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Apple's Touch ID System won’t Store Fingerprints

Sep 12 2013, 4:09am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple’s Touch ID System on its iPhone 5S won’t store real images of fingerprints at all. Moist, sweaty or have some lotion on finger can also damage the locking system. Furthermore, scarred fingerprints too are out of bounds. This new problem has just cropped up and needs to be resolved.

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Apple's Touch ID System won’t Store Fingerprints

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The fingerprint scanner on Apple’s Touch ID System would not store information regarding the imagery of the finger whorls. The vital information is encoded in the structure of the A7 chip inside the iPhone 5S device. Then there is the fact that the system performs faultily when the fingertips are wet or irregular due to surgery or accidents. 

Thus if the fingertip is covered with sweat, water or any other fluid (such as hand lotion) the device may malfunction or at least it is prone to do so. Even the slightest scar on the digit may cause the system to fail to recognize the identity of the user. That is why there is a pass-code established for this purpose. It also stops hackers from getting into the device. 

So the good thing about the Touch ID System is that it cannot be unlocked by outsiders. Only the owner of the device can ultimately gain entry and access the iPhone 5S. However, the sole condition that is being set for users is that their hands be dry and laceration-free. 

Any moisture or damage to the tip of your index finger will prove costly. There is of course such a thing called reality which is a pretty stubborn entity that just won’t go away. A computer is based on binary code. Hence, it is either yes or no. There is no maybe. There is no room for negotiation. Therefore, while the system of fingerprint analysis is not perfect, it will do for now till a better alternative comes up. 

Source: WSJ

 

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