New security feature in iOS 11 disables Touch ID and blocks the cops from getting into your iPhone

New security feature in iOS 11 disables Touch ID and blocks the cops from getting into your iPhone
It appears that with iOS 11, Apple is making it easy to disable Touch ID. This would allow a user worried about being forced to unlock his phone with a warrant or a court order, to prevent Touch ID from unlocking his/her handset. This happens to be a by product of Apple's new feature that allows iOS users to quickly call 911 in case of an emergency. Pushing the power button five times in a row on iOS 11 will bring up the option to make a call to 911. More importantly for some, it also disables Touch ID, locking out the cops until the correct passcode is entered.

This is liable to set off a Twitter rage from President Trump, who blasted Apple last year for not allowing law enforcement to unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to a terrorist who murdered fellow employees during a company party in San Bernardino, California. By all accounts, however, it was a terror attack and the FBI eventually unlocked the terrorist's iPhone 5c without any help from Apple. You might recall that Tim Cook was concerned that to meet the Government's request, Apple would have to produce a new version of iOS that he feared would end up in the wrong hands threatening the security of all iPhone users.

As it turned out, the government was able to unlock the terrorist's phone without Apple's help. However, it contained no information that was usable for the investigation. And now, more than a year later, Apple is looking to prevent law enforcement from opening your iPhone without your permission thanks to this so-called "cop button."

source: TheVerge

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58 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3062; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How is this better for national security?

3. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin And also... cops aren't really GOOD at the whole "security" thing. They're a reactionary institution by their very nature, meaning they often react too late to stop anything. Case in point: Last weekend.

4. Furbal unregistered

Agreed.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is BS in the sense. If anyone believes that the FBI or government cannot already get into your smartphones, including the iPhone's is an idiot to think they can't. Apple doesn't want people to know that the proper authorities can already get on to your devices.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Apple doesn't want people to know that the proper authorities can already get on to your devices." I'm convinced you have evidence to back your claim, seeing as how you've made said claim without presenting a shred of actual information to back it.

25. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple complies with warrants when they feel like it. So in essence they can.

44. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

https://youtu.be/IXglwbyMydM Put the iPhone 7 or 7 plus in DFU mode, then install a version of iOS (even 11 beta), and you can use that hack to get into anyone's iPhone 7/7 plus. This hack is for the public. So I guess you can image what hacks the proper authorities already have. Anyone that actually believes that an iPhone cannot be hacked, is an idiot.

55. mikehunta727 unregistered

I dont think anyone with half a brain seriously thinks iPhones are hackproof and all that. Nothing is, but they are and remain the most secure mass market devices on the market by a good mile on the mobile side This is easy to admit

17. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

If the FBI or US government could easily access an iPhone that is locked then they wouldn't have had to contract a third party to do it for them in the San Bernardino shooting.

56. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think about it. Apple and the government agencies want people to think that iPhones cannot be easily hacked. If it got out that it could, then it would ruin Apples reputation, and people would loose trust in Apple. Check out the link above, and then you get back to me.

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you use you led tinfoil hat, dude? You might be determined to write bulls**t on the internet as we speak.

6. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Thank you. And the right calls libs pansies

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can react to something you didn't know was gonna happen. Lol. Cops cant prevent crimes because you dont know where and when they will happen! Just like firemen cant be on a seen of a fire that didn't happen yet.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Cops cant prevent crimes because you dont know where and when they will happen!" Naturally, and that's why relying on them as a means of security is flawed.

50. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I guess all the agencies that have proactively shut down planned terrorist activities should be ashamed of themselves in king kikos world for doing it backwards.

16. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

So you'd prefer the government, be it local, state, or federal be able to access your private information at ease?

20. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sure. No big deal. I'm not a criminal.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Cool but others feel differently.

34. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Like pimps, drug dealers, and terrorists?

47. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

National security? Is that even a thing anymore with how easy it is to enter this continent illegally?!

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Good on apple. We still have a right to privacy.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope the rest follow This is one of the reasons I use Nova instead of Pixel Launcher

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Vince do you honestly believe that the government cannot get onto your smartphones already? If you think that, then you live in a different world compared to everyone else.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope the government definitely can But it allows me to stop random officers from getting too nosy without a decent reason

21. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Who the heck gets randomly stopped by police. Wtf are you people up to?

48. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You don't experience random police check stops where you live? Must be nice.

51. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hell no

57. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

In EU countries there's no such thing as "random" check. Police has no right unless there's a reason and that reason is validated by a judge.

18. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

sgodsell, you're right man. They're listening to us right now, they can hear each individual key sound off as I type out this message. The government isn't omnipotent, electronic information isn't as easily accessible as you believe it to be, otherwise we'd all be running around hacking/cracking into s**t left and right and the internet wouldn't be what it is today.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Dude, you are sick, and you desperately need mental health treatment.

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