Flaws in Finger Print scanner.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iDannyxD, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. iDannyxD macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Just a theory but what if your asleep and whom ever comes into your room and picks up your iPhone 5S and just touch's the scanner of your finger while you sleep, and bang there in your phone!

    It's silly but true!
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Who exactly is going to come into my bedroom while I sleep to get into my phone?

    Why don't we cross this bridge (and issue) once we have all the info on how this feature (if true) will function, no need to create and solve an issue that doesn't exist yet.
  3. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Put a infrared/ laser alarm installation on your bedroom.
  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Good point! Fingerprint and voice recognition maybe? :D
  5. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    *puts finger of sleeping person on iphone.."correct, please say something". Punches sleeping person in the face.."AAAAGH" *thank you*.
    Unlocked :D
  6. ItsWelshy macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Let me word the OP question how he wanted to write it...

    "I'm worried that my wife will now be able to get my phone whilst I'm asleep, and put my finger on the phone to unlock it.. Obviously this is unacceptable, as she'd find out that I'm shagging my secretary.

    Anyone else worried about this?"

    We've all thought about that bro.
  7. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    This is ridiculous and hilarious at the same time. Who thinks about this stuff? Lol!
  8. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Now, that is an issue.
    You can hire a bodyguard though. That would solve the problem.
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Just enable the PIN code to add a second layer of security.
  10. jordanogrady macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
    I wonder if the crimes of phones and cut off thumbs will go up?
  11. Wormald, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    Wormald macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    Perhaps when the phone unlocks from the scanner it'll vibrate or make a beep?

    Aside from disabling the scanner, that would be a good option to have.

    But, yes, if there's someone in your room whilst you're asleep who you don't trust, then them vicariously fingering your phone is the least of your worries :)

    Edit: I think I've figured out how this will be stopped from happening - I think you'll have to press the home button, and the scan will take place as you press it in. The force required to push someone elses finger (a very sensitive part of the body) into the home button would rouse them from sleep for sure.
  12. Enco macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2010
    We literally had this exact thread a couple days ago.
  13. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Wear boxing gloves to bed. That'll stop 'em two ways!
  14. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Most likely a PIN code will be required anyway. But it won't be used unless it can't authenticate your finger. So that would be useless in this case.
  15. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I'm certain there will be a way to disable it. I've never liked the idea of using my fingerprint anyway.
  16. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    There will certainly be a way to disable. It will be like siri, exciting at first then not very practical. Fingerprint scanners on larger devices, and even in high security environments, don't have a 100 percent scan success rate. Imagine having to re scan your finger to unlock your phone. What about dirt and smudge.
  17. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Don't live around people you don't trust, and if you feel you need to hide it you shouldn't be doing it.

    That or sleep with iMits on to protect your fingerprints.
  18. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    You're assuming it uses the exact same technology for identification as the high security scanners, which it may not. Guess what? Voice recognition sucked 5 years ago too, not so much anymore.
  19. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    I LOL'd
  20. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    If someone really wants into your phone, they do not need your passcode, nor your finger to do it.
  21. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    It'll be low-level security. It'll stop people just picking your phone up and reading through your data. But if someone REALLY wants access to your phone and they're willing to go to fairly extreme measures, they'll get in somehow.
  22. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Just a theory but what if your asleep and whom ever comes into your room and picks up your iPhone and knows your pin code or you don't use one, and bang they're in your phone!

    It's silly but true!
  23. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Cut-off thumbs may not work if Apple managed to fit in all of the technologies that AuthenTech developed.

    Based on what AuthenTech was working on before Apple bought them, they require your fingers to be alive.

    I'm not sure if it is possible to keep pushing fake blood into a thumb to fool this technology.
  24. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008

    On the flip side, what would you do if in a freak industrial accident you had all your fingers cut off and you could no longer access your phone?

    It could happen...

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