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TechRadar 20 July, 2021 - 03:37am 9 views

Will Iphone 13 have Touch ID?

While the iPhone 13 series will not bring back Touch ID, it is said to come with some major upgrades over last year's device. This year's Apple iPhone series is said to come with a 120Hz display, and will come with bigger batteries across lineup. News18Apple iPhone 13 Will Not Have Touch ID: Everything We Know About This Year's iPhone

Plus Apple Card is getting some upgrades

If you own an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max you'll find the updated software makes your smartphone compatible with the new MagSafe battery pack from the company.

The other bigger upgrade is the ability to combine credit limits within its Apple Card Family service. You can also now share a co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user, which is a small change but important for some people.

Other tweaks from Apple include air quality information for an extended list of countries, including Canada, France and Italy. Plus, a new tweak to the podcasts app allows you to only view your followed shows rather than seeing them all in one place.

Other changes include some bug fixes around your iPhone, including changes to Apple Music on some devices.

The odd element of the iOS 14.7 update is the lack of an iPadOS 14.7 upgrade landing on Apple's tablet range. Ever since Apple introduced iPadOS, it has kept up with updates arriving at the same time as they do on iPhone.

That doesn't mean there won't be an upcoming upgrade for iPads, but it does suggest there may be a little delay if these features are set to come to Apple's tablet family.

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ConceptsiPhone 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

iPhone 13 will reportedly skip Touch ID — and that would be bad

Tom's Guide 20 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

Face ID is great in normal times, but the world has changed and the iPhone might need to as well

A report from Bloomberg claims that while Apple has been experimenting with the kind of in-screen fingerprint readers that have become commonplace on Android, “that feature will likely not appear on this generation.” 

That’s not only disappointing for those who simply prefer using their fingerprint. While we all hoped the coronavirus pandemic would be firmly on the decline by this stage, there are worrying signs that the Delta variant could ensure our list of the best face masks becomes relevant again — and that spells trouble for Face ID. 

Though people were no doubt sceptical when the iPhone X dropped the Touch ID-enabled Home button and introduced Face ID in its place, critics were quickly won over by how well Apple’s facial authentication worked. It has only got better over time, and now Touch ID is present on just the iPhone SE and a lot of the iPad range.

While the vaccine rollout has put the world in a far better place than it was this time a year ago, there are signs that the Delta variant is pushing things backwards. A number of areas including Kansas City and Los Angeles have stated that mandatory mask wearing is set to make a comeback. 

Outside of the U.S., where Apple sells plenty of iPhones, masks never really left. Where I am, in London (where Delta cases are surging), all restrictions are theoretically set to be lifted tomorrow (July 19), but public transport within the city will still require mask wearing as a condition of use. For iPhone users wanting to take the London Underground subway system, the choice is between reducing security by disabling Face ID, or risking their personal safety by briefly removing the mask. Neither are hugely palatable choices. 

Of course, there is still hope that Apple will include an alternative to Face ID this year. Bloomberg only reported that the feature will “likely” not appear this year, and even then the article is specifically referring to the under-screen Touch ID that Apple is supposedly testing. 

The recent iPad Air has Touch ID embedded in the lock button. So that’s something Apple  could bring to iPhones, allowing the fingerprint scanner to return without the Home button or under-display technology.

Hopefully that will be the case. Not only would more ways of unlocking the iPhone objectively be a good thing, but by highlighting this as a COVID-19-specific measure, Apple would be doing its bit to remind people that the pandemic sadly isn’t over, and everyone needs to stay vigilant to ensure the nightmare doesn’t stretch on into 2023.

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

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iPhone 13 Pro to Come in a New 'Sunset Gold' Color Option Alongside Matte Black

Wccftech 20 July, 2021 - 10:47am

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 13 series later this year in September. While the devices are expected to feature a bevy of new changes on the inside, we are not sure if Apple is planning on introducing new color options. However, a new leak has suggested that the iPhone 13 Pro models will feature colors like matte black, sunset gold, and more. Scroll down to read more deals on the new color options.

Leaker Ranzuk posted the information regarding the iPhone 13 colors on a Korean message board, citing that the iPhone 13 Pro will be offered in matte black, sunset gold, silver, and rose gold. The message reads that the new 'sunset gold' color will have a "bronze feel" while the rose gold will be pale. The leak suggests that the new color options are likely to be offered with the iPhone 13 Pro models only.

Currently, the iPhone 12 Pro models are offered in silver, gold, Pacific Blue, and graphite. We can safely presume that the standard iPhone 13 models will be available in a wide range of color options, similar to the approach Apple used with the iPhone 12 models. This is not the first time that we are hearing details on the bronze-like finish option for the iPhone 13 Pro models. It was also previously reported that the iPhone 13 Pro would come in a matte black finish, which will take place of the current graphite color.

As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 13 series is expected to launch in September and the new color options are a welcome addition. The device is also said to feature a smaller notch with a 120Hz refresh rate display. Moreover, the camera module would get bigger on the 'Pro' models while the standard models will feature the camera array positioned in a diagonal fashion. The models are also expected to feature a bigger battery life compared to the current models.

This is all there is to it, folks. We will share more details on the iPhone 13 series as soon as we have further information, Until then, share your valuable insights with us in the comments section below.

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watchOS 7.6 is here for Apple Watch, but it'll probably bring you literally nothing

TechRadar 20 July, 2021 - 05:35am

For users of Apple's smartwatch in 219 countries around the world (or 165 if you use the UN's country count), there's literally nothing new.

By 'nothing' we mean, there's no security patches, bug fixes, small extra features. Nothing. Nada. 

As per MacRumors, watchOS 7.6 rolls out Apple Watch ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications to 30 countries that didn't support the features before - that's why we were talking about countries before. 

If you're not able to reap the benefits of watchOS 7.6 - either you could already use ECG and irregular heart rhythm sensing, or you still can't - we're sorry. We did say this was a dry news spell though. 

It's not all bad news, though, because watchOS 8 is expected in the coming months, and that'll probably bring a few more features and upgrades to your Apple smartwatch. In fact, the existence of that looming software update in the near future could be why Apple was happy not adding anything in 7.6.

watchOS 8 is going to bring a mindfulness app, improved sleep tracking, and changes to portrait watch faces. Not all of these features will come with the initial build, though, so you might be waiting a long time for some of them.

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