Apple Patents iCloud-Based Touch ID Syncing For Devices And Apple Pay Terminals


Apple has a new patent published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that shows off a system through which Touch ID information could be collected on a primary device, and then transferred via iCloud to a secondary device for use in authentication, or to set up said device presumably without repeating the enrolment process. It could also be used to allow dedicated Apple Pay terminals with their own Touch ID sensors to verify user fingerprint information and process transactions without even needing the primary device to be present.

The system describes various ways in which the Touch ID data may be transferred from device to device securely – Apple currently touts as one of Touch ID’s features the fact that any biometric data lives only on the device, and only on a secure, isolated portion of the chipset that isn’t made available to the rest of the device. But…

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