Apple biometric updates: side sensor for new iPad, no Face ID for iPhone SE 3

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Apple held its Peek Performance event earlier this week, unveiling a number of new products and updates, including familiar biometric features on the devices.

Among them are a new version of the iPhone SE with the company’s latest A15 and 5G mobile processors, new desktop Mac and iPad Air devices and an external monitor.

In terms of biometrics, the iPhone SE 3 doesn’t change much from its predecessor, retaining its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but not yet supporting Face ID.

Similarly, changes to the new iPad Air 5 are mostly internal, with Apple’s tablets now including the company’s in-house M1 Ultra chips. The company also added a 12-megapixel camera and (finally) a USB-C port.

Like the iPhone SE 3, the iPad Air 5 does not support Face ID, which only works with iPad Pro models. Instead, the Apple tablet supports biometric unlocking via the traditional side-mounted Touch ID sensor.

For context, there are currently rumors suggesting that Apple is planning to ditch fingerprint sensors on future iPhones, instead pushing for full adoption of Face ID.

During the Peek Performance event, Apple also confirmed that the highly anticipated iOS 15.4 update will be released next week.

A bit late in the game perhaps, but the update will provide the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask as well as periocular biometric capabilities.

Additionally, iOS 15.4 will introduce a new “gender neutral” voice for Siri, which Apple has confirmed was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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apple | biometrics | facial biometrics | Face ID | fingerprint sensors | iPhone | periocular biometrics | Touch ID

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