Wellington: Apple introduced its hi-tech biometric security inclusive iPhone 5S and the experts were quick to react on the Touch ID feature with some claiming that such a feature could lead to more brutal crimes where criminals could mutilate fingers just to get the fingerprints.
However, security experts have dismissed all the claims and said that in order to unlock the iPhone 5S using the fingerprint scanner, owner of the finger needs to be alive and attached to the finger being used.
Chief technology officer at Validity Sensors, a California based provider of fingerprint sensor solutions, Sebastien Taveau said that the sensor in the phone is built in a way that the fingerprint image has to be taken from a live finger and a severed finger will not work with the feature, stuff.co.nz reports.
The report said that the iPhone’s Touch ID feature uses radio frequency scanning to detect the sub-epidermal layers of the skin and hence, it is indispensable for a user to be alive and attached.
First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 20:49