In his review of the iPhone 5s, MG Siegler hits the nail on the head about the ridiculousness of the Touch ID pseudo hacking:

In the least surprising news of the year, hackers have already been attacking the security of the feature and have found some ways to get around it. Newsflash: the only way to have a truly, 100 percent secure smartphone is to not have one at all. Touch ID still seems like a significant security upgrade over the most-used alternative: nothing.

You can read Siegler’s full “non review review” of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s here.

  • Nir

    The longest article ever written!

    • lol

    • Not so much an article. Rather a reading recommendation. See how I tagged the post with “Quick Links”? I do that from time to time for interesting pieces that don’t necessarily require a post, but deserve to be shared with iDB readers nonetheless.

      • Manuel Molina

        Lol. Good reply. Love the site by the way.

      • Cameron Chao

        Maybe one of you guys could write an article on the recent discovery that the iPhone has the fastest touch screen response time among its competitors?

  • David Gitman

    Just watch after your device ..
    Don’t forget it on the beach ,parties etc.. I never lost my phone and I am not going to.

    • Manuel Molina

      Never say never. Not trying to jinx you, but shit happens, bro.

      • David Gitman

        yeah my friend lost his phone on the beach..
        but hey my iphone is always in my pocket and I am using it alot..
        people just need to watch after thier stuff

      • brooks whiffen seale

        Im the same, but I forgot my phone ( was able to recover it) somewhere when I decided to wear shorts without pockets.

      • David Gitman

        I am glad you found it!


    If this was written by Christian Zibreg he would have thrown in Samsung in somehow

    • Dani Hayes

      I read his “articles” to laugh. He is, by far, the worst writer for iDB.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I would go far and say he’s on the level of Jonathan Geller of BGR and Chris Chase of Yahoo lol

  • mav3rick

    If it was on some other phones, bypassing fingertip protection was to be a serious security flaw. But on the pome, this hack is just ridiculous.
    Fact is that TouchID can be bypassed.

    • Mustang5Oh

      Intelligent reply. Microsoft systems are hacked daily yet businesses and governments everywhere use Windows. Get off your high horse.

    • Everything can be hacked or bypassed or broken into. Now, if it’s going to take $7,000 worth of equipment and 20 hours to get into Touch ID, it’s not much of a feat. I could probably figure out your 4 digit pin code in less time than that. I could definitely get in your locked up house in less time than that too, even though you probably consider it safe when you lock the door.

      The reality is Touch ID is safer than a pin and safer than virtually any other smartphone out there for the time being.


        well it doesnt take more than $5 so your argument is invalid

      • mav3rick

        Also the reality is that hacks cannot be “ridiculous” as they are affecting the security of the product.

  • AF

    anyone notice a problem with the sound of the iphone after upgrading to ios7 ?

    • bloodshed

      sure i i5 sound is way lower than usual (on iOS6)

      • AF

        Will, i have a bit strange problem, my iphone 5 sound sometimes disapper!! and i have to restart the iphone to go back to tge default!!