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09-12-2013, 02:46 AM #1
Apple Offers Additional Insight Regarding Touch ID Functionality
An Apple spokesperson recently told The Wall Street Journal that the iPhone will only store data used to recognize fingerprints rather than actual images amidst fear about the security of Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. According to the spokesperson:
Apple's new iPhone 5S, which comes with a fingerprint scanner, won't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday, a decision that could ease concerns from privacy hawks.
Rather, Apple's new Touch ID system only stores "fingerprint data," which remains encrypted within the iPhone's processor, a company representative said Wednesday.
In practice, this means that even if someone cracked an iPhone's encrypted chip, they likely wouldn't be able to reverse engineer someone’s fingerprint.
Apple was quick to specify that all fingerprint information is encrypted and stored “in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5S” rather than being stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud. Developers are also not given access to user fingerprints as a means of authentication as another measure of security.
The Cupertino California company also gave The Wall Street Journal a few other bits of information on the fingerprint sensor, noting that it does occasionally malfunction with moist fingers or fingers scarred by accidents and surgery. The company also explained that the Touch ID must be supplemented with a passcode. Apple mentioned the following regarding the matter:
Apple customers who wish the use Touch ID also have to create a passcode as a backup. Only that passcode (not a finger) can unlock the phone if the phone is rebooted or hasn’t been unlocked for 48 hours. This feature is meant to block hackers from stalling for time as they try to find a way to circumvent the fingerprint scanner.
What are your thoughts of the Touch ID functionality?
Source: The Wall Street Journal
09-12-2013, 03:09 AM #2
Can't wait to try it!
09-12-2013, 04:55 AM #3
09-12-2013, 05:42 AM #4
I wonder if it's an option you can disable if u want to...
09-12-2013, 05:47 AM #5
Yes I'm sure they will be
09-12-2013, 07:36 AM #6
What sucks is this new tech will be useless for people who have protective cases like the Life-Proof or Otterbox.
09-12-2013, 07:37 AM #7
09-12-2013, 07:44 AM #8
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09-12-2013, 07:47 AM #9
Why are ppl making a big deal
about this I mean I could see why but it's just like the pass code unlock we all currently have on are iPhones Its an option we have to lock are iPhones so its totally up to the person if they want to use the finger print feature or not no one is forcing you to use it if you do decide to get the iPhone 5s its just an option and am sure they'll still keep the 4digit Pass code or the password for those who want to keep using those methods of lock/unlock.
09-12-2013, 08:11 AM #10
I want to test this out!!
09-12-2013, 08:26 AM #11Here to help if I can.
If I can't - I know someone who can.
09-12-2013, 08:44 AM #12
What's cool is how this will be implemented in the future, by Apple or by the jailbreaking community. To unlock pictures, different apps, and so on. We have some genius minds at work here who will take this new tech to the next level. Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!
09-12-2013, 08:50 AM #13
Otterbox already has started making their cases compatible. Lifeproof will take forever as usual.
09-12-2013, 09:02 AM #14
And second, Lifeproof cases are so popular because they are waterproof......so how exactly do you make a case waterproof without covering up the home button??
09-12-2013, 09:03 AM #15
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09-12-2013, 09:51 AM #17
I would like to see this used as a way to customize the phone for different users. So, you could authorize your kid to use your phone, and when he/ she unlocks it they'll only have access to children's apps and games, emergency phone numbers only, and even a different wallpaper/ theme. Then, locking and unlocking it with an authorized 'adult' finger would bring all functionality back.
09-12-2013, 09:52 AM #18
Actually... OtterBox have already announced they have a few cases 5s ready -_- Stop replying on MMI to bring you news! They are normally days behind!
09-12-2013, 09:54 AM #19
So a passcode is required and will be the method to get in if you don't unlock your phone for a while or reboot. Sounds a lot to me like they don't trust their "revolutionary" security device as much as a plain old passcode.
09-12-2013, 12:05 PM #20
If you want a waterproof case just disable the fingerprint scanner. I'm sure it will be optional as with the unlock password. Or just get your phone coated by Liquipel to make it waterproof and use a regular case to protect from drops.