Does anyone else want a fingerprint sensor on macs?

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  1. 09sroyal macrumors member

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    So we're seeing all the rumors of a fingerprint sensor on the 5S to save time on pass codes and stuff, would anyone else love this feature on their mac? It would be quicker and easier to log on, and if apple implement it across the board with mac and iOS, companies will develop more and more uses for it.
     
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    I used to have one for my Mac when Leopard was out. Then Snow Leopard arrived and forever broke compatibility with the device.

    It was nice while I had it.

    It was similar to this model, but not exactly.
     

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  4. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    I had one an a work laptop.. gimmicky convenience at best, inconvenient, glitchy false sense of security at worst.
     
  5. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    If by some miracle tech they could figure out how to incorporate it into the existing trackpad, then sure - why not I guess. If however, it requires some convoluted port sticking up next to the keyboard like the Lenovo's I use then no. They are grime/dust catchers.

    I have a file vault drive on a machine with a password that's like 50 characters long. It gets tiresome to key that in for simple system permissions though.
     
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    No , thanks. The security holes in desktop OSs are already big enough.
     
  7. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Nope.

    Nope. Thanks but no. The more minimal the design and the better the quality, the more happy I feel while completing work on my machines. It is all Zen and Tao for me so keep it simple-simon.
     
  8. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    If it's integrated into the trackpad and has a use, sure.

    Otherwise, no thanks.
     
  9. Badrottie Suspended

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    There were several windows notebooks that come with fingerprint sensor in the past but now do you see them right now? NONE because it is useless. Apple wouldn't do that on all MBP! :apple:
     
  10. Millionaire2K macrumors 6502a

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    Just so you know, HP Puts them on most laptops..... NOW. Brand new from HP.

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    See it? The small slit.
     
  11. zedzded macrumors regular

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    Yeah, but how many people actually use them?
     
  12. Millionaire2K macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think a study exist to tell us. However my brother uses his every time he turns on his PC to login.

    Also this being Apple forums I would not expect many people on here to use them. I.E. they are not on Apple products.
     
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    This slit has been on IBM ThinkPads since 2004 (T42).
    PS We all know HP - it's a good printer company :rolleyes:
     
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  15. tekno macrumors 6502a

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    Pointless on the iphone, too?
     
  16. Millionaire2K macrumors 6502a

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    Ok. Thanks for supporting my post that they are on PC's. :rolleyes:
     
  17. zedzded macrumors regular

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    Just for the pin - yes pointless. However if it could act as password for email, web banking etc then yes, probably worth it. But if that's Apple's main selling point for the 5s, then well they're füćked, basically..
     
  18. Millionaire2K macrumors 6502a

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    :(
     
  19. ValSalva macrumors 68040

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    If Apple starts copying HP then they really are doomed :D

    I'd like to see how well the fingerprint sensor works on the iPhone before even thinking of wanting one on a Mac.
     
  20. maflynn Moderator

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    A number of laptops my company supplies has the sensor. I'd say for my needs, I'd rather not deal with it.
     
  21. ogi.nic macrumors member

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    Did you ever encounter the friend/colleague/etc who stares at your keyboard while you log in somewhere? The sensor looks convenient to me.
     
  22. Switchback666 macrumors 68000

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    I sure will love it :) my brother have a HP he bought last year and the scanner works with no issues; some people get stuck in the past and think what was bad will remain bad :rolleyes:
     
  23. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    No big deal! Actually, i got it even working on my ThinkPad T61 hackintosh! Someone had written the drivers for OS X and they worked. If I'm not mistaken, they were even a commercial product, not opensource initiative. But it's already a while ago, so I've lost the details.
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    Simple solution to that issue - just say "excuse me" or "Please don't look at my typing" :)
     
  25. AXs, Sep 9, 2013
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    yea good luck observing and memorizing my 10 digit password that contains random lower cases, upper cases, numbers, and symbols... which i take a second or two to type.


    That way, someone can't just kill me and cut off my finger to access my personal information (happens so frequently in movies - which I clearly watch too much off) :p
     

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