Think the new scanner will work to stop theft?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lamarak, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Lamarak macrumors 6502

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    Pretty basic quesion. And if the phone is stolen, does the fingerprint scannner make the phone useless to the thief? Will it stop them from them turning off programs like find my iphone? Wonder if need to scan to reboot the phone or completely wipe it.

    How effective tool do you think, if any this will stop thefts.
     
  2. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    They'll probably still be able to put it into DFU mode, and turn it off etc. More useful in this scenario would be iOS 7's Activation Lock IMO.
     
  3. adam044 macrumors 65816

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    No but the new security feature making you log back into the Apple ID that was on the device if it is restored or something will stop some theft.
     
  4. Kurso macrumors 6502

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    Nothing will stop theft. Even if you can remotely brick your phone people will steal it for parts (screens are expensive to replace).
     
  5. tgi macrumors 65816

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    This.

    People will steal regardless if they'll be able to fully use the item stolen.

    Think people stealing a car and stripping the parts.
     
  6. sviato macrumors 68020

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    It won't stop theft, it may slow resale of stolen items
     
  7. KaijuRed macrumors regular

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    Worse case scenario: The thief steals your iPhone AND your finger(s) :(
     
  8. Honza macrumors member

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    I read that after a few attempts with the Touch ID, the phone will revert to asking for a passcode instead of using the fingerprinting scanner. If this is the case, the fingerprinting is only for convenience, and does not give any additional security. A thief can just try the scanner until it asks for a passcode and then guess your passcode same as before.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    If you leave your phone at a bar and a dishonest person takes it, he or she doesn't care, to them it's a free device.
     

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