Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dog Finger (Paw) Prints can unlock the iPhone

As you can see in the video, the new Apple fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s isn’t restricted to human users. After commandeering a dog, I tried a colleague’s suggestion that you can also register the identifying skin segments of your favorite furry friends for the Touch ID, too.

The dog's paw worked, even though it encountered more frequent failures than did fingerprints, it was able to unlock the phone again frequently when placed correctly on the sensor. Although similar to dog paw pads are cat claw pads that can also open the device because cats basically have unique "fingerprints" like people. Keep in mind that this does not make the Touch ID sensor less secure.

For the curious, the 5s fingerprint sensor is also tested on the heel of the human palm, as well as on the inside of the forearm up around the wrist could be registered and successfully unlock with both skin regions. Again, it was trickier to get the unlock work continuously, and trying to fool the sensors by using the same part of the body on the opposing limb never worked.

 But it is a broadening of the definition of what is considered a "fingerprint" by the iPhone 5s scanner’s standards, so if you think your dog needs access to your accounts, feel free to register your dog front right paw as one of your five stored Touch ID profiles.

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