Apple Pay and touch id failure - what happens?

SueyMac

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Oct 3, 2013
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Hi,

What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card? If so, doesn't this defeat the purpose of Apple Pay making transactions easier/faster?

My touch id doesn't work 100% of the time, but I don't think it fails often enough to make a genius appointment. But it does fail sometimes.

Any thoughts?

thanks!
 

Tyler23

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Dec 2, 2010
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Hi,

What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card? If so, doesn't this defeat the purpose of Apple Pay making transactions easier/faster?

My touch id doesn't work 100% of the time, but I don't think it fails often enough to make a genius appointment. But it does fail sometimes.

Any thoughts?

thanks!
I've had Touch ID fail once on my iPhone 6, so I don't think it will be an issue.

If your fails often, get it replaced. If not, I doubt it will have much affect on you using Apple Pay. I'd take the convenience of it working 9/10 times and having to deal with the 1/10 times it doesn't over not having it at all.
 

deeddawg

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Jun 14, 2010
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Why wouldn't you try it again?

The purpose of Apple Pay IMHO is more about enhancing transaction security than it is about making it "easier".

If you're having frequent enough issues with TouchID I'd recommend addressing that before worrying about how it'd affect Apple Pay. Start by re-enrolling your fingerprints.

I've been using TouchID since day one on my 5S. Sometimes it does fail the first read, but it's usually because I've screwed up somehow. On those few occasions the second read "takes"
 

tg81

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Oct 9, 2014
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Hi,

What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card?
I've been wondering about this as well. Maybe it'll be like when it fails any other time and revert to the passcode. Although that would reduce the security of the system so maybe it will just be a matter of reaching for the credit card.
 

Tyler23

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Dec 2, 2010
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I've been wondering about this as well. Maybe it'll be like when it fails any other time and revert to the passcode. Although that would reduce the security of the system so maybe it will just be a matter of reaching for the credit card.
It takes all of half of a second to try Touch ID again. Even with the re-attempting to use Touch ID it's still faster than reaching for the wallet, especially since the phone's already out.
 

aristobrat

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Oct 14, 2005
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Hi,

What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card?
To me, that's almost like saying "What if you swipe your credit card an the machine doesn't read it? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and pull out some cash?"

I'd guess that 99% of folks are going to try again (in both situations). :)
 

tribestros

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Jul 24, 2011
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Hi,

What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card? If so, doesn't this defeat the purpose of Apple Pay making transactions easier/faster?

My touch id doesn't work 100% of the time, but I don't think it fails often enough to make a genius appointment. But it does fail sometimes.

Any thoughts?

thanks!
By SueyMac did you mean Suey Park? Because this post was about as stupid as Suey Park.
 

617aircav

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Jul 2, 2012
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Hi,



What if you are using Apple Pay and your touch id fails? Do you attempt it again or give up and fish for your wallet and find your credit card? If so, doesn't this defeat the purpose of Apple Pay making transactions easier/faster?



My touch id doesn't work 100% of the time, but I don't think it fails often enough to make a genius appointment. But it does fail sometimes.



Any thoughts?



thanks!

Same this if your credit card fails. Try again or pay with something else. Easy.
 

deeddawg

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Jun 14, 2010
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Gosh, some of you are rude!
Par for the course on any internet forum.

Though you do have to admit the "do you try it again" question either wasn't thought through very well or wasn't exactly what you meant to ask. If you question was really "what if it won't work no matter how many times you try" that wasn't conveyed clearly.
 

terraphantm

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Jun 27, 2009
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According to the iOS security guide, the passcode is an option

Page 26 said:
Payment authorization

The Secure Element will only allow a payment to be made after it receives authorization from the Secure Enclave, confirming the user has authenticated with Touch ID or the device passcode. Touch ID is the default method if available but the passcode can be used at any time instead of Touch ID. A passcode is automatically offered after three unsuccessful attempts to match a fingerprint and after five unsuccessful attempts, the passcode is required. A passcode is also required when Touch ID is not configured or not enabled for Apple Pay.

https://www.apple.com/privacy/docs/iOS_Security_Guide_Oct_2014.pdf
 

tg81

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Oct 9, 2014
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According to the iOS security guide, the passcode is an option
That's good to know. Being able to use the passcode makes it pretty much infallible. My touch ID works 99.9% of the time, but the .1% failure time will of course happen when there's an impatient crowd of mostly android users behind me, so I'll be much happier knowing that as a fallback measure I can just swipe to the right and put in the passcode.
(I'll use noobinator's method as a final resort)

I would immediately drop all the stuff I was going to buy on the floor and walk out crying
lol...