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

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.

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

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.
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.
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