Biometric systems, particularly in relation to smartphones, look like they’re going to boom during this year.
ABI Research, a market analysis company, said that worldwide revenues for such systems will deliver $3.1 billion this year.
The systems will be targeted not only at home users but at authentication systems for the enterprise market, according to ABI.
Algorithms linked to cloud computing are set to give better user authentication, with applications for mobile payments, bring your own device (BYOD) systems.
The research said that the leaders in the biometric pack are Apple and Samsung but there are other players who are introducing voice and face recognition into the equation.
We reported elsewhere today that Apple is rumoured to be brining out three more iPhones this year that incorporate fingerprint recognition.
Dimitrios Pavlakis, digital security research analyst at ABI, said: “Biometry is moving rapidly into the security ecosystem and its adoption by CE devices will jumpstart this phenomenon.”
It appears that Apple is set to release three more iPhones in the second half of this year.
Informed sources have leaked details of the models to Taiwanese wire Digitimes.
It reports that the phones will be the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus and a four inch device currently codenamed the iPhone 6C.
Each of the phones will use Corning Gorilla Glass come with LTPS panels and while the 6S series will use Apple’s A9 chips, the 6C will use A8 microprocessors. They’ll all be kitted out with NFC as well as fingerprint scanners.
Digitimes also reports that Taiwanese firms Wistron, Foxconn and Pegatron will manufacture the handsets.
Meanwhile the same wire reports that chip foundry TSMC will fabricate the chips for the 6S and 6C.
Swedish company Ericsson has taken Apple to court and also complained to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), it said today.
Ericsson claims that Apple refused its offer to have a court decide fair licensing terms that would be binding on both companies. And because of that, it has filed a complaint with the ITC seeking to exclude its products for infringing patents directly linked to 2G and 4G LTE standards.
It filed a second complaint with a Eastern district Court in Texas asking for damages and injunctions for “infringement of patents that are critical to many other aspects of Apple’s devices”.
This second instance related to 41 patents which Ericsson claims covers not only 2G and 4G/LTE standards, but other patents related to semiconductors, user interface software, location services and application and the iOS operating system.
Ericsson claims that by refusing its reasonable licensing offer used in both Apple smartphones and tablets, “Apple harms the entire market”.
Apple’s global licence agreement for Ericsson mobile technology apparently expired last month.
A security firm warned that a vulnerability in Apple’s operating system means apps can be replaced by maleficent apps.
FireEye warned yesterday that all apps could be replaced except iOS pre-installed applications.
The company has verified the vulnerability in various recensions of iOS and told Apple the problem existed as long ago as July 26. It dubbed the vulnerability Masque Attacks and warned that apps such as banking and email apps can be hacked.
Despite Apple was informed months ago, no action seems to have been taken, which led FireEye to issue an urgent advice notice.
Users can protect themselves by not installing apps from third parties, other than Apple’s App Store. It also warns people not to install apps from pop up.
And if iOS alerts you with the phrase “untrusted app developer”, don’t trust the app.
There’s more information at the FireEye page, here.