Apple announces 'Touch ID' fingerprint scanner for iPhone 5S

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in iPhone edited January 2014
As widely rumored prior to its announcement, the iPhone 5s will sport biometric fingerprint security with a new feature Apple is calling "Touch ID," a seamless mode of authentication built directly into the phone's home button.

Touch ID


The system is comprised of a flat sapphire crystal, stainless steel detection ring and fingerprint sensing array, all built into the tactile iPhone 5s home button.

Apple is looking to position the new technology as a smarter way to secure a user's iPhone, noting many device owners use simply passcodes or none at all.

The home button packs in a 500ppi sensor capable of scanning sub-dermal layers of skin from a variety of angles, resulting in a more detailed, three-dimensional map of a fingerprint. The technology is, according to Apple, able to recognize multiple fingerprints, indicating that it may be used to give specific permissions to specific users.

Touch ID


"All fingerprint [data] is encrypted," said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, "and secured inside a secure enclave. It's never available to other to other software. It's never uploaded to Apple's servers or backed up to iCloud."

Whereas the features of the iPhone 5C continually leaked up to Tuesday's announcement, the iPhone 5S remained something of a mystery. Only late into the run-up to its unveiling did the more concrete elements of the expected fingerprint sensor begin to emerge.

Just days before Tuesday's reveal, analysts were predicting that the addition of a fingerprint sensor would likely boost mobile commerce and give Apple a leg up in security.

Touch ID can be used for passcodes to unlock the device as well as for iTunes account access, perhaps a first step into mobile payment authentication. Multiple fingerprints can be recognized by the system, which will allow for multi-user access.

Touch ID


The fingerprint sensor module is thought to be the product of Apple's $356 million acquisition of AuthenTec in 2012.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 150

    But why didn't they demo this maybe key feature??!! Uncertain it would work?

  • Reply 2 of 150
    Originally Posted by MacApfel View Post

    Uncertain it would work?

     

    Yeah, that's obviously why.

  • Reply 3 of 150
    hydrhydr Posts: 146member
    Will it work flawlessly? Sure hope so.
  • Reply 4 of 150

    12 months for this?  Stock price is going to get crushed.  

  • Reply 5 of 150

    "Stop eating so many chips, Dave. I can't read your fingerprint."

  • Reply 6 of 150
    Originally Posted by tkell31 View Post

    12 months for this?  Stock price is going to get crushed.  

     

    Come off it.

  • Reply 7 of 150

    Man, was this disappointing or what? A year, they had a year and they come up with a fingerprint sensor that is good for nothing except unlocking you phone? This is all Apple is capable of? Really?

  • Reply 9 of 150
    Originally Posted by NelsonX View Post

    Man, was this disappointing or what? A year, they had a year and they come up with a fingerprint sensor that is good for nothing except unlocking you phone? This is all Apple is capable of? Really?

     

    /s

     
    Originally Posted by 3d3d View Post

    http://cheezburger.com/7790344192

     

    Same as any other phone by any other manufacturer held by any other hand.



    This is the best you idiots can do? Go back to trolling school.

  • Reply 10 of 150

    The failnoters are out early today!

  • Reply 11 of 150
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Looks like the analyst was right about the home button being convex, sort of... the ring looks slightly raised and the button although recessed, is not concave...at least from the look of these photos.

  • Reply 12 of 150
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NelsonX View Post

     

    Man, was this disappointing or what? A year, they had a year and they come up with a fingerprint sensor that is good for nothing except unlocking you phone? This is all Apple is capable of? Really?


     

    Uh, where were you?  They came up with different colors.  Surely that took a lot of thought.  R&D budget hasnt gone up 400% in two years for nothing.

  • Reply 13 of 150
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NelsonX View Post

     

    Man, was this disappointing or what? A year, they had a year and they come up with a fingerprint sensor that is good for nothing except unlocking you phone? This is all Apple is capable of? Really?


     

    I share your "meh" feeling, but I'm guessing it will take Apple some time to get TouchID working flawlessly before they implement new APIs in iOS 7.1 or 7.2 or even 8. 

     

    New APIs would allow third-parties to access the scanner for other uses.

  • Reply 14 of 150
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,727member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NelsonX View Post

     

    Man, was this disappointing or what? A year, they had a year and they come up with a fingerprint sensor that is good for nothing except unlocking you phone? This is all Apple is capable of? Really?


     

    Get out more often.



    It's a solid update.  You want something that tries to do everything, but does nothing well go to Android.  I'll take solid updates that actually work and enhance usability without being cumbersome any day.  Outside, the appearance is the same.  Inside, it's all different.



    Sheesh... haters going to hate.

  • Reply 15 of 150
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    I too agree that it was a bit strange that this feature was not demoed. It's not like it would have taken somebody a long time to put their finger on the home button, so everybody could have seen how this feature works in the real world.

  • Reply 16 of 150
    Underwhelmed

    Definitely sticking with my iPhone 4S "unlocked / jailbroken"
  • Reply 17 of 150
    tkell31 wrote: »
    12 months for this?  Stock price is going to get crushed.  

    Of course it will. The stock price is crushed for anything less than the full power of 20 Mac pros with a 4k level camera, 2000 level sensitive display, battery that lasts at least 1 month on a full charge no matter what you are doing, 15 size options and all for $100 off contract. And everyone is getting one in the first hour of launch day guaranteed.
  • Reply 18 of 150
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    Oh, I also shorted AAPL towards the end, so I'm sitting here smiling at the moment.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 19 of 150

    Here come the AAPL panic sellers.  Go get your asses out of this market!  Hope you lost your shirts.

  • Reply 20 of 150
    Originally Posted by georgegiorgio View Post

    Underwhelmed

     

    Thanks for telling everyone you don't understand what was released.

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