Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can unlock your iPhone or iPad, authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store or App Store, and use Apple Pay. A capacitive ring activates the scanner on contact which then takes a high-resolution picture of your fingerprint. That fingerprint is then converted into a mathematical formula, encrypted, and carried over a hardware channel to a secure enclave on Apple's A-series chipset. If the fingerprint is recognized, a "yes" token is released. If it's not, a "no" token is released.
In the perpetual battle between security and convenience, where many people would rather go without a passcode or strong password than fuss with anything complicated on mobile, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor aims to do for authentication what iCloud did for backup and restore - make it easy enough that people will actually use it.
Apple tested Touch ID for future iPhone models but has decided to not bring it to the iPhone 15, or future models in the main series for the foreseeable future, says Mark Gurman.
Temporarily disabling Face ID or Touch ID to require a password to unlock your iPhone or iPad is simple. Here's how you do it.
Apple has been granted another patent pertaining to a fingerprint scanner housed under the display of an iPhone.
According to the latest Power On newsletter by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the next iPhone lineup will not feature in-screen Touch ID.
While I was initially excited about the feature, I quickly started thinking about how much less secure it is. Now, I don't use the feature at all.
New rumors of Apple ditching the notch altogether could be good news for Touch ID fans and bad news for Face ID lovers.
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