Apple’s Fingerprint Authentication For The iPhone Is Here

fingerThe iPhone 5S, going on sale this month, unveils Apple’s plan to build a fingerprint database, err, to feature fingerprint security. Now when someone steals your phone, they will cut off your thumb as well. Via ZDNet:

Apple has unveiled its smartphone’s latest weapon: a fingerprint reader it’s calling Touch ID.

With its move, Apple could end up making the technology commonplace, as rivals might feel compelled to follow suit. It could be only a matter of time before passwords and passcodes are relegated to yesteryear.

In making the iPhone 5S one of the first mainstream smartphones in the Western market to include hardware security, Apple has begun to reinvent the notion of device and online identity.

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said at the Tuesday event that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be used to access a user’s device quicker, as well as preventing unauthorized users from accessing a device’s data.

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  • Spasmodius

    I’d wait ’til the scanners can tell living fingers from dead ones.

  • $73036412

    Sweet. Now the NSA will have it all!

    • Mikala Romans

      They are welcome to it, the trolls are not!

      • $73036412

        Amen. That other thang was enough. i stay away from FB as well.
        Comments only show on the thread they are typed on, not that I’m paranoid, but they may be out to get me.

        • Mikala Romans

          I wouldn’t have thought anyone would bother with me (too boring), but now I second the motion. I have a different profile now under my nickname and I’ll delete the other one. Nothing else seems to have been affected, but I’d rather change everything than miss something.

  • echar

    This products marketing has legs. I wish there was software that allows for filtering out articles by name. For example, one could type the name of this product and save the eyes from reading all the blurbs for the thinly veiled advertising in the guise of articles.

    I do admit that a finger print scanner is kind of cool. However there is an app on the android that allows you to scan as well. It’s clunky, and who the fuck needs a fingerprint scanner on their phone?

  • Haystack

    Will they even need to cut off your thumb, or can they just lift your fingerprints off the back of the device itself? There’s a reason that the police use fingerprints for identification–it’s because you leave them everywhere.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Well, if all they want is my fingerprints, they’ve had that shit for years, but I’ll take the whole not having to deal with a passcode to get into my govt. tracker/spy device.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    All-seeing instrument. Supreme perception

    Omnifocal accumulator

    Thief of integrity. Its gaze upon the blind

    Information divinity by man designed

  • Charlie Primero

    One more step towards the cashless society where nobody can exchange money without government approval.

    I’m old enough to remember when we laughed at poor Soviet citizens who had to apply for a permit to travel to visit Grandma in another town. Soon Americans won’t be able to purchase gasoline or board a train unless their fingerprint-linked MAC address passes WiFi inspection.

  • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net/ Jeremy Johnson

    I for one, will enjoy this new device by our Apple Overlords. That aside, I’m not sure if it was the right time to roll out this feature without really changing the rest of the technological landscape… It stands out too much, from an aesthetic perspective.

    Then of course, the NSA will have all of our fingerprints. Oh joy.