Today is the day. The iPhone 5s has made its debut and its additional features supposedly make it the “best one yet.” The iPhone 5s contains a better camera and faster performance than the previous. But, the addition of the fingerprint identification is what everyone is looking forward to.
The fingerprint identification feature allows users to use their fingerprint to unlock the iPhone. This is a huge upgrade from the typical passcode feature within the older versions of the iPhone. It creates less of a chance for the user’s iPhone to be stolen. But, is this feature really secure for your fingerprint?
CNN and Apple reassures us that a fingerprint “will be encrypted and stored securely inside the phone’s new A7 processor chip instead of on Apple’s servers or backed up to iCloud, the company’s Web-based storage service.”
In other words, it will not go into a database.
However, there are still doubts. The fingerprint scanner is conducted by biometric scanning which, according to the dictionary, is “the process by which a person’s unique physical and other traits are detected and recorded by an electronic device or system as a means of confirming identity.”
There have been reports of malfunctions with biometric scanning. According to ZDNet, Motorola dropped its “Atrix” when there were numerous problems with biometric scanning. Laptops have also had “security holes” when adding the biometric scanning to their products; some including Dell and Samsung.
This identification feature is a definite upgrade to this legendary mobile device. But, is it worth the possibility of putting your true identification out there?
That’s up to you do decide.