Tag - Touch ID
A lawsuit borne of the short-lived "Error 53" issue that happened to some iOS devices where the Touch ID button had been replaced or repaired by unauthorized non-Apple personnel was dismissed on Tuesday by a US District Court judge, who rejected both the plaintiff's original complaints and their amended claims following Apple's release of a tool to restore iPhones bricked by the anti-tampering feature, which was designed to prevent third-parties from altering or hacking into the Touch ID sensor.
The issue of law enforcement gaining access to data on a smartphone has resurfaced, after it was revealed a court ordered an individual to unlock an iPhone seized as evidence in an investigation, by using Touch ID. A Los Angeles court has issued a warrant to the FBI forcing a girlfriend of an Armenian gang member to use Touch ID on the iPhone in question, as it was believed her fingerprint was registered to the device and would provide access to data that could help an ongoing investigation into the gang member move onward.
Customers of HSBC in the United Kingdom will soon have to pass biometric security measures to access their bank accounts, instead of relying on passwords and PINs. Users of HSBC's telephone banking services will soon have to rely on a voice recognition system for authentication, while those who use iOS apps to manage their banking affairs will be able to log in quickly using their finger, after the apps gain support for Touch ID.
Apple has released an update for iOS 9.2.1 that fixes the "Error 53" bug that recently became a major problem for some users after repairing their Touch ID-equipped devices via unofficial means, leaving the iPhones non-functional and unrepairable. The updated version of iOS 9.2.1 is able to restore the "bricked" iPhones, with Apple also issuing an apology to affected users, as well as offering reimbursement to some users who ended up paying for out-of-warranty replacements of their devices.
The lawfirm leading the attack against Apple for its "Error 53" code issue when an unauthorized Touch ID sensor is replaced has filed for $5 million in payouts and a software patch disabling the lockout performed by an alleged Apple policy to discourage third-party repair. Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit claims that Apple's measures to protect the TouchID security are "problematic, and even abusive."
Apple may face some legal trouble in the future, if lawyers decide to proceed with plans to launch a class action suit against the company. Law firms are apparently considering taking action against Apple over the "Error 53" controversy, where third-party repairs of the Touch ID button on iPhones would trigger an Apple-produced security measure that effectively makes the smartphone completely inoperative.
Apple hasn't been resting on its laurels with regards to 3D Touch, after the second of two recently-found patents suggests it is still looking into how touch can be used with its devices. Following after an earlier patent relating to detecting fingers hovering over a display, a new discovery suggests Apple may be considering extending the usability of 3D Touch away from the display and down to the Touch ID-enabled home button.
Among its many other uses, Touch ID is great for signing-in to apps that require a secure login, such as banking apps. To that end, Bank of America has updated its mobile banking app to version 6.4.0, supporting both Touch ID login as well as an Apple Watch subset of the app that lets users check recent transactions and balances, and receive alerts on the Watch.
Apple has added another commercial to its gallery of recent ads under the "if it's not an iPhone" banner, with a new rhyming ad that touts Apple Pay as another competitive advantage over rivals. The company's mobile payment option, which replaced credit and debit cards with more-secure Wallet-stored encrypted cards that can be used in conjunction with the iPhone 6 line's built-in Touch ID to offer safe, nearly-instant payment.
Dashlane, a password manager for OS X and iOS that MacNN recently reviewed, has announced that it has brought its Password Changer feature, which makes possible extensive password management on iOS devices, to the Apple Watch. The new 3.1 version for iOS includes the feature, and also offers notifications of a security breach on monitored websites, and improves Touch ID support.