Apple iPhone 12: How This Could Be Apple’s Most Secure Device Ever


Anticipation is building around Apple’s iPhone 12, with a number of leaks already revealing a host of exciting new features. Most interesting for security enthusiasts is the news that Apple’s next iPhone will probably include both face scanning technology Face ID, and Touch ID–which will work via an in-screen fingerprint reader.

But there’s more: Set to launch this fall, the iPhone 12 will probably be Apple’s most secure device ever. Here are three reasons why:

The iPhone 12 will feature both Face ID and Touch ID

Although Face ID is unlikely to change apart from a few performance tweaks and possibly a slightly smaller notch, it is almost certain that Touch ID will be integrated into the iPhone 12’s display.

In the past, I found Touch ID pretty inaccurate, forcing me to try several attempts to be able to access my iPhone. But the iPhone 12’s Touch ID will be different, given that it’s in the screen, which could make it more accurate.

The use of biometrics as an extra layer of security is a welcome move by Apple–and adding two ways of authenticating yourself will make the iPhone 12 one of the most locked down devices on the market.

Apple’s iOS 14 will build on iOS 13’s security and privacy features

It’s hard to know exactly what to expect with iOS 14 and as is always the case, Apple itself has been very quiet. But given the iPhone maker’s focus on security and privacy in iOS 13, it wouldn’t be wrong to anticipate that the updated operating system will build on these features.

The new features have already helped a lot of people to lock down their iPhone data, by giving you the option to, for example, stop Google and Facebook from tracking your location when the apps are not in use.

Apple has already made a big deal of pushing its security and privacy features–with ad campaigns and website updates demonstrating how it is the most private and secure device manufacturer–and I can’t see this changing in 2020.

At the same time, Apple’s iOS 14 will also hopefully lack the issues with bugs that plagued its predecessor, due to new processes to try and improve this. As MacWorld reports, we will probably know more in June when Apple is likely to announce the updated operating system at its WWDC event.

The iPhone 12 will allow you to use security keys in Safari, but more widely 

One of the most exciting and cool updates in iOS 13 was the ability to use security keys in Apple’s Safari browser. In addition to biometrics, security keys such as the Yubico YubiKey are a fantastic way of adding an extra layer of security to your data and services. I tried this feature out as the iOS 13.3 update launched, and I created a video and guide on how to use security keys in Safari back in December.

By the time iOS 14 comes out, there will probably be more iPhone compatible security keys available, as well as an increased number of sites offering the ability to authenticate yourself via this method. And hopefully, as people start to care more about the security of their data and services, more people will start to use them.