and their supply chain, I have no idea if this rumor is true, but if it is using a laser scanner, it is VERY different than what Samsung did with their facial recognition. Samsung simply used a front facing camera. A laser scanner is a 3-D measuring tool, frequently used by manufacturing and quality control to obtain a point cloud image of a real part to compare against CAD data of the part. It has been prevalent for at least 15 years in engineering design and manufacturing. This would provide a MUCH more accurate facial recognition scan than a camera would because it provides a depth measurement. This could potentially also eliminate the problem of not working in well-lit environments.
True facial recognition scanning is very accurate, and used for identification purposes with high-end security. It also cannot be confused by facial hair, glasses, hats, etc. It creates a map of key points on the face - cheek bones, nose, brow, that the proportions do not change and are unique to an individual.

Posted by Derron Bohne on February 17, 2017 at 12:57 PM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Yup, this is why we tend to prefix highly speculative pieces with the word “Rumor” — while not every rumour is worth reporting on, some are far enough out there just to be interesting for their own sake, not to mention facilitating discussion.
However, I’m not buying it either…. While Apple may indeed have a 3D laser scanner in the supply chain to incorporate in the next iPhone, the idea that Apple would phase out Touch ID in favour of this is pure speculation and just doesn’t wash with reality. He also mentions the use of it with Apple Pay, which strikes me as even more odd…. Is Apple really going to expect people to take “selfies” in the checkout line? Further, if banks are already concerned about the insecurity of fingerprints (which I don’t really think is the case), are they really going to be that much more convinced by some newfangled and basically unproven facial recognition technology?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

That’s the thing about rumors…they can say just about anything. While there may be some merit to facial recognition, I give 0 credence to the removal of Touch ID. What percentage of iPhone users are frustrated w/ Touch ID when wet…enough to drop a major component of iPhone operation?! And how does this work when you’re driving, or operating Apple TV, or at night to check your phone? And if a fingerprint is not secure enough, you think a facial will be…with a hat on, sunglasses on, unshaved, from the side?

Posted by David_SC on February 17, 2017 at 7:02 AM (CST)

New lawsuit accuses Apple of deliberately 'breaking' FaceTime to force users to upgrade to iOS 7

Class action lawsuit ... Pure crapola ... sleaze bag lawyers grabbing for money.

Posted by MXJ222 on February 3, 2017 at 4:59 PM (CST)

European Union announces an end to wireless roaming charges in June

but..but wait… brexit. oh dang too late.

Posted by bioglassmusic on February 2, 2017 at 10:12 AM (CST)

Report reveals insights into Apple's HomeKit strategy and vendor requirements

Security should be a big issue for consumers, but I think Android owns enough of the smartphone market share to safely say that security isn’t the top concern of the modern consumer. The modern consumer wants integration and ease, with security being an afterthought.
Apple is smart to keep its products and accessories as secure as possible, and I doubt the baggage that comes along with it will greatly affect their target demographic. The problem I see is Apple’s shortsightedness regarding their attempts to fully connect devices in the home. They half-assed the Apple TV, they half-assed the Apple Watch, they completely abandoned the innovation that has made and kept them relevant for 30 years. Keeping up the status quo on iPads and iPhones and MacBooks is probably enough to keep their foothold on the smart device industry, but it’s not enough to produce results for their investors. Apple is at the top of the food chain monetarily, but other companies are seeing an opportunity with Apple’s stagnation.
That being said, Apple’s top competitor is not Amazon, it’s Google and then Microsoft.
Amazon can only ask hardware manufacturers to add a third party app to their devices to allow them to become Amazon-connected. Google and Microsoft are legitimate hardware manufacturers that consumers trust. If Google releases a television this year that has voice integration and face recognition, by the time Apple can respond in kind President Trump will be in the final days of his first term.
Apple has nowhere else to go in terms of innovation. A home-connected speaker that can play music or turn on your dishwasher? That’s so out of tune with reality that it’ll only serve to further the dilute the consumer base who respects Apple’s ability to know what consumers really want.
Maybe Apple is holding off on the Apple television set because they have nothing else in the pipeline. Maybe they’re acquiring television rights to popular shows or working out contracts with one of the Big 6 film studios. But from an investor perspective they’re just stagnating, and they’ll need to jumpstart their flatlining revenue within the next few years or they’ll see shareholders pulling the plug on their investments.

Posted by Mozby McCosby on January 28, 2017 at 5:36 PM (CST)

Report reveals insights into Apple's HomeKit strategy and vendor requirements

It’s a Catch-22…without stringent standards, your home’s security would be compromised using HomeKit; but if the standards are preventing the availability of profitable HomeKit products, then you’re left buying less secure alternatives (Alexa).
I like my HomeKit items, but honestly, I’d buy more if there were more robust selections with competitive pricing.

Posted by David_SC on January 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM (CST)

Report: 'iPhone 8' to include upgraded water resistance

Going from 3 feet for 30 minutes to 5 feet for 30 minutes is a drastic upgrade?  That’s a joke, right?  I certainly hope that is the least of the changes, by far.

Posted by 0megapart1cle on January 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Yup, and this was the other experience that led me to believe that it was totally a bug as opposed to deliberate behaviour. As you’ve said, there is absolutely no valid reason for this to be the case for videos you’ve synced onto your device yourself.
From what I can tell, it’s not so much that the device was “phoning home” as checking to see if it was on a Wi-Fi network, and blocking playback regardless of whether the file was stored locally or not. In other words, probably just a logic bug — instead of doing “(IF FILE LOCATION == CLOUD) AND (IF WI-FI == UNAVAILABLE)” they were probably doing an OR comparison

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 10, 2017 at 10:34 AM (CST)

Samsung's Gear S3, Gear S2, Fit2 smartwatches gain iOS compatibility

I just want them to make an app to allow the gear 360 to work with IPhone.

Posted by Dave on January 9, 2017 at 11:06 AM (CST)

Apple Executive Team sees reduced compensation as Apple misses 2016 targets

Steve Jobs had a way of convincing people that they couldn’t live without things that they didn’t think they needed, Tim Cook has a way of convincing people that they can do without the things that he thinks they don’t need.

Posted by esteel on January 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM (CST)

Apple Executive Team sees reduced compensation as Apple misses 2016 targets

apple execs have more money than they will ever need. They should work for their money now. Actually make some advancements in computing.

Posted by bioglassmusic on January 7, 2017 at 1:20 AM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

You’re welcome. Again to clarify: these weren’t downloaded, per se. I encoded the videos myself, added them to iTunes, changed the media type to tv show and synced them with a lightning cable. The TV app refers to them as “downloaded,” but they were synced the old-fashioned way.
These are MY files. I shouldn’t have to ASK to be able to watch them, whether on wifi or cellular.
All that being said, this is something I’ve been concerned about for years: our devices being so intertwined with the internet that they’re unusable without a connection. With some applications it’s understandable, but not with the app Steve Jobs once referred to as “the best iPod we’ve ever made.”
This is why I’ve kept all my old iPods. They can’t be forced to “phone home” so I can listen to my own music I’ve encoded from a physical cd I own.
There are still people who have a giant collection of physical media and do not need to or want to stream. We may be in the minority, but when our iOS devices are crippled by an Apple who is apparently losing its way little by little, we will find devices that suit our needs.

Posted by JV on January 6, 2017 at 5:01 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Wow, thanks for pointing that out…. I hadn’t noticed that limitation, but I agree that it’s pretty insane. The problem seems to occur even in the legacy “Videos” app as well and not just in the new “TV” app that’s replaced it on U.S. based devices, so it’s definitely a big one.
In fact, it seems to insist that the device be connected to Wi-Fi specifically, which gives me some degree of confidence that this is a bug and not an intentional design change; if this were some silly copy-protection restriction forced onto Apple by the studios there’s no reason that the iPhone shouldn’t be able to “phone home” over cellular to authorize the movie.
My guess is that a bug has crept in somewhere causing the Videos app to not realize that the movie is downloaded, since the Wi-Fi-only restriction does make some sense when streaming.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 5, 2017 at 10:02 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Hi Eric…. thanks for the follow-up. Unfortunate that it required a brute force fix, but it pretty much makes sense that with the way that Apple has presently designed iTunes, this was probably the only way to ultimately handle it. Hopefully Apple adds a “rescan” option at some point in the future.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 5, 2017 at 9:58 AM (CST)

Apple removes New York Times app from Chinese App Store

Why Cook?

Posted by justmewhoelse12 on January 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

How about the re-enabling of watching synced/downloaded tv shows while in airplane mode? When is that coming (back)? I figured out that this ability was taken away while on a flight.
Why does my device need to check with a server to play files I made myself and synced with my computer?
This is a big one, folks.

Posted by JV on January 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Hey Jesse… Just closing the loop to let you know I (brute force) fixed the issue. I deleted all 1800 impacted songs (around 80 live recordings) from iTunes. resync’d the library, started with a fresh and very large SD card in my phone with a new Apple Music instance (to keep away from the duplicate issue), and added the shows back into iTunes. Apple then properly saw those were unique instances of those songs and not the studio versions of the same name. Everything xfrd to the phone correctly.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on January 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Wot! No new emojis???

Posted by Jim Hill on January 3, 2017 at 9:35 AM (CST)

Apple TV gets 21 new Aerial screensavers

All very pretty and scenic.  Would’ve been bold to have included some that documented the effects of climate change, especially the China ones, or drought stricken acreage in southern and northern California.  Given what’s going on with the White House in January, it could have been an opportunity for a sort of subtle bipartisan documentary without commentary.

Posted by Tinka on December 16, 2016 at 6:56 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

Unlike most games and productivity apps, to restore the $9.99 purchase you must be pre-registered with a Nintendo ID account… and that account can only be attached to ONE device at a time.
That’s right, folks! For a family of four to play Super Mario Run at the same time and share the Nintendo joy, Mom and Dad will have to shell out $40!

Posted by ScooterD35 on December 15, 2016 at 6:39 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

Just popped up here Jesse…
Have a good one.

Posted by Svender on December 15, 2016 at 1:25 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

It’s definitely available in the U.S., but I suspect there may be caching or server distribution issues at play here. One of our U.S. based editors already had it downloaded and was already playing it long before it was showing up on the Canadian App Store on my iPhone, but I was able to find it in the App Store on iTunes on my Mac and initiate the download that way.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 15, 2016 at 1:02 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

SMR is not showing up yet here in the US…FYI.

Posted by Svender on December 15, 2016 at 12:46 PM (CST)

Apple loses $2 million lawsuit over employee breaks and paychecks

95 dollars for months long delays in pay checks? Was it only one day’s worth of breaks? Seems extremely low given the hardship that kind of thing could cause. Also 95 dollars seems hardly compensatory for missing time. In a world where a court can rule stealing one virtual song can be worth thousands from people with no resources, Given Apple’s resources, actual compensation for actual loss of actual time and money should be reflected appropriately. Apple has billions. Just one of those billions would/could be split between each of those employees so they could get 45-47k each. Giving employers notice that they are responsible for the theft under their business model. An example to be set.

Posted by bioglassmusic on December 14, 2016 at 7:32 PM (CST)

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