Actionable notifications and Touch-ID

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Abazigal, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    There is no doubt that actionable notifications have made interacting with my phone more convenient. I can now respond to my friend's iMessage directly from the lock screen, rather than unlocking my phone.

    However, this also poses a security hazard. What's stopping someone from accessing your phone's lockscreen notifications in your absence and replying with nonsensical messages, or worse, delete notifications and emails?

    The obvious answer here is "Disable this feature then", but then, this seems like a very "Un-apple-like" solution, and obviously a step back. Apple has always prided itself on giving us the best of both worlds. Features like Touch-ID showed us that we can have our cake and eat it too. I should be able to enjoy the convenience of responding to lockscreen notifications and not having to worry about security.

    This didn't strike me until I was playing around with the Cloudmagic email app yesterday. When I swiped to delete a junk email from my iPhone's lock screen, I was prompted to authenticate with Touch-ID or my passcode. I just needed to do it once to interact with all my emails; locking the phone resets this.
    With Touch-ID, this process was both quick and seamless. It seemed so obvious. What do you think? Should iOS 9 allow us to use Touch-ID to limit access to who can act on our notifications? Moving forward, only the iphone5 won't have Touch-ID anyways.

    Edit: I uploaded the images via tapatalk and the ability to resize photos is noticeably missing. Anyone knows how to resize them? Thanks, and sorry if you had to scroll through very gigantic images. :p
  2. marvz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2012
    The Apple Mail app also asks for your fingerprint to delete an email.
  3. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    I don't get the point of your post really.

    Right now when I try to act on a notification on my lock screen it ask me to unlock using code or touch-id.

    And you seem aware of it.

    And you ask if Apple should keep this behavior in iOS 9 ?
  4. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    You can reply to messages without the need for Touch ID right now.
  5. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    you can disable it
  6. gordon1234, Mar 22, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015

    gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Actionable notifications and Touch-ID

    That's pretty much how it works now. It's up to app developers to choose whether they want to require authentication when performing actions from the lock screen. I'm not sure what would change.

    EDIT: I suppose you could make it a per-app security setting controlled by the system, as opposed to something each developer has to choose to implement.
  7. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    How will I quick reply if I disable it? This doesn't bother me personally. But a solution would be that after you press send you'll have to input a passcode or your thumb for it to send. If you input the wrong password the message will still be unread on your lock screen.
  8. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    What???? I own an iphone 5 with the latest ios and I never knew that I could reply or delete emails from the lock screen?? Do I slide "left" instead of right time get those options?

    Is there any options I need to enable for this??
  9. dsh3 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2012
    Yes, slide from right to left.

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