People keep touting Touch ID but I guess I'm not seeing the point?

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  1. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    For me at least.

    It's nice for the store so I don't have to sign in every time I make a purchase but with that enabled I have to do a passcode every time I unlock the phone. If it were up to me I would have no lock screen period (like I do on my current phone)
  2. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
    You sure you have a 5s?
  3. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    You can use Touch ID for both the iTunes Store and for unlocking the phone. When you unlock the phone with Touch ID you don't even have to swipe.
  4. iPhone7ate9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    The 5s through tmobile test drive I mighta forgotten to say that


    I'd prefer no lock screen at all. But touch id isn't very quick for unlocking.
  5. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007

    I think you are missing the current biggest feature of touchID which is unlocking the phone.

    with touchID enabled, lock the phone then click the home button once and leave your finger lightly resting on the home button, but not holding the button down. The phone should very quickly unlock without any swiping or passcode.
  6. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    You can do anything you want. Your phone, your emails and contacts etc.

    If Touch ID doesn't work the way you want to work disable it.

    Personally I find that to be able to pull the phone out of my pocket and unlock it at the same time is a time saver.
  7. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    If you use your phone for work, it is a godsend. My employer makes us install policies through MobileIron that require a password before accessing the corporate network.

    So instead of password unlocking my phone 50 times a day, I just touch it.

    Definitely a big deal.
  8. eddiec312 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2008
    Miami, FL
    Not to mention Touch ID is going to grow 10 fold once ios 8 comes out. Apps such as Paypal, Ebay, Amazon, and hundreds of others will have the ability to use Touch Id in their apps.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I hope the new iPads will have it. Not real fond of this on my phone but would like it for my iPad which is password protected because it is left at home.
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It's way quicker for unlocking. I didn't have a passcode before touchID. Now I do. It gets unlocked by the time I take it out of my pocket (by grasping the upside down iPhone with my thumb on the sensor) and even before I can see the lock screen.
  11. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010
  12. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
  13. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    If it worked for me I'd be more impressed. Touch ID never works for iTunes even though I've disabled and re-enabled it several times.

    I even restored the phone and set up as new since my recent unlock. No difference.

    And really, you can't use Touch ID because of a recent reboot? That's the dumbest thing ever. So, because I turn off my phone at night, I have to enter the password?

  14. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Umm, so.. just DON'T turn off the phone at night? Put it in airplane mode, or use Do Not Disturb.

    Don't blame a problem you're having on the phone when you're not using it as it's meant to be used.
  15. mikemj23 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    Agree with this 100%. Touch ID is essential for me for work.

    I'm not sure what's going on with the OP's phone but my Touch ID is almost instantaneous. Works flawlessly for me.
  16. Striker-UMB macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    That's exactly what I do and it's unlocked before my eyes see the screen.


    Yeah it is very useful for purchases, would be nice for it to come to the iPad/Mini.
  17. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    The way it's meant to be used? Get a clue. It has a power button for a reason.
  18. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    What? Set no passcode, and be happy with it. Don't expect others to do the same, especially when using Touch ID to unlock the phone is way faster than typing in any passcode.
  19. solarguy17 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007
    Wait, you turn off your phone at night.
    2 questions:

    How do you make sure you wake up on time in the morning?
  20. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    Long before their were iPhones there was this thing called an alarm clock. ;)
  21. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    I had to laugh at this. The ONLY possible answer is he's late for work/school everyday! Lol :)
  22. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Why do you let your phone die so much? I probably need to type my passcode once a month.

    I have gotten so use to the touch id, I really like it. As I suspected I would.

    As soon as I grab my phone my finger has unlocked it.
  23. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    It's not a "power" button, it's the Sleep/Wake button. It's not designed to be turned off every night but you can use it that way if you want to, it's just not fair to complain about it.
  24. MikeyMike01 macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2010
    Yeah, to turn it on for the first time.
  25. $M.H$ macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2014
    Man ! Are you serious ?! :(
    You can use touch id for UNLOCKING IPHONE & ITUNES STORE

    BTW : How do you got your phone ? Is it a gift ?
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