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meh. gimmicky with the possibility of bugs. so they've made it easier to purchase stuff from them--definitely added as a feature for the user...apple up to its same old tricks--don't forget to buy the seven different finger-print enabled adaptors.
How is having a fingerprint button in lieu of typing your password any different than having auto-login on your phone?
Does each of your "trusted users" have their own permissions and profile settings? If so, it just got a little better...a little.
Here's a related story: my brother had a finger-print entry toshiba a while back (laptop)-- he barely burnt is fore finger which altered his finger print and then he couldn't get in. He had to take it in and pay money to have it reset. backfire.
Well, first off-- the blurb made it sound as if it was a convenience factor more than a security factor, so that's how I responded. I can see the security aspect -- but you're talking about a series of ifs there-- if you lose your phone, and if someone gets past your phone lock, and if they wanted to steal stuff off of iTunes they feasibly could.
I see the potential in it-- if it were to replace all online stored passwords with finger prints--then my bank accounts, etc. would be secure-- something I would worry about much more than my iTunes account. However, as currently advertised in that blurb it just sounded like something more gimmicky than actually useful. I will read up on it more.
It would be cool if it was set-up so that you had multiple profiles and permissions-- so for your own fingerprint, when you logon it activates your auto-logins, and you can see private photos, etc. Then another level where you can set up friends prints-- which may have slightly more limited access, and then a generic--where anyone's fingerprint works, but it only gives you access to a screen where you can dial or text an emergency number that you set-up as your point of contact for when/if your phone gets lost.
To the other points:
-yes, I was just using the Toshiba as a side note-- I now the technology has come a long way, that was a decade ago.
to Lawrence: although my adaptor comment was exaggerated and snide, its rooted in truth.
Yes I just thought the story of my brothers PC was a funny and related side-story, I don't think that would be the case with the iphone.
In response to the quote above--there is a lot of technology like this that is out there. I used to work for Microsoft and they have this technology dream house-- its in a building in Redmond, and it literally looks like the entrance to someone's house/neighborhood. Inside are all of the innovative ideas an projects that interns and other developers have made/are making.
I was able to go in and test out the stuff and there is some awesome technology. They have fingerprint door knobs, and you can also set up your door knob to have a passcode-- you can make the passcode a one-time use thing in case its an appliance repairman, or just use fingerprints for your family members. They also had phones with fingerprint and other technology, where the house was set-up to your liking. For instance, if I walked into my home, the music, pictures on the wall, etc. would all change to my settings and then return to default when I walked out of the room--and then for other family members the same thing. There was even a "siri" that was basically just a voice in the house you could speak to-- for instance "where is mom?" and she would state where your mom was or what was on her calendar. There were a million awesome ideas in that house and this was 5 years ago. I know its a little unrelated, but you reminded me of that when mentioning the custom backgrounds, apps and music for different users.
When I asked why they didn't just come out with all of this technology, their response was that implementing it into this house was to get new interns/developers to think outside of the box--to see what is possible-- not everything that is possible is useful or practical. I'm not saying that the iphone finger scanner is not practical, I'm just stating what I was told about why certain things are rolled out and others never see the shelves.
an article on the above mentioned house in case anyone is interested:
and sorry for the thread hijack-- back to apple...
and since it's interesting, a more up to date article (don't hate there's a separate Iphone5s thread):
I'm sure apple has a similar thing, just unaware of it or any articles on it.