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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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RE: Qualifications for iphone5s users
By anactoraaron on 9/12/2013 3:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it DOES make a difference as a person with high functioning autism COULD have an IQ higher than the average score of 120. And who cares if someone calls your mentally retarded child mentally retarded? Will it make you no longer love them because someone said that?

There's a difference in being 'tuned into it' and being realistic - most notably those people being 'tuned into it' are separated from reality and are just simply finding clever synonyms that don't 'feel' offensive to them but basically mean the same thing- thus the creation of being PC (politically correct). Are you a homo? Nah I'm gay. Got a retard in the house? Nope, but we have a special needs child. The whole damn thing is just ridiculous if you stop to think about it.

Does it matter what your special needs child is labeled as or how he or she is labeled? Not to me, because I love my child no matter the label or word associated with her. And that's what's most important.

Mental retardation actually applies almost perfectly to some that buy those shiny iThings with the wifis and geebees as most of those who do so are IMPULSE BUYING. People who impulse buy are likely not using ANY critical reasoning/thinking - giving an impulse buyer an IQ around 70 or lower. Mental retardation actually almost fits perfectly.

At the end of the day, it's just a phone. If it's a status symbol or how you feel you fit in with the 'cool' crowd then it's something else entirely, and just sad.

By embedded_bill on 9/12/2013 5:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it DOES make a difference as a person with high functioning autism COULD have an IQ higher than the average score of 120.

In general you are right, the floor and ceiling of high functioning autism contrasts significantly vs other mental disabilities, however in this example this has nothing to do with my kids it’s just my response to a comment flippant in nature. People say flippant things and I often reply, I’m not sentimental about it, it actually makes me smile when people get real upset on topics like this, I’m a bit of a sociopath that way. It definitely worked today!

At the end of the day, it's just a phone.

It is just a phone, but one that can send and receive text messages too, just sayin...

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