Apple Offers More Details on the iPhone 5s Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner

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Apple has offered more details on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that is embedded into the iPhone 5s Home button, reports the WSJ.

The scanner will not store images of your fingerprint on the iPhone; rather, data points are encrypted and stored within the iPhone's A7 processor. The phone then uses the digital signature to unlock itself or make iTunes purchases.

An Apple spokesman pointed to other security features the company has added to the phone. 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. Moreover, Apple says its Touch ID sensor is an improvement from the temperamental fingerprint scanners that often appear on consumer laptops.

Apple did note that its scanner is not perfect and may not work with moisture-laden fingers covered in sweat, lotion or other liquids. However, Touch ID is capable of 360-degree readability. Meaning, no matter which way you touch the Home button it will be able to read your fingerprint. You can also enroll multiple fingerprints so that the iPhone will recognize people you trust.

You can learn more from the video below or by watching Apple's introductory video.

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Trollspray - September 13, 2013 at 5:09pm
if you work in the health field or government, your fingerprint should've already been scanned and stored by whomever(livescan). so whats the big deal? if you don't like fingerprint feature, guess what - (surprise) you don't have to use it!
JoshvanHulst - September 13, 2013 at 7:09pm
So do you know how to disable the fingerprint feature?
JoshvanHulst - September 13, 2013 at 11:59am
I definitely do not want my fingerprints stored on any bio-metrics reader or device. No way!! We all have to say no to this and tell Apple and other vendors that we do not want this with out $$$
Jason Pletcher - September 13, 2013 at 1:54pm
If you're blind enough to believe that that your fingerprints aren't on a file somewhere I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell ya. Most hospitals require it when babies are born, some states require it for you to obtain a drivers license, and some banks require it to cash a paycheck. Not to mention that Apple has already said that what is stored on the chip isn't an actual scan of your fingerprint but data that makes your fingerprint unique. The way I understood it is that it creates recognizable points that in turn create points and the distance those points are away from each other create a unique map if you will. Not to mention it's only stored on the chip accessible only by the sensor. So we can all take off our tin foil hats, stop doing bug sweeps of our house, and crawl out of our doomsday bunkers.
Zack soule - September 13, 2013 at 7:44am
No one is safe from US. Bullshit. that makes me wonder who are the puppet masters a white woman sleeping with a negro in endo Asia and using that as a front that is the biggest bullshit USA has made to date. Puppet masters let me in into the circle . Have a delorian and I'm good for half a ki.
Bill - September 13, 2013 at 6:34am
REALLY? My fingerprint is not stored on the cloud? Try BACKING UP YOUR IPHONE 5S and see if your fingerprint is ported to the new device. Look in iOS software a little better.
Elio224 - September 13, 2013 at 1:03am
Why is everyone so paranoid all of a sudden? lol laptops integrated fingerprint scanners in them a while ago yet people did not make such a big fuss about it. All the things you touch in your everyday is traceable back to you. if the NSA wants your prints.. they will get it. If you havent done anything illegal you shouldnt care. Embrace the technology! fingerprint in iphone for unlock is awesome, time saving and more secure. no more snooping around in your phone if you are not around. Deal with it people... Oh and for those who want a bigger screen phone, you are in luck because samsung has that go buy one. Thank you :)
odedo1 - September 13, 2013 at 3:18am
you are a fool and ill explain how it used to be in America and how it is now, in the 80's the privacy laws meant everything for the Americans because there is a so many ways to connect you to a crime without you even being aware that they are doing it till its too late and then you had to pay hundreds of thousands to lawyers, even now take a dollar bill out of your pocket test it for cocaine it will test positive every time and yes if they are after you they can get your print from a cup in a Resturant but that is not the point here. what they are doing is building a data base a really big one for as many people as they can with as little man power as possible now if that data base falls into and it will to a terror group then as an American you are fucked and you better not travel because right now Americans are hated in many many country's and for the young people its going to be a problem because by the time that they grow up and become spooks ( spy's ) for America, fake Id's or passports won't cut it any more so maybe just maybe now you understand the problem and I only wrote a tiny of what I know and allowed to say without getting myself into trouble.
Tera - September 13, 2013 at 5:35pm
You know the truth and explained it well. I will never give my finger print without a court order. Thanks
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