If the iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, I won't buy it. Anyone else?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Krov7, Jul 15, 2013.


Does the fingerprint scanner concern you?

  1. Might reconsider

  2. Don't care

  1. Krov7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
    With all the security concerns as of late, I would think twice about having the device I use most throughout my day having a fingerprint scanner. Even if apple didn't sell/give away the information as they might be required to, there is always the possibility of exploits and 3rd parties gaining unauthorized access to your fingerprints. Imagine what the implications of that could be?

    Even if the ip5s has a 70mp camera A9 chip and prints money, I won't be getting it if it includes a fingerprint scanner (the option to turn it off wouldn't negate the possibility it could get in the wrong hands).
  2. atteligibility macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    Why don't you tell us? too tired today to imagine anything
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  4. Krov7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
    Thanks for contributing to the discussion /s
  5. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    This forum can be used as a case study in paranoia and misinformation. I'm blown away sometimes by the things I read on this forum where you would expect to find tech savvy users. Just wow!!!
  6. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    If you are over the age of 18, anyone that matters probably already has your fingerprints. And if they don't, it's because you have no reason to worry about them having your prints.

    Still, a fingerprint scanner is HORRIBLE for personal security reasons. It takes little more than a piece of clear tape to defeat a fingerprint scanner, and they wouldn't even need to try to find your fingerprint on a can or whatever, since your phone has your prints literally covering it.
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    What kind of thread promises some super new secret about fingerprint scanners and then doesn't even say what the secret is?

    Oh, right. This one.
  8. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    You could probably just not use it. There has to be an alternative/back up way of unlocking the phone. You can probably just disable it.

    I can't use my fingerprints on anything that's not authorized via certain government agencies (work, nothing cool). Unlikely it would be allowed on a phone even if its mine, Apple has a tendency of storing things. However I never heard of any problems arising when Android had a fingerprint scanner years ago.

    Its always less secure to have two forms of entry anyway. And more then likely there will need to be a back up way of unlocking the phone so you're back to your standard PIN code.

    I'm not upset or worried there MIGHT be a fingerprint scanner, I just feel that money could be spent on cooler more useful things on the phone.
  9. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Remember it hardly matters. Apple & others are already tracking us.

    The cats outta the bag, it's Too Late :D
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    If they have the scanner, there will be an opt out option
    After all what would happen if you lost your fingers like in that episode of Luther recently.


    No they are just tracking you. I'm not a person of interest!
  11. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Southern California
    Anyone with extremely sensitive info on their phones isn't going to use the fingerprint scanner. If someone is REALLY concerned about security, I'm sure they wouldn't be using a 4-digit pin either, they'd use a long passphrase instead.

    A fingerprint scanner would be cool to quickly unlock my phone, instead of entering the pin each time. None of the people I try to keep out of my phone -- siblings, nosey roommates, etc -- are going to go through the trouble of taking my fingerprints and try to unlock the phone. Neither is joe schmoe the robber who just wants to flip it and make a quick buck ;)
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    I don't care but there are, of course, others that do. Why does it matter? Do whatever works for you.

    So do you wear gloves all the time? Do you constantly wipe your fingerprints off of everything you touch? Imagine what the implications of leaving your fingerprints everywhere could be! :eek:

    Most passwords and PIN's that the average Joes out there use are as well.
  13. peridot macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Well I'm not going to not buy it just because of a fingerprint scanner, but if that's the only upgrade the I probably won't buy it because I'm quite happy with my 4s. For my needs, Apple's current security options are sufficient. Now if the fingerprint scanner can be used for things other than just security I may be tempted.
  14. KenAFSPC macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    Give Apple a little more credit.

    Apple will not store your fingerprint on the device, much less a server. Apple will use your fingerprint and other biometric data obtained from the sensor (such as skin density and vein patterns) in conjunction with information unique to your particular phone and/or iCloud account to create a password key -- the equivalent of a very, very, very long alphanumeric password.

    Developers will not have direct, low-level access to the hardware to grab your fingerprint. However, developers should be able to call an Apple software routine that would generate a password key (I.e., a long number of 1s and 0s) based on the unique combination of your fingerprint, other biometric data, and the device hardware.

    A fingerprint scanner, iOS keychain, and fingerprint functions for developers would:

    1. eliminate the long alphanumeric passwords currently required by government and corporate networks;

    2. provide secure authentication for mobile payments, including purchases from the Apple Store, as well as wireless payments made to vendors using near field communication or Bluetooth;

    3. simplify web login/password entry for the web, whereby a fingerprint scan would populate the user's login/password and personal information from a secure password store (IOS Keychain) in Safari;

    4. eliminate login/password entry for third-party iOS7 applications (e.g., your bank's IOS app), by allowing third-party developers to substitute fingerprints for passwords;

    5. provide seamless multi-user support, which would benefit home users, as well as corporations and governments, that share one device (e.g., iPad, future Macbooks) among multiple users.
    A fingerprint sensor is key to (a) corporate and government customers and (b) mobile payments. Corporations and government agencies currently require 8-12 digit alphanumeric passwords to unlock a phone; a fingerprint reader would eliminate these passwords, if properly implemented. Mobile payments haven't taken off because of concerns over security; a fingerprint reader, or a pin combined with a fingerprint reader, would largely address those concerns.


    You've watched a few too many spy movies, or perhaps the episode of Mythbusters where they defeated 10-year-old fingerprint technology. The newest generations of fingerprint sensors detect and use additional biometric information, such as temperature, skin density, and vein patterns, to produce passwords that are the equivalent of alphanumeric passwords that are dozens of characters long.
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Why did you not put, "YES! I will absolutely buy one!" in the poll choice? Just because you don't want to buy one doesn't mean other here won't. At least make a fair poll.
  16. Sym0 macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2013
    If it does it won't store your fingerprint, just some pattern that is heavily encrypted and meaningless anyway, there is literally nothing of any official use that needs a finger print.

    And if there was, AND there was an advantage to having a copy of yours they could just lift it from the glass you just drank some water from, or your car door, or the front and back of ANY phone you have touched!!

    Paranoia to the extreme...
  17. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
  18. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I did wonder about another security (or paranoia) concern - Apple could track who is using any such sensor-equipped iOS device. Even if they one-way hash any biometric data which they send to their servers (which would prevent anyone inferring the fingerprint etc. from the hash) they could still match that unique 'biometric fingerprint' against data from the phone (contacts, IMEI number, UDID, iCloud account) to get a real-life person <-> biometric fingerprint mapping.

    If you then use another such iPhone, they can match the hash against what the previous one, and thus know you're using someone else's phone, so you're probably friends/family/colleagues; and build up a network of relationships like that.

    Paranoia, of course - given there are other easier ways to build up this information (contacts lists, monitor emails sent, even social networks). But this method could catch people who otherwise are very selective and careful about their privacy. "Would Apple do this?" doesn't really matter - it's not as if they would have any choice in the matter. In these days of Prism etc. who knows?
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I'm not surprised with a certain level of paranoia when it comes to something as unique as a fingerprint. Would anyone here use their entire social security number as a password?

    Criminals will always find ways to exploit things even if us honest folks can't think of an exploit.

    I certainly wouldn't call this extreme paranoia. That's like thinking a utility van outside is the government spying on you.
  20. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    I think a fingerprint scan in conjunction with a security token (a la RSA) would be ok in securing your device, if necessary. Of course, it will still have to connect to the outside world exposing it to any number of predators, so it will never be absolutely secure. The name of the game is being smart about what you do with and store on your mass produced, easily cracked mobile device. :p
  21. InTheMist macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2013
    I like the fingerprint scanner as a security feature. I guess I could see privacy freaks concern, but that seems a bit extreme to my view.
  22. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
  23. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I think a fingerprint scanner would be a great addition. These security solutions are meant for casual security, or so common sense would tell us. They are meant for if someone wants to peek at your phone, or if you lose it, they are NOT meant if you are on the run seeking asylum somewhere and want to hide the contents of your phone.

    Plus chances are your fingerprints are already out there in a law enforcement database, or will eventually be. Healthcare licenses, for example, all have to go through a background check which includes giving up your fingerprints.
  24. 3rd Rock macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Over here
    FingerPrint reader or not, I'm buying. If the fingerPrint reader works, than that's a plus. If not, there is always the second layer of security. :D

    Love these paranoid threads. The government already has your ID/listening to your phone calls or reading your email. I hope you are not signed up to any of the phone carriers, or use Facebook, nor emails, etc, etc. Government has you from birth to death, so stop worrying about it.

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