New Patent hints at Apple working on syncing of Touch ID data over iCloud

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New Patent hints at Apple working on syncing of Touch ID data over iCloud

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News / Mobile phones New Patent hints at Apple working on syncing of Touch ID data over iCloud

The latest patent granted to Apple by the USPTO suggests that the Cupertino company is working on syncing of fingerprints via iCloud so that they can be synced to secondary devices easily.

As described by Apple in the patent, it may first ask iPhone or iPad owners to verify their Apple ID information before it accepts a fingerprint through Touch ID. The data entered by the user is encrypted and uploaded to iCloud from where it can be passed on to another iOS device linked with the same Apple account.

However, for this to happen, Apple will first collect a “to-be matched” fingerprint from the secondary device, which is first verified with the original fingerprint biometric data. The data can also be transferred through NFC or Bluetooth using a key-based encryption, which might be considered as a safer option by many.

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Apple explains the real-life usage of this patent through a scenario that includes Apple Pay. When a user tries to pay for their purchase through Apple Pay, the POS terminal would verify its “to-be matched” fingerprint data with the fingerprint data stored in iCloud. The terminal will not have to download the fingerprint data from the Internet as the exchange can also happen over NFC or Bluetooth. It can also send its “to-be matched” fingerprint to the iPhone for processing and verification. The scenario does assume that the point of sale terminal has a built-in fingerprint scanner.

The patent is called “Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods” with CTO of AutenTec Greg Kerr being credited as its inventor. Apple had filed for the patent on July 20, 2013.

[Via Apple Insider]

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