IOS 11 Gets New Emergency Feature That Disables Touch ID

19 August, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • IOS 11 Gets New Emergency Feature That Disables Touch ID

The new SOS feature on iOS 11, as discovered by a twitter user and verified by The Verge, needs the users to push the power button 5 times in rapid succession to call emergency services.

Apple apparently understands that the risk of being asked to unlock your phone is at an all-time high, because in the upcoming iOS 11 release, users are going to be able to easily loophole a confrontation. This will bring up the option of calling the emergency services and also disable the fingerprint scanner until the pass code is entered.

Files, another new app coming with iOS 11, will provide a single location for accessing all of a user's files and folders, whether they're located on the iPad itself or stored in the cloud. For starters, iOS 11 will give your iPhone a new Control Center.

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The latest iOS 11 beta has revealed a new security feature that will enable iPhone owners to temporarily disable the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The only way to get back into the phone is by entering your passcode. In current versions of iOS, Touch ID can be disabled in the settings or via a restart, both of which are relatively cumbersome compared to clicking a button five times.

The "cop button" capability was hotly debated as a potential security feature after being uncovered by the researcher, who uses the name Kia Fiasco online.

The feature can also be adjusted in the Settings app. Not that you can't already use the Apple Pencil for some things but iOS 11 has made the device even more useful. Nonetheless, clubbing it with the rumoured facial recognition lock could make the handset one of the most secure devices around. This will help unlock the phone without the need of the fingerprint identity.

But the concept also hints at how Apple could improve its smartphone range with the iPhone 9.

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