Touch ID success

Jailbreak developer Elias Limneos—best known for his work on popular tweaks like SBRotator and CallBar—just answered the question a lot of folks have had on their minds since they found out a jailbreak was out for iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s: will there be Touch ID tweaks?

And the answer is yes. Limneos tweeted out a link to a new YouTube video this morning that teases an upcoming tweak for the iPhone 5s. Not much can be gleaned from the short clip, but it looks like it allows you to protect individual apps with Touch ID authentication…

First things first, here’s the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiKS6joFGaw

While it [obviously] looks a little rough around the edges, I think the concept behind this is great. Sure there are plenty of password-protecting tweaks already available, but just as Touch ID made securing your phone more convenient, this will do the same for protecting apps.

But to me, the above clip means much more. It means that developers have another new area to innovate in. In the past we’ve had features like Siri and the Notification Center, and now we have Control Center and Touch ID. And I can’t wait to see what devs come up with here.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on what the tweak will cost or when it will be available. But again, I think the fact that it’s coming is a huge win for jailbreakers. Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5s this fall, and has thus far only scratched the surface of its potential.

Thoughts?

  • Modest

    Finally. I was waiting for this convenient tweak for years now. With Touch ID in 5s’es it is as convenient as it gets.

  • David Gitman

    OMG so cool!
    I think touch id tweaks could be awesome! and add touch id commands to siri
    like :” siri scan my finger ” 😀

    • box office

      Sorry ,I don’t know why you sound Jewish ! … Are you Jewish ?

      • Arthur Geron

        Shut up

      • TechThingy

        David Gitman? Jewish? Nah nah I think he’s Buddhistic Chinese dude..
        Btw how does a Jewish person “sounds”?
        That is some racist crap man

      • David Gitman

        I am jewish but I dont get his point

      • David Gitman

        I am .. so?

    • box office

      hi David , I’m sorry and it’s not that I hate Jewish people …… I know you from some place , and I knew you’re Jewish , so I said maybe it will be a little fun to try to freak you out ….. Sorry , I guess it was a bad move from me

      Reply if you accepted my apology

      • Stefano

        You’re still a doofus assclown, I know David too, but I’m not going to bash him like, oh haha no pun intended. Idiot.

  • omar

    i just got the iphone 5s gold but on the box says sliver and when i check the imei number online its say the samething have anyone have the same problem

    • ConduciveMammal

      I’d get onto Apple directly about that

      • omar

        i just call them and they says its the first time they hear about that so i have to take it back to the store and …i cant wait for that tweak

      • Guest

        what does itunes says?

      • omar

        nothing really working fine

  • Matt

    What is that ripple effect tweak?

    • Navneet Arora

      Aquaboard

      • Matt

        Thanks! Unfortunately it says in Cydia that iOS 7 is not supported and I can’t purchase the tweak. And sinfuliphone doesn’t have it cracked :/

      • rosssimpson

        The ones on cydia don’t actually work on iOS 7 as of yet, so I’m guessing it’s his iOS 7 version 🙂 can’t wait for it to be released though it looks fab

    • Brandon Higgins

      Aqua board

  • sambuzzlight

    i was wondering if the touch id sensor could be used to replicate a press of home button… like the ‘feather touch’ feautre found in some android phones

    • David Gitman

      I think activator will be updated to do this kind of stuff

    • ConduciveMammal

      That would be rather great, especially if the home button breaks

      • sambuzzlight

        exactly… i ate through 2 home buttons on my old iPhone 4 before discovering ‘Zephyr’

      • ConduciveMammal

        Yeah, I went through one button, and the second was causing issues when I got rid of my i4

  • iBanks

    Goodbye LockdownPro!!

    • Alberto Espinal

      Probably the guys behind LockdownPro would make a Tweak just like it!!

      • iBanks

        Very true… Would be nice if they implement it into Lockdown 3.0 🙂

  • TeddyBearStand

    How about if there is a pending notification on the lockscreen Touch ID should allow a swipe to view without a passcode rather than unlock. (Assuming you wake the device with your thumb on the home button)

    • Keir Dicus

      Well did you know that even when you slide to unlock and it reveals the whole “password” system where you either enter your 4 digit code or the lettered pass code, that even when that stuff comes up, you can still scan the finger print and bypass that menu

  • Burge

    Apple will see this and it’ll be in ios 8

    • Dani Hayes

      Highly doubtful.

      • Burge

        What came first jailbreak or ios6-ios7..

      • Dani Hayes

        They do steal ideas from the jailbreak community, but I doubt they would allow app locking. It’s been around since iOS 3 and we still haven’t seen it on stock iOS.

        I figured you were making a joke and liked it. Lol.

      • Daniel Eliasson

        >steal ideas

        bad wording man

      • Burge

        Not bad wording it’s spot on.

      • Dani Hayes

        And how would you word it??

      • Burge

        ;).. Give it time we could just see something like this . Just look at the “restrictions” settings there getting bigger with each ios that apple push out..

    • ConduciveMammal

      I believe they did discuss this already when TouchID was first introduced and said that they wouldn’t allow the API’s for TouchID to be used to by third party developers because it could be used to find a hole in the system to hack TouchID. I could have heard that from somewhere else though.

      • Burge

        Who said third party ? We are talking about apple do this..

      • ConduciveMammal

        Wait, sorry I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about logging into apps.

  • Vivek Raja

    Please give me the finger :’)

  • DarekSlaby

    What tweaks are available for the 5s already? Everything I download that is supposedly supported on iOS 7 doesn’t seem to work on the 5s =/

    • box office

      Movie box works …., I think

      • Rowan09

        It does.

      • Burge

        That’s a app not a tweak .

      • ConduciveMammal

        I wouldn’t class that as a tweak though, more of an app.

    • Keir Dicus

      Well they aren’t lying to you. It probably is updated for iOS 7, it’s just that for iPhone 5s and iPad users who have the A7 chip, we have to wait until mobile substrate Is updated for the 64 ARM

    • Burge

      Any tweak that uses mobile substrate will not work yet. There are some but not many that’s why I restored mine back to stock.
      Give it time it will happen and that’s when I’ll jailbreak

    • Alberto Espinal

      None, the only thing that Works is Movie Box, just have to wait for Mobile Substrate to be updated

    • JayDee917

      F.lux works.. Only one that works for my 5s so far

  • firerock

    Seems legit

  • Julio Cesar

    If the developer see this comment, here I have some sugestions:

    1- Add a password option, because the Touch ID need to renew the fingerprints sometimes (a discrete button will do it).
    You don’t want a sittuation where the TouchID stop to recognizing the finger and you will never be able to launch your apps again… Think about it

    2-The popup could be optional, you can make an padlock shows up in front of the icon when taped (just like installing an app, that black translucent overlay), the icon stays for a predefined amount of time (until the person touch another icon or move the home screen).
    If the person tap twice the icon when the padlock is visible the password keyboard shows up.
    (an aesthetic feature to pop up, it will nudge when access is denied, like in the OS X login)

    3-Add sounds, that’s really important to now what you are doing without need to read something. (when the access is accepted or denied…)

    If you don’t like the padlock in the icon, try a fingerprint overlay in the icon.
    (people could chance the image using Winterboard or something if they don’t like or just want something different.)

    • ConduciveMammal

      Some great suggestions here, I’d recommend you put it on his twitter to make sure he sees it

      • Julio Cesar

        I left a comment on the video. Hope he sees.
        Even not having an iPhone 5s I would be very proud to see that.
        I always imagined something like this.

        I miss my old iPhone 4, it was stolen…
        Now I don’t have any iPhone because of financial problems…
        I’m developer too, really hope to get some Apple devices to test what I develop…

    • deepdvd

      *make added sounds optional

    • JaeM1llz

      I’m guessing the tweak uses the same fingerprint database as iOS, so as long as you don’t use this tweak to protect your settings app, you should be fine.

      • Julio Cesar

        True, but it’s nice to have alternatives sometimes.
        Imagine if a person knows your password and don’t need to use fingerprint, but you want this person to not use certain app, so you can add an alternative password.

      • JaeM1llz

        Definitely!

      • Julio Cesar

        I added more info in my comment, please read again 😀

      • Julio Cesar

        Choose what registered fingerprint have access to what app sounds great too, don’t you think?

  • ConduciveMammal

    I’m hoping the TouchID can be used to it’s fullest potential to replace all passwords on the iPhone. No more Facebook passwords, no more website logins, all passwords are saved and then never seen again.

    • Badr Dria

      there is 1password Pro for that only what is need a simple tweak that add the touch id to this app 😀

  • Matthew Cooper

    There must be a beta of mobile subtrate or how else would this work? I want it!!!!

  • Vasilis

    a great greek developer!

  • diggitydang

    I’m not sure how many people will use this… If Touch ID is used to get into the phone, is it really needed to get into individual apps? I suppose if you leant your phone to someone… And for the amount of times I get the dreadful “Try Again” boogie shake, this would start to annoy me when I try 3 times to get into my phone, then just enter the passcode, then open my email and have to Touch ID again, only to get the “Try Again” a few more times. Perhaps this might allow some users to not lock their phone but use Touch ID to get into apps??? I can’t imagine app switching and having to Touch ID to get back and forth each time though… Anyway, not for me, but maybe someone else sees benefit.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Well it’s good when you lend your phone to somebody else and you don’t want that person to see your personal stuff!!

    • ConduciveMammal

      I allow my nieces to use my phone when they want to, they know my passcode so they can play games etc. I’d definitely use it to restrict my Facebook, Safari, Photos etc.

      • diggitydang

        Good point. It would still be annoying as the primary user to get the “Try Again” so many times though.

      • ConduciveMammal

        Yeah, I imagine it would be one of them features that would be annoying as hell all the time except for when its needed

      • diggitydang

        Yeah, you can say I told you so when my kids delete my camera roll, or post a bunch of random characters on my Facebook profile. Hahaha!!

  • Abbas

    ROFL @ 0:22 ‘please give me the finger’

  • Alberto Espinal

    Just what i was waiting for! No more numeric pad and turning away so people can’t see your password, can’t wait!!

  • Drake Miller

    I think this is kinda scary thing .. I’m not talking about Elias .. I’m talking about other developers who can take the advantage of Touch ID and simple take our fingerprints.
    Everyone should think about that point.

    • Alberto Espinal

      I don’t think they are taking your fingerprint, the tweak just copies the Touch ID fingerprint that is already scanned or you have to do a separate scan for the tweak!!

      • Drake Miller

        i already said that i’m not talking about this dev, i’m talking generally about all other devs who can take the advantage of Touch ID and use it in other ways..

    • Stefano

      Apple May have given developers the SDK to work with touch id

      • Drake Miller

        but .. devs could take our fingerprints and ..

      • Bob

        They’re encrypted, they don’t have access to them.

      • Stefano

        Unlikely anyone wants to go through that. Let’s be honest; you take someone’s social, fingerprint, you may have their identity for some short period of time, you might rack up several thousand dollars, but you will not get far. We are living in a time where you will get caught and it’s a matter of time. Every credit card I can think of offered fraud protection up to astronomical numbers, why, because they’re confident enough the thief will be brought down to justice.

  • James

    Awesome hope we can have it to power off phone?

  • Hmm.. How is he testing that on a 5s while mobile substrate doesn’t work on the 5s, and which IS needed for code injection if I recall correct?

  • RyanFoley

    I think someone needs to add multi person support with touch ID, since everyone has their own fingerprint. For example, maybe everyone in my household can use their own fingerprint to get into apps like music, etc. But things like messages and contacts require MY fingerprint.

  • Dante Arellano

    good stuff but don’t mess with the touch id guys u give to them something than they was looking for for years

  • Scarydude766

    Someone should make a tweak that can launch apps depending on what finger you use to unlock your phone. It would be a great time saver. I’m sure lots of people would use it.

    • Bob

      That’s a very good idea.

      • Scarydude766

        Thank you. 🙂

  • lucadaddabbo

    So Apple lied! They said that Touch ID sensor and its data are accessible only by iOS. They also said that the sensor data is stored into the A7 chip and nothing could read or use it. So, how is possible that he is using the fingerprint data stored on the phone? Wasn’t it accessible only by the touch ID? This makes me so doubtful…