As night follows day, it's been nothing but bad security news since:
It took Germany's Chaos Computing Club, an elite hacker group, just days to break fingerprint authentication, simply by boosting the resolution of a fake fingerprint scan.
iOS 7's activation lock might be great as a deterrent to thieves, but once a device is bricked, there's no unbricking it. This will even affect users who forget their passwords, and can't -- for any reason -- reset it.
Curiously, it's not necessary to enter a passcode to reach the control center -- meaning that anyone who gets hold of the device can disable the find my phone feature. Handy for thieves.
It's also means it's possible to get access to photo galleries and social media accounts -- via the alarm clock's sleep button, of all things. Here's a video which shows you how:
Note that this iOS 7 flaw, for which Apple is rapidly issuing a patch, doesn't seem to work for the iPhone 5s or 5c, but only for other devices running iOS 7.
That's a nice little tangle, but nothing which can't be fixed--except for the fingerprint vulnerability. As security guru Bruce Schneier says, "Your fingerprint isn't a secret; you leave it everywhere you touch." Although, as Schneier also points out, if "some bad guy has your iPhone and your fingerprint, you've probably got bigger problems to worry about" than mere device-hacking.
The real problem, as so often, has been one of presentation. There was really no need for Apple to rhapsodize about security, let alone to make grand, but obviously false, claims for its biometrics. It's egg-on-face week at Cupertino.
Leave the authority and reliability of fingerprint scanner aside; I am amazed at all the fuss created about security of the cell phones. I mean cell phone is secure as long as it is in your hands and that's where it is always now-a-days. Most of the people never really bother about setting a passcode for their phones.
@ Bolingbroke, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with sales. Apple lovers are going to get their new iPhone 5s and 5c notwithstanding these security problems. But wait a minute, how long will it not have an effect on sales? People may not get weary with security issues, but they would certainly start doubting the credibility of what Apple promises to provide in their new gadgets.
People don't like change, when things don't look like they used to, people complain, they always complain.
Same thing happened over at Yahoo with their Sports and Fantasy Sports websites, things changed and people whined and complained.
I am far from an Applelogist, but I see no major issues with the new OS in terms of it being ugly, it does look better on an Ipad than an Iphone, but it is just different than the previous versions and the lines are less bold, which gives it a little bit more of a muted tone to it, and then the changing of iconshas thrown people off.
I will say I don't like the new safari browser, they combined the search field with the URL field, it's a little more annoying to use.
There are 2 major features that I think are great, but seem to be overlooked by so many people.
The first is how much easier it is to actually close an application now, instead of just seeing the icons listed along the bottom when you double click the button, you actually see the apps, can scroll through them, see what is on their screens, and just swipe them away to close them. Before you needed to hold your finger on an app til they started to shake and there was a tiny - sign in a red dot that you had to touch, this is faster and easier.
The second is actually a huge time saver set of functions, that's the new control panel screen when you swipe up from the bottom. Having fast access to the Airplane mode, wifi on/off, blutooth on/off, sleep, rotation lock, brightness, volume, clock, calculator, camera and the flashlight are pretty great in my opinion. All those things are so commonly used and they used to take 5 or 6 clicks to find some of them in the older OS, I will welcome that change.
Overall, not many real complaints, but I am still not going to update to a 5 from my older iphone yet, I don't feel like buying a whole slew of new chargers and like being able to carry/use 1 to charge my multiple iproducts.
In regards to your comment about mobile banking, I have used 5 different banks mobile applications on a smart phone.
Not a single one of those actually displays my account numbers.
Not a single one has allowed me to do anything other than view balances, view transactions, view statements, and transfer money between my own accounts.
Same for my credit card mobile applications and access through the bank's websites.
The closest thing I can think of that someone could possibly actually get access to your money would be through an online bill pay, but even that has doublechecks on the human side that would probably catch it.
What bank allows you to use their mobile app to withdraw money in some way? Does your phone print the cash?
I do find it interesting that Apple chose fingerprint technology, instead of voice authentication. Apple already has Siri going, and Siri could have been used to implement a voice authentication system... but instead a fingerprint was used.
I wonder if Google's "OK, Glass" voice system will try to use voice authentication for other services (like authorizing Google Play purchases, etc)... and try to offer a voice-based way to authenticate various transactions.
It'll be interesting to see if fingerprints are better than voice authorizations....
I work in the biometrics industry, and even if you use a high-quality biometric reader device, I don't think anyone is ready to claim 100% accuracy yet. Of course, no security system, even a multi-factor authentication system, is 100% foolproof.
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