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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:39

iPhone 5s won't work with severed fingers

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Good news, iPhone 5s fans, your fingers are safe. It's been revealed that severed fingers won't work with the new iPhone's fingerprint reader, according to a biometrics expert.

One of the more intriguing features announced with the iPhone 5s is its fingerprint scanner, raising questions around security and how it would actually be used.

The fingerprint scanner uses biometrics - taking your fingerprint (which is unique to you, obviously) and using it as a foolproof password. Or is it?

Will burglars be wanting more than just an iPhone, and go after your extremeties as well?

Apparently not.

According to Mashable, the iPhone 5S's fingerprint sensor detects the sub-epidermal layers of your skin, meaning it won't work unless the finger used is also attached to a living human being.

"The [RF capacitive sensor] technology is built in a way that the [fingerprint] image has to be taken from a live finger," Sebastien Taveau, an expert on fingerprint technology told Mashable.

“No one in biometrics wants to talk about cut fingers and dead bodies, but at the end of the day we are still asked to remove the fears of consumer and make sure that they understand that [a severed finger] will not work.”

Meanwhile other sources have thrown doubt on the claim, saying that any such assertions are mere speculation until the phone has been released and experts can properly assess what technolgy lies beneath the hood.


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