Details On Apple’s New Touch ID Sensor

Apple’s fresh offering in the iPhone line-up, the top-end iPhone 5S, hasn’t exactly been a huge step forth from iPhone 5. However, Apple has added the rather expected ‘Touch ID’ sensor in the handset, which offers device security based on your fingerprint.

Touch ID sensor

The ‘Touch ID‘ sensor which seems to have caught the attention of potential iPhone buyers, is being touted by the company as highly accurate and effective. According to Apple, it can read 360 degrees, even beyond the uppermost layers of the finger.

The best thing about this sensor is its placement. It is essentially a part of the Home button. So when you try to unlock your handset, you press the Home button and if the handset recognizes your fingerprint, it grants you access. In the past, it has been speculated that Apple may use laser cut sapphire crystal cover and now, it has turned out to be true.

With this equipment, the sensor is able to take a very vivid and detailed image of your fingerprint. Interestingly, while many called this a dangerous feature in that Apple may eventually hand over this biometric data to NSA, the company has gone out of its way to declare that the data of these fingerprints is ‘never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.’

It isn’t clear as of yet whether or not a single iPhone 5S handset will allow support for multiple fingerprint patterns allowed as security. But seeing as it is, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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