One of the more curious features to be unveiled with the announcement of Apple’s newest handset, the iPhone 5s, was the addition of a biometric fingerprint scanner. This scanner allows the user to not only unlock your iPhone 5s, but also authorise purchases on iTunes, and downloads on the App Store. The latter feature is particularly useful I’ve found. We’ve put together a video walkthrough and demo of the new Touch ID feature, and it can be found below:
From my basic testing with the Touch ID feature, it seems that this could be both a hindrance and a help. The overall functionality is definitely there, it’s a speedy process and as long as the set up is done correctly it should be accurate, however there are just times when a passcode is almost faster. I really see this coming into use to authorise things, more than bypass the passcode lock.