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  • Apple Announces Touch ID Fingerprint Scanning


    Apart from the new A7 chip that will be included in the iPhone 5S, Apple also announced a new fingerprint-scanning technology called Touch ID on Tuesday.

    In the same place as the iPhone 5Sís home button, is a new fingerprint scanner. The scanner can read the userís fingerprint rather than having to use a passcode to unlock the device. Apple notes that more than half of iPhone users don't use a passcode because of the cumbersome steps required to set one up. The fingerprint scanner can also be used for signing into iTunes.

    The fingerprint scanner is 170 microns thin, has a 500ppi resolution, offers a 360ļ reading capability, and can scan the sub-epidermal skin layers.

    Apple shows is the layers of the fingerprint scanner, which includes a sapphire crystal layer, stainless steel detection ring, sensor, and tactile switch:



    For those of you worried about your personal security, Apple assures us that our fingerprint information is never uploaded to a remote server.

    This seems like a really cool way to unlock your iPhone, what do you think?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Announces Touch ID Fingerprint Scanning started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I was being sarcastic, lol.

      it does mean you'll have to take your glove off anytime your wearing gloves to access the device, this could be a fail, unless it can be switched off
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      I was being sarcastic, lol.

      it does mean you'll have to take your glove off anytime your wearing gloves to access the device, this could be a fail, unless it can be switched off
      I'm willing to bet that it can be switched on or off just as pass code can now. I'm interested to see how battery life will cope in real life situations with this and the other features.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by jigar7 View Post
      Are you blind? Or an illiterate? I never said Apple makes everything... At least they have the decency to take over small firms and make good use of their technology... Or patent stuff... Rather than stealing ideas!!
      U from N Korea dude? You sound like one... My condolences to u...
      Pfft... Calling me ignorant... Common sense is truly not common.. *sigh*
      I ignored your first post. cant ignore this one.

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      - mulitasking is a copy of Android but with 2 tiny little differences to disguise it. Android preview of apps is verticle, iOS horizontal. iOS placed the icons on the bottom instead of the side BUT still uses a swipe gesture to close running apps. I must admit, Id call 50/50 on this one. nothing wrong with having the same idea but different execution.

      - media player's new flat look now resembles Google's media player.

      - control center. iOS never had this before. and now they do and with some of the same settings found in Android. apple made it to swipe up from the bottom while Android's is from the top. iFans wills say its different but would they say they same if Android has swipe to unlock they goes from right to left? I think NOT.

      - pull down notifications., while not new in iOS 7, its still a blantant rip from Android. yes, of course you was going to say that (apple got it from jailbreakers) but NO, they did not. they got it from Android., jailbreakers get their ideas from Android as well. there are plenty of examples but we can discuss that later.

      - browsing with tabs is now available on iOS 7, just like its always been on Android. iOS lets you swipe away tabs now just like on Android.

      - dynamic wall paper vs live wallpaper. again, this is nitpicking so I call 50/50 on this one as well.

      - automatic app updates. NEVER on iOS until now but this is an old Android feature. AND if that wasnt enough, iOS also copied the idea of notification after the app update.

      - iCloud Keychain !! WTF !! snycing user names and passwords on safari is now avaialbe on iOS 7 just like has has been on Chrome. the iOS feature is practically identical to the Android version.

      - Airdrop? yeah right, just call it Samsung wi-fi direct

      - live photo filters. Never before seen in iOS until iOS 7, practically every Android phone has been doing this for a while now. not only that. but iOS has also copied the organizing of photos into moments based on time and location---Just like on my HTC One and my wife's Galaxy S4.

      - calendar. iOS 7 now is color coded like Android.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by jigar7 View Post
      At least they have the decency to take over small firms and make good use of their technology... Or patent stuff... Rather than stealing ideas!!
      this is called asset stripping and is a legal way to steal, ok yes some sellout to make quick money, but others are bullied or coerced into selling
    1. rioswag's Avatar
      rioswag -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmay227 View Post
      Motorola had fingerprint scanning on the Atrix a couple years ago. This is nothing new, well i guess it is to AppleHeads. But i'm sure most of you will say motorola stole it from apple.
      I do remember that phone. I worked at AT&T when it came out. But your the first person to mention a Motorola atrix in the last 3 years. It's been discontinued for a reason....it was trash and hardly worked. Apple will do it flawless and show Moto how it's supposed to be implemented. Where is the Atrix 4 or 5 at?? If you use a Motorola you lost.
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmay227 View Post
      Motorola had fingerprint scanning on the Atrix a couple years ago. This is nothing new, well i guess it is to AppleHeads. But i'm sure most of you will say motorola stole it from apple.
      Motorola had a type of finger print scanning which sucked. You had to slide your finger over a slit. The tech behind the apple innovation looks smarter and like it could work better.

      I compare this to the resistive touch screens of yesteryear with how LG innovated the capacitave screen.
    1. Scheuerle's Avatar
      Scheuerle -
      Quote Originally Posted by skiptowncat View Post
      They can track where you are via your phone without fingerprint tech.
      They can't track where you are, only your phone. It is not physically part of you. Your fingerprints are.
      I'd rather remember 4 numbers than record my fingerprints for anyone, especially the world's biggest private company. I'm not a criminal, but I'm not an idiot either.
      If you don't mind this level of intrusion then scan away by all means. I'm certain having every iPhone user in the world's fingerprints on record can only be a good thing, and that this information would have no value to anyone.
      🎉Hooray for freedom.
    1. vazzana's Avatar
      vazzana -
      I'd say this feature will be discontinued by next gen iP6.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Utterly one-sided biased nonsense as usual.
      Oh hum, why would anyone expect any other kind of post from you I have no idea. I hope you get paid well by Google/Samsung/HTC because you are a real ASSett to them.
    1. sane's Avatar
      sane -
      Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
      I'm kinda hoping they allow both a passcode and fingerprint to authenticate (first fingerprint then passcode, etc. - both used in one unlock/transaction). I think that would be a really good way to use it.
      ^^ This ^^
    1. jigar7's Avatar
      jigar7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      I ignored your first post. cant ignore this one.

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      Braun products from the 1960's: 1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future

      - mulitasking is a copy of Android but with 2 tiny little differences to disguise it. Android preview of apps is verticle, iOS horizontal. iOS placed the icons on the bottom instead of the side BUT still uses a swipe gesture to close running apps. I must admit, Id call 50/50 on this one. nothing wrong with having the same idea but different execution.

      - media player's new flat look now resembles Google's media player.

      - control center. iOS never had this before. and now they do and with some of the same settings found in Android. apple made it to swipe up from the bottom while Android's is from the top. iFans wills say its different but would they say they same if Android has swipe to unlock they goes from right to left? I think NOT.

      - pull down notifications., while not new in iOS 7, its still a blantant rip from Android. yes, of course you was going to say that (apple got it from jailbreakers) but NO, they did not. they got it from Android., jailbreakers get their ideas from Android as well. there are plenty of examples but we can discuss that later.

      - browsing with tabs is now available on iOS 7, just like its always been on Android. iOS lets you swipe away tabs now just like on Android.

      - dynamic wall paper vs live wallpaper. again, this is nitpicking so I call 50/50 on this one as well.

      - automatic app updates. NEVER on iOS until now but this is an old Android feature. AND if that wasnt enough, iOS also copied the idea of notification after the app update.

      - iCloud Keychain !! WTF !! snycing user names and passwords on safari is now avaialbe on iOS 7 just like has has been on Chrome. the iOS feature is practically identical to the Android version.

      - Airdrop? yeah right, just call it Samsung wi-fi direct

      - live photo filters. Never before seen in iOS until iOS 7, practically every Android phone has been doing this for a while now. not only that. but iOS has also copied the organizing of photos into moments based on time and location---Just like on my HTC One and my wife's Galaxy S4.

      - calendar. iOS 7 now is color coded like Android.
      This... coming from a Samsuck fan... who don't even have smart people to devise their own MALWARE/VIRUS FREE OS! Infact they are so stupid... they adopted Android which may have various customization... but I have seen so many idiots crying about their devices catching a virus... reformatting... data loss.... woah... you really gotta be stupid to support the Android community... and Samsuck too! Who the f@#k installs an antivirus for a mobile device... LMFAO!!

      So... the foundation of Samsuck starts with something that doesnt even belong to them... and now they have announced 64 bit processors for their next Samsuck "smart"phones... (hmm... where have I heard that before!!)