Fingerprint sensor off limits to developers says Apple's Schiller
Motorola ATRIX 4G, which turned out to be a huge failure, users don't need to swipe their fingers along a pad on the iPhone 5S. Instead, they merely touch the home button just like they've done for years.
And while Apple might decide in the future to open up the technology to developers, right now it is off limits to them. Apple CEO Tim Cook was talking about other uses for the fingerprint sensor when he said, "You can probably imagine a lot of [other] uses." Whether we can or can't doesn't matter since for right now, the Touch ID sensor code is closed to the public.
1. stealthd (Posts: 818; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I hope they implement some sort of secure API eventually. This kind of makes sense for security, they don't want apps saving and uploading your fingerprints, but there must be some secure way of doing it.
18. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
you may change your pass word if you feel hacked, or for precaution.. But you can not chage your fingerprint.
Banking with fingerprint should be forbidden. And I think it will not happen. It will not be possible now, though.
Only unlock and iTunes.
I woudn't give my fingerprint even to Apple.
27. Daftama (Posts: 540; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
One more way for the government to have everyone one on file finger print everyone possible everyone else will jump on this bandwagon
29. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 720; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
i'm sure the NSA clapped to this!
35. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 254; Member since: 07 May 2012)
they say this now until it gets hacked and fingerprints are leaked online and them they say "You're not using it properly".
3. Commentator (Posts: 2080; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Well this is a letdown! This thing could have so much potential if developers were allowed to have their way with it.
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 8878; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lotta potential for ID theft too. Locking it down is smart for now.
15. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Phil Schiller is head of marketing.. I don\'t expect him to know sh*t.
30. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
He knows where his arse is ... that's why not long ago he said .. innovation my arse ...
11. Shatter (Posts: 1745; Member since: 29 May 2013)
If they really want your ID they will take your phone and your finger(s).
14. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I agree, it could have had much more use. Hopefully they\'ll update it to developers next year. In terms of security, developers don\'t have to have direct access to the fingerprints. If an app requires a fingerprint passcode, Apple software can just send some kind of signal that says \"fingerprint correct\" without the app ever seeing the actual fingerprint.
23. marioellobo (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
that\'s the purpose of it you can\'t control nobody else but you respect bro.
8. DoctorWho (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Aug 2008)
I understand the awesome things that apps can do with this sort of authentication (if Apple would allow it); but this is a very, very, very good thing for consumers. I don't want some third rate app who is trying to spam me to have a pristine imprint of my fingerprint. kthxbai
9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2957; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Ah...can someone please come up with a toe scanner please!
I\'m getting tired of this one.
17. hellonerds (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
so you're just putting your fingerprints on the home button and thats your password that someone can just put some of that detective powder thing to make a copy of your prints and 3D print it or something then they have your key to unlock your phone.. pretty sure your prints will go to FBI database without your knowing lol..
19. fanboy1974 (Posts: 942; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Would be nice if you could lock down individual apps with your finger print. If you unlock and give your phone to some one to use you still want to keep some things personal.
22. marioellobo (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
that\'s good for the NSA and then apple freedom man freedom.
26. Taters (Posts: 2088; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Unbelievable! They raised the price in Canada from $699 to $719. I knew they were the greediest company ever but that is a whole new low. Especially since they got a free 1 billion from Samsung.
32. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It is the opinion of Phonearena moderators that my comment earlier was "trolling." It was passionate, it was angry, but it wasn't trolling.
However, I'll be a little nicer this time.
Alan, you have no objective source that the fingerprint scanner on the Atrix sucked. Just like any piece of tech, it wasn't perfect, and the Atrix certainly wasn't perfect overall.
However, myself and at least two other commenters here agree that the fingerprint scanner actually worked, thus nullifying your use of anecdotal evidence.
Therefore, it is in your best interests to modify the article in order to reflect more objective fact.
36. buccob (Posts: 964; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
The fingerprint scanner on the Atrix not only work.... it was one of the most reliable hardware components on the phone itself...
I had problems with the digitizer, bluetooth, battery, overheating.... etc but the Fingerprint scanner is still able to unlock my old phone at the first try...
34. bubbadoes (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Biometrics on a $650 phone will never work. The least bit of missing data from your stored meta file will always lead to failed logins. And if apple has your stored prints guess who will also have it and your GPS location also
37. buccob (Posts: 964; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
There is always a secondary access method to this type of security on phones...
38. alouden (Posts: 162; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I don't usually agree with Apple about anything. But I think they are 100% right this time. I would NOT want anyone, not even Apple, having my fingerprints.