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Thieves won't be able to sever your finger to unlock the iPhone 5S

By David Tom · 21 replies
Sep 17, 2013
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  1. Although it’s probably not something that concerns most of us, some individuals are worried that there’s an inherent flaw in the upcoming iPhone 5S’s fingerprint authentication system: a thief could potentially sever your finger and use the appendage to unlock...

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  2. Let's hope all the iPhone jackers who are already sharpening their pruning shears are regular TechSpot readers.
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Just stick the phone under their finger while they sleep, and tada!
  4. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    Remember when Mythbusters did fingerprint scanning door locks?

    All they had to do was heat the finger, or take a thin plasticy mould of the finger before placing it over the thief's finger, and BAM.
  5. When I get my new iPhone 5S, I'm using my middle finger as my logon digit. That way, if they sever my finger at least they'll know what I thin of them whenever they try to fire up the old iPhone.
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  6. Cut the finger off, transplant to the thief's hand (cut off his finger first, too), then use it to unlock the iPhone and steal the new Angry Birds app's high scores. Or, even better, transplant the thief's brain into the victim's body to access all his assets.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Oh bananas, the thief now has access to your instagram.
    National security is now at risk.
    xplayer likes this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,354   +2,850

    In another news, Tim Cook loses his finger in a bizarre accident...
    H3llion likes this.
  9. So we wont see Zombies with Iphone 5S ;-)
  10. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    But it will not stop the dumb thieves from trying and the really dumb ones will use there own server finger!
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,354   +2,850

    Don't kid yourself, we are all dumb... ;)
  12. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 742   +273

    I completely agree with this statement. It could be read as a joke but how many thieves who steal tablets and devices even know all that much about the devices they are stealing.

    This is a ******* terrible idea for nothing more than to save a replaceable piece of electronic equipment.
    Im guessing anybody who has the phone can still dial 911 in an emergency. But what about lending somebody your phone for a day. How do they use it? Will the phone be unlockable for more than 1 fingerprint..? That would make it 'somewhat' less painful to swallow.

    I already have GPS tracking technology on my phone for thieves. God forbid some ***** steals the phone and then wants my fingers too. The thief not even knowing that they won't work unattached.
    This technology is just creepy. I hope it fails like Windows 8 has.

    Just my two cents. Will this even deter crime? A thief steals the phone 'not knowing' it has fingerprint security and doesn't find out until he is long gone. Then he just throws phone in the garbage or crushes it with a hammer.

    The only people who could benefit from this type of technology are people carrying classified government secrets around on their cellphones. And that might even be stupid also.

    My grade for this technology. Fail(just like Windows 8 ;) ).
  13. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    My gun will be persuading thieves to -not- unlock my phone.
  14. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Well Duhhh. Go stick your finger in ice water for a few seconds. Dry it off and try to use your phone's touch screen.

    You cant.

    Its the same concept. A severed finger would have to be kept on Ice to keep it from decaying.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,685   +3,840

    A gun would work just as well to obtain a password........don't cha think?
  16. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 596   +76

    If ppl really believe this is going to happen they need their heads cutting off and binning cause there is obviously nothing of any use contained in there!
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    My question is "How do you point the finger at the thieves after reporting the crime to the cops if you don't have one?" The thieves probably don't know which finger you use to unlock the phone so they may as well sever all eight and your two thumbs.
  18. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    How can you say it fail if you have not try it yet? same for windows 8

    and for the thieves, you cant lie for your password if your using a finger for unlock.
  19. ...I want to know how they tested this. :)
  20. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    I am guessing it does not have to be alive, It just needs a "pulse" and the correct temp.
  21. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its a novelty selling point. Thats all. Remember the American consumer is LAZY!! So much so that the moment this tech becomes a nuisanse, they will abandon it and move on. Its to give the "illusion" of safety. Thats all. Im sure all the enterprising hackers will have this cracked within two weeks. So all of this is just BS drama for drama sake guys. We wont know the effects until time has reached the point when it is introduced. So try and relax a little. Odds are it wont make it to the Iphone 6.
  22. Just cut off both arms...you cant go wrong, unless he is using toe-prints.... :)

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