Apple adds another rule forcing iPhone and iPad users to employ a passcode to unlock their device

Apple adds another rule forcing iPhone and iPad users to employ a passcode to unlock their device
Under certain circumstances, an Apple iPhone or iPad user who has TouchID enabled must unlock his device using a passcode. One rule forcing the use of a passcode comes into play if an iDevice is rebooted or hasn't been unlocked in 48 hours. Additionally, if a new user has his or her finger added to TouchID, or a lock command is issued from Find My iPhone, or after five straight unsuccessful TouchID log-in attempts, a passcode must be used to unlock the iOS device.

Now, Apple has added a new rule that similarly requires the use of the passcode keyboard to unlock an iDevice. If you haven't used a passcode to unlock your iPhone or iPad in six or more days, and at the same time TouchID hasn't been employed in eight hours, you will need to tap in your passcode to unlock your phone or tablet.

The new rule could have an impact on law enforcement. This year there have been a spate of cases involving locked iPhone units that the FBI or local police needed to have unlocked while searching for evidence. In the case of the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, Apple ignored a court order forcing them to unlock the device, saying that it could not open the handset without developing a special version of iOS dubbed Govt.OS. Eventually, the government was forced to pay a third party to unlock the device.

source: Macworld via AppleInsider



2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Curious, that's the way it is on my 6p. If I don't unlock it with the FPS within 4-6 hours, I'm prompted to use my pattern unlock. It also asks me to use pattern unlock after I use the FPS after I leave my home area I have designated in smart unlock. It also asks for pattern unlock upon reboot as well even if I try to use FPS to unlock it. So a welcome change for iOS users adding more security prompts if they don't want LEOs to compel them to use their fingerprint to unlock their device.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

"If I don't unlock it with the FPS within 4-6 hours, I'm prompted to use pattern to unlock" -- That would be very annoying. Even this new 8hour thing per article above would be annoying - I hope there's an option to turn it off. I'm happy with the: restart, 48hour, or certain failed attempts - that's it.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Not really, once you do it, you don't have to do it again for that same period. Before FPSs, you had to put in the pattern unlock or pin every time. I can't really complain about having to do it every 6 hours. And if you unlock it at some point during that period, you don't have to use pattern unlock or pin. It's not like you're inputting a 20 character alphanumeric password or anything. Plus I have my home set as a smart unlock location, so as long as I'm at home, I doesnt come into play. To me that's like people complaining an 11oz phone is too heavy. My first cell phones extended battery was larger and heavier than any smartphone I've owned.

6. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I mean who does not Unlock their phone atleast once in 6-8 hrs? Please enlighten me.

7. AliceMamadou

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

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