Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Real Problem with the iPhone Fingerprint Sensor

It gets shmutzy and won't read your fingerprint until you clean it. This might involve pressing it hard enough to activate Siri. This is not a bad problem to have, "boo hoo I have a smart phone my life sucks."

When it came out, there were far too many breathless articles about how someone could make a rubber copy of your fingerprint and then hack your phone. This was stupid, and everyone knew it was stupid, but people wrote about it anyways. (And apparently a lot of people don't even have passwords at all on their phones, so....) In order to do this, you'd need to steal their phone and make a rubber copy of their fingerprint. How many times has this happened? Zero. Why? Because the internets would blow up if it did, and that hasn't happened.

(Photo credit Apple Inc.)