Fingerprint Scanner in Apple iPhone 5S Comes with a Catch

The just uneiled new iPhone’s feature, fingerprint scanning technology, comes with a catch: some people simply don’t have fingerprints at all.

Besides the highly epeted iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c, the Сupertino based company has also unveiled release of its latest operating system iOS 7 for mobile devices. Photo: CCS Insight/Flickr

Apple Inc. is sceduled to release iOS 7 to the public on September 18, a week after the two new iPhones has been uneiled.

However, it’s already known that the new version of the famous operating system will include the new TouchID feature.

Senior vice president of Apple, Phillip Schiller, demonstrated the fingerprint scanner, which uses touch sensors and laser-cut sapphire crystal to take a high-resolution image of a fingerprint to unlock the device.

Schiller called it “an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger.”

The just introduced feature can also be used when buying items from the iTunes store and App store without neessity to enter a password.

However, it appeared later that the fingerprint technology can not be applied to everybody who wants to use it, Michael Barrett, president of the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, which advocates for using fingerprints, voices and face, said.

People who earn money with their hands – for example, artists, construction workers – can simply wear down their fingertips so the technology may not be able to identify them, Barrett said.

Security experts welcomed the introduced fingerprint sensors as they believe now it will be possible to keep cybercriminals at bay, The Huffington Post.

Security experts also claim that ID sensor has numerous advantages over traditional passwords. The Apple’s spokesperson said only half of iPhone owners lock their devices using standart passcodes.

TouchID significantly simplifies the process of device’s unloking and frees users from having to recall strings of numbers and letters for multiple accounts.

“It’s way more convenient,” said Marc Rogers, a security researcher at the mobile security firm Lookout. While you may forget your password, he said, “you always have your finger with you.”

Barrett confirmed that fingerprint scanners have become more reliable and less susceptible to tricks aimed to cheat the sensor. And he said it would be inefficient for hackers to try to spoof the iPhone’s sensor.

“From a criminal perspective, it’s never worth it because you can only attack one person at a time, so it’s very slow,” he said.

Taking into consideration Apple’s influence on the market, the teh giant’s adoption of fingerprint-scanner technology is predicted to increase the use of biometrics in identify verification and accelerate the demise of the password, which many feel has become outdated, Barrett said.

“Passwords were invented in the context of computers in the 1960s,” he said. “They don’t work for anybody any longer. We think the beginning of the end of password is here.”

Some security specialists suppose that the introduced technology will also protect consumers from thieves who steal iPhones as the number of theft in the streets is growing rapidly, making up about 40 percent of all robberies.

Many of those robberies involve smartphones, which are extremely popular among criminals not just for their resale value but for the valuable data stored on them, including emails and online banking data.

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