Nomenclature for biometric authentication mechanisms on Apple devices may not be evolving much anytime soon if we are to believe this trove of assets found in the repository for Apple’s upcoming smart speaker, the Homepod.

The discovery comes from developer Daniel Niyazov who picked up a couple of important strings inside of the iPhone 8’s directory of the HomePod’s firmware.

com.apple.passbook.payment.contactlessinterface.presentation.pearl.field-detect
com.apple.passbook.payment.contactlessinterface.presentation.pearl.pre-arm

It seems that the tap-to-pay interface may involve something called “Pearl ID,” according to insiders — referring to the iris (eyes are the pearls to our sensory treasury after all) and facial recognition artifices that’s expected on the iPhone 8. There are mentions of “finger,” likely vestiges for Touch ID, but the excerpt of code that was displayed about the “contactless interface” pertain to this working name of Pearl.

The picture is not looking particularly good for a fingerprint sensor at all. There are also doubts as to how secure this “Pearl ID” is — facial and iris scanning may mean more data points than either of the two alone, but we don’t know how easily replicable those points can be. In any case, when it comes to mobile payments, there are other ways to capture a payment authentication token, even while encrypted, and use it for an illicit purchase.

What we’re saying is that it’s a scary world out there and that you should probably wait and see what’s happening with the iPhone 8 for real.

You May Also Like

Nokia 9.2 PureView with Snapdragon 865, bezel-less design might debut soon

The Nokia 9.2 PureView is claimed, according to recent reports, to launch after June 20, but an MWC 2020 debut cannot be ruled out.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip could soon receive FCC certification, while we get more details

There is new information concerning the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip that mentions its camera, fingerprint sensor and more

A new Samsung Galaxy Fold may launch in Q2 with S Pen and ultra-thin glass

The new Samsung Galaxy Fold may arrive sometime during the second quarter of 2020, and it could arrive with 5G connectivity and more