Apple Stores to demo Touch ID using a dedicated app

By , Sep 16, 2013

Touch ID success

When the iPhone 5s launches this Friday, Apple’s retail employees will be showing off the new Touch ID fingerprint reading functionality to prospective customers using a dedicated app designed especially for this purpose, a new report Monday claimed. The feature, stemming from last year’s acquisition of Israeli biometric experts AuthenTenc, uses the fingerprint sensor embedded into the iconic Home button to unlock the handset with a touch of your finger and approved purchases on Apple’s content stores…

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5Mac:

We’ve learned that Apple has designed a demo application specific to the iPhone 5s demo units that will be found in Apple Stores and Carrier stores. To test Touch ID, a customer can launch the demo app. In this app, a customer can setup the device to recognize a single fingerprint.

When the setup process is complete, the application will direct the user to place that fingerprint on the Touch ID sensor on the Home button. The application will then show that the Home button successfully read the fingerprint. Then, the app will tell the user to place a different finger on the Home button. The app will then show a red fingerprint outline to note that the authentication was not successful.

Users won’t be able to use true Touch ID functionality to unlock the handset and make purchases on the App Store. Furthermore, the app “will be reset for each new customer” to be able to try out the Touch ID setup process Store employees will also tell customers that Touch ID supports up to five prints.

Other aspects of the iPhone 5s Apple Store employees will focus on include improved camera features and 64-bit computing via the new A7 processor.

I was wondering how Apple might go about providing in-store Touch ID demos given the feature is dependent on the unique fingerprint characteristics of each user. Touch ID is arguably the headline iPhone 5s feature so Apple would be foolish not to promote it heavily in Apple Stores.

This app will get the job done whilst ensuring privacy-conscious customers that demo units won’t store their fingerprint.

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  • Dontwannaknow

    Waiting for i5s to arrive in Japan.

  • Adrian C

    Is this a special build of iOS? Because if it isn’t what happened to that whole ‘Touch ID is isolated from all others apps’ statement? If Apple are able to access Touch ID from an app, so too can other apps.. theoretically. It isn’t as isolated as they made it sound then?

    • Patrick

      i dont know if you seen the keynote but yes the 5s get a special build of IOS 7 which runs 64bits instead of 32

    • Kiyashi Shizoku

      Apple has special root permissions in iOS. Third party apps run with different permissions, not allowing access to the system.

      • Adrian C

        Yah I’m aware they have special root permissions :) But I was under the impression that nothing has access to it lol. Sounds stupid of me now aha. But my argument being: if Apple has access to it, so do other apps …potentially, for example in the case of a jailbroken iPhone 5S (whenever that comes to fruition) cydia store apps/tweaks could gain access to it, therefore jeopardising the security?

      • Sean Cua

        Possibly. Since jailbreak allows root access, once a jailbreak for the 5s is made, the permissions of a Cydia app can probably be made to use it.

    • CC-Dog

      Touch ID simply returns yes or no.
      No fingerprint information is exposed to this app.

  • siddique

    may i login in facebook/twitter with my touch id???

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      nope.. maybe in the (near) future

      • siddique

        So now i guess thr is no nid to upgrade to 5s now…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        there kinda is, i will friday… the fingerprint sensor is awesome for unlocking your phone or not having to type your password when you want to download an app, and its SUPER fast! and the camera is a bit better and has some really cool new features!

    • Qasim Bashir

      they are definitely gonna update the apps now

      • siddique

        InshaAllah..;)

  • Mirwan Ashran

    can i install this app on my personal iphone 5s? i’d like to demo (read: show-off =p) the touch id feature to my friends and colleagues, but i don’t want to save their fingerprints permanently in my phone.