It has a fingerprint sensor. Touch ID.
So, Apple's introducing TouchID, which uses your fingerprint. There it is, fingerprint sensor is confirmed!
Reads fingerprint at very detailed level...500 pi, scans sub-epidermal skin layers.
It's called the Touch ID sensor. It's capacitive, 170 microns thin. 500ppi resolution, which is quite impressive. It can scan in 360 degrees, so you don't have to have the orientation right, and it can learn multiple fingers.
360 degree readability. Will it work for partially burned-off fingerprints?
It is, yes, built right into the home button. It's still a physical button, that you need to push down, but there's a metal ring that senses your finger.
And there's a sapphire-cut lens, just like the camera, to protect it.
It's in the home button, with sapphire crystal top, a "stainless steel detection ring" and a tactile switch under the fingerprint sensor. Touch-to-unlock. No more swipe.
You just touch the Home button and it unlocks the phone. "It's a joy to do," says Phil. Certainly an improvement over passcodes!
Can be used for iTunes purchases.
Even better, you don't need to enter your password when buying things anymore! Just use your thumbprint. That's definitely huge.
Pretty damn cool. I want all apps to use it for easy app purchases.
Everyone, protect your hands and fingers.
Jony Ive is back on video again. "Every single technology. Every process, has been measured to make sure that ... it actually enhances a user's experience."
"Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike."
We are one step closer to Minority Report.
We're seeing demos of unlocking and purchases. It looks to take just a moment to read your finger, but supposedly learns your print and gets better.
Your eyes are safe, for now.
Again, sapphire crystal button, steel ring, and the sensor below.
Apple selling the 5S as the most secure phone? That's a big marketing advantage.
It's called a "Very high level of security." And there's a secure area as portion of the A7, "accessible only by the Touch ID." It's never stored online or backed up to the iCloud.
The fingerprint info is stored inside the A7, deep in some chip sub-section. Not stored anywhere on Apple's servers.
"Making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, and its most empowering, when it simply disappears."