Tanner Marsh posted a video on his YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice comparing the iPhone 5s Touch ID to Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor by configuring and testing the features on both from scratch. Apple introduced Touch ID with iPhone 5S in September 2013 whereas Samsung is to release the Galaxy S5 on April 11 as announced.
The German hacker who successfully bypassed iPhone 5s Touch ID has revealed the video showing how exactly the ‘hack’ was performed.
The well-known german hacker — who is nicknamed StarBug — told in an interview by ArsTechnica that it required 30 hours to hack the Touch ID using a high resolution laser printer, a scanner and a printed circuit board and it was “way easier than expected to bypass”.
So should you worry about your privacy?
First, the hack performed by StarBug is quite complicated which requires a very good expertise and special equipments that not all people might know how to use them. Unlike PIN unlocking system – which your friend might spot you unlocking your iPhone with your PIN — this hack require people to take your phone away for sometime.
Second, if you lost your iPhone, it depends upon how important documents you have in it. If you are a very important person who always carry important informations on your iPhone, the hack might worth it. Otherwise, not.
Apple today announced that it is extending the retail Personal Pickup service for its new iPhone models, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Considering the increasing demand for the the new iPhones, which can be determined by their record breaking sales this weekend, this was a necessary step taken by Apple for making the buying of iPhone 5s, 5c online, simpler.
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