Thumbprint scan on iPhone??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by World Traveler, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey...anyone think Apple will upgrade security on individual iPhones and add a thumb print scan as a "user password" or "unlock" key? That would be really sweet for a developer to implement.
     
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    NJDevils44

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    that would be dope, but i belive it's not something that you can develop, it doens't contain the necessary hardware to scan a fingerprint...correct me if i am wrong
     
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    Badandy

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    ya, where would they scan for fingerprints? definitely not possible with the current hardware...
     
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    darwen

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    You need a special scanner like what is found on some laptops and PDA's. The iPhone does not have the scanner. Apple probably figured the amount of space and cost it would add on was not worth it.
     
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    earnjam

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    I don't see any reason an actual password couldn't be used on the current hardware.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Or how about Apple put a camera on the front of the phone for face recognition. (As well as video calls.) That would be much more feasible.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    The touch screen on the iPhone is advanced, but not advanced enough to scan fingerprints! :)
     
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    killerrobot

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    Scan fingerprints? They need it to automatically clean off fingerprints and smudges. Now that would be nice.:D
     
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    iSaint

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    That was my guess for unlocking, as it doesn't show any secure method for doing so. :p
     
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    I seriously doubt they would build in biometrics and not boast about it.
     
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    Schtumple

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    Having a password will be on there, if its not it's a stupid oversight on apples part.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    I wonder if there's a way to pervert the camera on the iPhone to do it? Probably you can't get enough clarity at a short focal length with it. :( It'd be neat if you could do that and/or have something like delicious library on the iPhone! :D
     

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