Apple Debuts Touch ID for Unprecedented Security with iPhone 5S

Delivering an unprecedented degree of smartphone security, Apple today confirmed that the forthcoming iPhone 5S will feature a new fingerprint-scanning technology called Touch ID. The scanner, which is located in the iPhone 5S’s home button, can scan and ID the user’s fingerprint. Understandably, this feature is billed as being a safer and more reliable option …   Read More

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Apple Debuts Touch ID for Unprecedented Security with iPhone 5SDelivering an unprecedented degree of smartphone security, Apple today confirmed that the forthcoming iPhone 5S will feature a new fingerprint-scanning technology called Touch ID.

The scanner, which is located in the iPhone 5S’s home button, can scan and ID the user’s fingerprint. Understandably, this feature is billed as being a safer and more reliable option than password protection.

The move is expected to dramatically boost smartphone security as more than half of all iPhone users don’t presently use a passcode, according to Apple.

In terms of specs, the new fingerprint scanner is 170 microns thin, has a 500ppi resolution, serves up a 360º reading capability, and can even scan the “sub-epidermal” layers of human skin.

Apple made a special effort this morning to explain that user fingerprint information is never uploaded to a remote server.

“All fingerprint [data] is encrypted,” pledged 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.”

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