Sources: CCC [press release], Is Touch ID Hacked Yet [YES!], YouTube [CCC]
quote: This feature is rather innovative in my opinion.
quote: Imagine how popular Bob would have been if Apple has pushed him to all its stupid customers.
quote: I've always been pissed at Apple for not copying more. After all, there was Microsoft Bob. Bob could have been big. Imagine how popular Bob would have been if Apple has pushed him to all its stupid customers.
quote: Lisa OS and the Mac OS
quote: In the Authentec/Apple patent a fingertip is imaged via a different technique: Radiofrequency scanning. Skin and flesh, thanks to the cocktail of chemicals they contain, have their own electrical signature--meaning a human body can in fact block a radio signal of the right frequency, while other frequencies sail right through us more or less unaffected. The sensor in the new patent makes use of this fact by sending out very precise radio signals over a very short range and detecting the signals that have been affected by the bumps and gaps in a human fingertip. Basically the tiny ridges of flesh in a fingerprint affect the electrical signals coming from the sensor array in a measurable way, allowing the device to calculate the position and alignment of all the whorls and loops.The advantage of this system is that you couldn't fool it with an image of a fingerprint or a latex cast of a fingerprint because the RF signals from the sensor have to interact with a material that has a flesh-like radio response in order to register the print. It's suggested that the sensor can also detect live tissue beyond the simple skin of a fingerprint, which removes the one scary scenario whereby a determined thief would "steal" the finger in question.Offering total security via reliable fingerprint technology built right in is a big deal for corporate and government IT. I expect this will make the iPhone 5S the default phone for corporate customers.
quote: The problem is that nothing is full proof
quote: What is required is to increase security and increase ease of use. That's difficult but Apple has done it with Touch ID combined with the new Phone Activation Lock feature.
quote: how using Touch ID to unlock the phone is so much simpler and easier than entering a passcode every time
quote: I've never heard of a thief in first world country that will go to that kinda of length.
quote: Do you honestly think 4-PIN passcode is more secure than TouchID?
quote: It's a whole lot more secure than no passcode or with passcode.
quote: News flash, there is no locking mechanism short of a private army that will hold any of your possessions safe for any length of time if someone really wanted to get to it.
quote: Yes there is, a long un-guessable encrypted password. Sure, you *could* break it maybe, but it would take years. iTouch is defeated in a manner of hours.
quote: Assuming you can enter a 4 digit key code in about 6 seconds it would take a human less than 24 hours to get into.
quote: So to break into and/or reuse a stolen or lost iPhone protected with Touch ID and the new iOS 7 Activation Lock a miscreant must do the following...
quote: So let's see, you lock your front door with a lock that can be crow-barred open right? You lock your gate with a lock that can be opened in 3 seconds with a large bolt cutter?
quote: News flash, there is no locking mechanism short of a private army that will hold any of your possessions safe for any length of time if someone really wanted to get to it. The point is just to make it difficult enough for them not to want to try.
quote: This feature is rather innovative in my opinion. It's not perfect, but its more than good enough. I am not an Apple-fanboi, but I dislike shoddy arguments. This article is just that.