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iPhone 5S’s fingerprint scanner won’t work with severed fingers

Following Apple’s iPhone launch last week, specifically the iPhone 5S and it’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, many rather depressingly speculated on the likelihood of criminals taking the dramatic step of actually severing phone owners’ fingers to get them access to the device.

However, according to Mashable, this will not be an issue, as the Touch ID’s scanner will only work with a ‘live finger’.

Sebastien Taveau, CTO of Validity Sensors, told the website;


“The [RF capacitive sensor] technology is built in a way that the [fingerprint] image has to be taken from a live finger. 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.”

Taveau commented on the Touch ID technology, admitting that isn’t something new.


“Apple used a technology that’s been around for a long time, but the big difference is that they made it cool. It’s been around on laptops, but besides locking and unlocking your laptop there was not much of a use case for it. Now with Apple, by actually building an experience, they are educating the market, which is very important.”

The iPhone 5S will be released this Friday.


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