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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

With iPhones, there is a Requires Attention toggle. When this is on, your iPhone will only unlock if your eyes are open and you are actually looking at the screen. Google has now said that it plans to copy at least the first part of this requirement.

Google this evening confirmed to The Verge that it’s “been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be ope…

New Apple iPad case scheduled for October 16

New Apple iPad case scheduled
 

Apple has sent out invitations for a special event on 16 October, where the company is almost certain to submit updates this year air the iPad and the iPad Mini. The event, held on the campus of Apple in a much smaller than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch place, probably also include some updates to other Apple product lines, such as the iMac and Apple TV. There is a remote possibility that we will see something new and crazy on October 16, and a TV, but I think it is unlikely, given recent debut of Apple clock.
new iPads

Top Menu October 18 event is a new Apple iPad and iPad Mini with Retina Display Air. There is a rather persistent rumor that the next iPad Air - call it the iPad Air 2 if you like, or perhaps the Air Plus iPad - will feature a 12.9-inch screen. As with the iPhone 6, several sites have published leaked photos of what appears to be an iPad thinner air, lighter, and bigger.




It is unclear what Apple will do with the iPad Mini with Retina display, but is supposed to get thinner and lighter. No word on whether there will be a 9.7-inch version of the iPad 2 with Air Plus 5.5 iPhone 6 inches, it is arguable that the 7.9-inch iPad Mini makes a lot of sense - but we'll have to wait and see what Apple has on 16 October.
 

A new iMac with Retina display, updated Mac Mini and Apple TV?


Apple should also reveal some other product updates at the event on October 16. We can only guess what these products really could be - but a new 27-inch iMac with Retina (5120 × 2800) display is possible. Teasing invitation "was too long" may indicate that the event will focus primarily on products that have not been updated in a while - Apple TV, the Mac Mini and iPod Nano are overdue an update. Or maybe Apple is just being sarcastic, considering it was a great event just a couple of weeks ago to launch the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


The current Mac Mini was released way back in 2012
 

We could also see a MacBook Air with Retina display, or even a brand new product. Using the invitation of the original colors of the rainbow Apple could indicate that there will be a lot of things related to the Mac at the event - or maybe just stayed at my desk for too long now and I'm starting to see patterns where there are no none.

In any case, we're going to have some reporters at the Apple event in Cupertino on October 16, and we'll be live blogging here at ExtremeTech. Stay tuned!

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