And despite the serious implications that Apple-led biometrics have for the security industry, what users have really been enjoying is the sensors open-ness to accepting ‘fingerprints’ of various kinds.
The latest Touch ID hack suggests that the 5s can even be taught to recognise nipples. The video (below) comes from Japanese news sites Rocket News and shows a man registering the impression of his nipple with the handset and successfully unlocking the device with it. A second individual fails to unlock the device with his unregistered nipple.
Although these would certainly be unusual ways to secure your new iPhone, they don’t represent a breach of security as in each case the smartphone is seen rejecting the same body parts from other people.
Apple has yet to issue any response to the news and it’s uncertain how seriously they will take this apparent security breach. Although fingerprint authorization can be duped by collecting copies of an individual's prints, Touch ID will still offer a legitimate deterrent to thieves. This remains true whether users choose to secure their smartphone with their fingerprint or their nipple.
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