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A crook can't cut off your finger and access your iPhone

One of the biggest features that Apple announced on new iPhone 5S during its event earlier this week was the Touch ID system. Apple has now offered more details on Touch ID that may help some that are concerned about privacy feel better.

Apple says that the scanner doesn't store actual images of the user's fingerprint on the device. Instead, the ID system stores "fingerprint data" which remains encrypted inside the iPhone’s 64-bit A7 processor.

The Wall Street Journal reports that even if someone cracked the encryption chip, it would be highly unlikely that they could reverse engineer someone's fingerprint from the digital signature. Apple also says that it won't allow third-party applications to use the fingerprint scanner for the time being, and people who use Touch ID also have to create a passcode as a backup.

One important aspect of the Touch ID system is that the passcode must be used to unlock the phone if the device is rebooted or hasn't been unlocked and 48 hours. With all that said, the iPhone fingerprint scanner doesn't work perfectly. For instance, testers have said that the device doesn't work well if your fingers are damp from sweat, water, or lotion.

Apple even went so far as to point out that if a criminal hacked off your finger, they would be unable to unlock your phone. Apple says the Touch ID sensor searches for vitality signs to ensure that the finger is attached to the hand of a living person.

Sources: WSJ [1], [2]

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Video of fingerprint training on a 5s
By Tony Swash on 9/12/2013 3:29:36 PM , Rating: -1
This is a video showing how to train an iPhone 5s to recognise one of your fingerprints. Neat visualisation on the phone doing the training process.

Looks impressive.

By Rukkian on 9/13/2013 12:53:09 PM , Rating: 1
I am completely shocked that Tony would be impressed by something apple puts out. I am sure if the exact same video was about another brand, it would be horrible and ill conceived.

I actually think that a well done fingerprint scanner would be useful, but then I can see merits in multiple products and not a paid schill by one company. I will not buy an apple cause I am not a child and dont like being told what I can do, what I can install, what is the default apps, etc, but I do recommend ios devices to the peole I know (like my wife) that never wants to see any change, and is not willing to try something new.

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