Remember ‘Slide to unlock?‘ The phrase you see to unlock and get into your iPhone is so 2007. Along with an improved camera, and some high tech innards, the single most impressive feature on Apple’s new iPhone 5S is the Touch ID.
It’s a fingerprint identity sensor built in to the iPhone’s home button. It couldn’t be simpler to set up and use. Choose your finger and place it on the home button. Your finger print is scanned and stored on the iPhone.
When the iPhone is locked, place your finger on the home button and the iPhone is unlocked. How amazingly cool is that?
Why so cool? I make sure my iPhone 5 is locked and secured with a password. Entering that password takes a few seconds. The Touch ID feature means the iPhone is ready to go with a simple touch to the home button.
No password needed. It also works to approve purchases from the App Store and iBooks Store. No password needed there, either. Your fingerprint is encrypted and locked away on the iPhone.
How does Touch ID work?
In a nutshell, Apple created a special sapphire lens (very hard) and elements to capture the details of your fingerprint. It’s so smart it can capture your fingerprint with 360-degree readability, so it doesn’t matter whether the iPhone is in landscape or portrait mode.
Touch ID can read your fingerprint instantly and knows if you’re who you say you are or not. If so, you’re in. If not, no iPhone for you!
Touch ID lets you enroll multiple fingerprints so you can allow a significant other or friend to use your iPhone.
I can see plenty of large corporations who will note the difference between Apple’s iPhone platform with security and privacy built-in, versus Android smartphones which are more insecure by comparison, thanks to all the malware available these days.
Touch ID is typical Apple. Complex technology made simple; plenty of sizzle about a feature we all worry about– security.