Apple international regulatory filings hint at two upcoming iPad models

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:18
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Patents, Touch ID

It’s the regulatory applications that sometimes tell you when the really cool stuff is coming.

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

Per Consomac, the Eurasian Economic Commission, which oversees Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, this week approved “A1893” and “A1954” models. Those model numbers don’t correspond to any existing iPads or current Apple products.

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Newly-released iOS 11.3 beta firmware hints at next-gen iPad with Face ID feature

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, News

The newly-released iOS 11.3 beta seems to contain hints as to Apple’s releasing a next-generation iPad Pro this year equipped with both slim bezels and Face ID.

According to iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo, strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta refer to a “modern iPad,” which is notable since Apple’s software engineers referred to the iPhone X as the “modern iPhone” in older firmware.

While the term “modern iPad” could be a placeholder, as is commonly found in Apple’s code, the discovery hints towards an iPad Pro with Face ID, which would certainly be a logical next step in Apple’s product roadmap.

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Rumor: Apple to discontinue first-gen iPhone X upon release of second-gen iPhone X later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 03:06
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

The first-gen iPhone X may not hang around once the second generation of the handset is out the door.

This is the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has stated that Apple will discontinue the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump the device down its smartphone lineup for lower than $999, in a research note released today.

Kuo said that Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, would likely cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and a LCD display that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

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Rumor: Apple to combine Face ID components, create smaller “notch” in next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 03:33
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

A new rumor has hinted towards next-gen iPhone featuring a smaller camera notch in 2019 or beyond.

South Korea’s ETNews, citing industry sources, has stated that Apple is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year’s iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.

The sources have indicated that Apple is looking to strengthen its face sensing function beginning with the 2019 iPhones. In essence, the company is planning to increase the number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.

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Face ID unable to approve family purchases, reasons for this unknown

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2017, 03:58
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, security, Software, Touch ID

This is a bit strange.

A number of iPhone X owners have discovered that Face ID isn’t available as an authentication method for the “Ask to Buy” feature, which allows parents to approve their kids’ iOS purchases and downloads. At present, the parent, or controlling Apple ID account holder, must enter their entire Apple account password to approve each individual purchase attempt.

As a result, users are frustrated given that this equivalent functionality was available on Touch ID devices and seems to have been lost in the transition to the iPhone X. Face ID can be used as an authentication method for other purchases, just like Touch ID before it—but Touch ID also worked for “Ask to Buy,” and Face ID doesn’t.

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iMac Pro to incorporate T2 chip to handle discrete functions, security functions and secure enclave processes

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:50
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, security, Touch ID

The upcoming iMac Pro will feature new security hardware in the form of a new custom chip dubbed the T2, serving as a secure enclave for encrypted keys, giving users the ability to lock down their Mac’s boot process and also handling system functions like the camera, audio control, and managing the solid-state hard drive.

Details about the new T2 chip were revealed by Caleb Sasser, cofounder of Panic.

Per Sasser, the T2 chip combines previously discrete functions, such as the system management controller, image signal processor for FaceTime camera, audio control, and SSD control.

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Bkav hacking group bypasses Face ID, shows second proof of concept mask

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 03:12
Category: Face ID, Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

In spite of Face ID being an impressive feature, yet another successful proof of concept/hack seems to have taken place.

The security system, which has apparently been fooled by twins, children, and a mask has once again been bypassed by Vietnamese security company Bkav, which made headlines in mid-November after uploading a video featuring Face ID accessed by a mask. Though successful as a proof of concept, there were several questions about the unlocking methods used in the video, including whether “Require Attention” was turned on. On Monday, Bkav shared a second video with a new mask and a clearer look at how the mask was used to spoof Face ID.

The company used a 3D printed mask made of stone powder, which can be replicated for approximately $200. 2D infrared images of eyes were then taped over the mask to emulate real eyes.

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Rumor: Apple to release 6.5-inch iPhone X, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in late 2018

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:09
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Because next year’s model is always critical, Apple is said to have three new iPhone models in the works for a late 2018 launch. Two of the new handsets are said to cross the six-inch threshold with edge-to-edge OLED and traditional LCD screens.

Assorted guru and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Industries issued a note to investors on Monday, stating that that Apple has a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone on tap for launch in the second half of 2018. This handset would presumably serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus,” taking the general size of a Plus-sized iPhone and adding an edge-to-edge OLED display.

Kuo stated that Apple is also working on a new LCD model with a 6.1-inch display. Kuo stated he believes this model will target the low-end and mid-range smartphone markets.

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Hacker group claims iPhone X Face ID feature can be fooled with mask technique

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:16
Category: Face ID, Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

It’s been noted that Apple’s the iPhone X’s Face ID feature can be fooled by an identical twin. Now it looks like a mask might do the trick as well.

On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.

The hack stands as a proof-of-concept for the time being, so the average iPhone owner isn’t at grave risk.

Bkav, offered the following comments:

“Apple has done this not so well. Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.”

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Apple allows YouTube personalities early access to iPhone X, initial video reports posted

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:03
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

Because, as mentioned before, you literally can’t outrun social media, Apple recently invited a number of YouTube channels to try out the highly-anticipated device at a nondescript building in New York City.

The YouTubers tested out the assorted functions of the iPhone X including the camera, wireless charging, Animoji, Face ID and others, then posted their findings online.

So far, the reviews seem to be largely positive, with users citing the A11 processor, fun with Animoji, minor frustrations with the new interface and the learning curve of not having a Touch ID button on this model

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