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Mathew
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9/19/2013 | 3:20:29 PM
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Latest info: 5 people can store scans of up to 5 fingertips (each)
Mathew
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9/19/2013 | 3:19:58 PM
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Cara, I think that would require a wholesale rewrite of related fingerprint collection and tracking software. In short, I don't think it would be easily compatible with existing approaches.
Mathew
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9/19/2013 | 3:19:05 PM
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As convenience features go, I think this will be quite useful. Also, even if hackers do find a way to breach this, they'd still need physical access to the device. Your typical "apple picking" mugger probably isn't going to be well-versed in the latest iPhone 5s biometric fingerprint evasion tactics.
Thomas Claburn
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9/12/2013 | 8:56:52 PM
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I'm going to wait and see whether the hacking community can do anything with fingerprint scanner before I consider an iPhone 5s. My sense is that the fingerprint scanner is more of a convenience feature than a security feature.
Cara Latham
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9/12/2013 | 5:53:53 PM
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While the fingertip is different from an actual fingerprint, what is to prevent law enforcement from simply switching to collect fingerprint data and using that method as part of its investigations?
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9/12/2013 | 4:03:52 AM
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So now the NSA will not only have your phone calls, texts and emails but you will willingly give up your fingerprints! Rock on, idjits.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/11/2013 | 8:40:22 PM
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So either would work. Makes sense. Thanks Mathew!
Mathew
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9/11/2013 | 8:33:13 PM
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Shane, you should be able to store a profile for both on an iPhone 5S.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/11/2013 | 8:21:16 PM
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I switch off a lot between using my thumb and index finger. I guess people will have to pick one.
Cara Latham
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9/11/2013 | 7:54:35 PM
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I agree. For those who are looking to upgrade after a longtime with one model, this one seems to be a good option. But this offers nothing to someone who has the current model.
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