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

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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)
 

antiprotest

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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.
 

Craiger

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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)

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.
 

I7guy

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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)
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.
 

BeeGood

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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.
 

eddiec312

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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.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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I'd prefer no lock screen at all. But touch id isn't very quick for unlocking.
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.
 

jbachandouris

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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?

Pointless.
 

zorinlynx

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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?

Pointless.
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.
 

mikemj23

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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.
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.
 

Striker-UMB

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

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

jbachandouris

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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.
The way it's meant to be used? Get a clue. It has a power button for a reason.
 

LostSoul80

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I'd prefer no lock screen at all. But touch id isn't very quick for unlocking.
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.
 

solarguy17

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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?

Pointless.
Wait, you turn off your phone at night.
2 questions:
Why?
and

How do you make sure you wake up on time in the morning?
 

cynics

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Wait, you turn off your phone at night.

2 questions:

Why?

and



How do you make sure you wake up on time in the morning?

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

johnnnw

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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.
 

Paddle1

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The way it's meant to be used? Get a clue. It has a power button for a reason.
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.
 

$M.H$

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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)
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 ?
:D
 
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