How useful is the iPhone 5S finger print sensor?
History was made with Apple’s first ever combined launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C in September this year, with the iPhone 5s’s finger print sensor at the centre of discussion.
Apple is not the first to invent a finger print sensor for a device, pioneered in 2011 by the Motorola Atrix. However, the function has not featured in the latest Motorola models.
The 5S’s finger print sensor, named Touch ID, is cleverly built in to the home button working with IOS7 security features to employ the most advanced security mechanism created for a smartphone device.
How does it Work?
Biometric technology is used in the making of this feature which is able to recognize your finger print by detecting the sub-epidermal layers of your skin. A stainless steel detection ring surrounds the button, telling the device when to scan the finger print with a laser cut sapphire lense helping to provide a clear image.
Features and Benefits
Touch ID adds a dimension to the iPhone 5s, the feature unique amongst its peers at time of writing. Accessing the iPhone and the Apple Store with one quick finger print removes the need to remember two distinct passwords which were previously required. Customers are also reassured by Apple that each print is stored in that unique smartphone device only and nowhere else, denouncing any security concerns; see our Head Designer using the finger print sensor with our Impact Trio case and Impact Shield screen protector below.
It’s also interesting to note that, according to Apple, the chances a finger other than your own could access your device is one in fifty thousand as opposed to the one in ten thousand odds for someone breaking in to your pass code, making Touch ID an excellent theft and fraud preventer.