iOS users should learn about Apple Touch ID security changes. These are recent changes the company has just added. From now on you should enter your passcode when you wish to unlock iPad / iPhone more often. Here is what changes the ‘fruit’ giant brings.
Right now you enter Apple Touch ID passcode only if your iDevice was restarted, rebooted, switched on, remotely locked through Find My iPhone app or wasn’t unlocked for over 2 days. Besides, you had to enter the password after you tried to unlock with Touch ID for 5 times and failed. All users should also enter the code when they are adding a new fingerprint to the system.
The changes are meant to protect the iPhone. From now on all newest iOS 9.3.2 and other iOS users will be forced to enter Apple Touch ID password if they weren’t using passcode unlock for 6 days or haven’t unlocked your iPhone or other device with Touch ID for the last 8 hours.
These are new rules that could hopefully improve iPhone security. The Touch ID option is using your saved fingerprint to unlock the smartphone screen without any passcode. Still you can no longer use only Touch ID unlock feature as you’ll be forced to provide the password at least once every six day.
By the way, according to Apple this change isn’t new and was added with iOS 9 release. Still officially it is reflected in documents only this May.
The new iOS 9.3 features allow users protecting their apps with Touch ID. For example, you can secure Notes on iOS 9.3 with Touch ID. This is easy to do if you follow our step-by-step guide. Before you proceed – make sure you have downloaded and installed iOS 9.3 firmware on your iPhone.
The latest mobile operating system update arrives with multiple changes. Most of them are interesting and some are exclusive, like the one that works with Touch ID.
Step 2. Select the note you wish to protect with Touch ID.
Step 3. Click on Share option which is located at the top right.
Step 4. Press Lock option.
Step 5. You need to create a password. This is a one-time step since all future notes will be secured with the same password. The next time you’ll have to either enter the password or scan finger since iOS 9.3 option relies on Touch ID.
Step 6. There is no need to turn on Touch ID feature as it is enabled on iPhone / iPad which supports it.
Step 7. Once you have entered your password – click Done. Remember to click on Lock icon you will fin on the top. Without this the notes will be accessible.
Step 8. That’s it. The selected note is secured.
You can repeat this guide for all the notes in Notes iOS 9.3 application or some of them. It’s up to you.
The recently reported iOS 8.3 Bluetooth issues are not the first problems with this new firmware version. Apple released its update for iPhone and iPad mobile operating system last week. You can easily download iOS 8.3 for free using direct links however you are not protected from various bugs.
Firstly, users noted that they couldn’t use Touch ID in the App Store. This problem can be mostly solved with restore and Settings option update. Secondly, iOS 8.3 Bluetooth GPS receiver problem surfaced. Thirdly, a lot of iDevice owners complain about poor battery life. As you can see there are numerous problems in different areas and, as always, the new mobile firmware from the ‘fruit’ company isn’t perfect.
There is a report shared by software company ForeFlight where it mentions the issue with Bluetooth GPS receivers after iOS 8.3 installation. This is not a secret problem and it does exist for users who have these receivers. The issue mostly relates to the early GPS accessories that cannot work correctly with different mobile applications such as ForeFlight Mobile.
However, the new issue doesn’t affect all receivers. There are no problems with Stratus or Bad Elf Pro+ accessories. There are no comments from Apple at this point.
If you happen to experience Bluetooth GPS receiver issues after updating to 8.3 version you are highly advised to disconnect the accessories that stopped working. Instead, you can use the built-in GPS for now on your iPad. Keep waiting till the Cupertino-based company releases the update with the fixes to its current problems.
The ‘fruit’ giant is already working on iOS 8.4 beta as it seeded the first one to developers earlier this week. Maybe this next upgrade is designed to solve some iOS 8.3 problems and bugs. Have you had any issues followed by the new update?
We have earlier reported that some users came across Touch ID not working on iOS 8.3 after update to this most recent public version of iPhone firmware. If you still experience this problem you might like to fix it. We’ll tell you what to do in order to get rid of an unpleasant issue with iDevice Touch ID option.
Firstly, if you installed or read iOS 8.3 release notes you know that this operating system offers a number of new features and updates. It comes with a big library of new Emojis, support for more Siri languages, CarPlay Wireless option and a lot of other great changes from the Cupertino-based company.
Secondly, the most recent update came with one bug. A number of users noticed they could no longer use Touch ID for buying apps, downloading free programs and updating games and apps in the App Store. The store just stopped giving them this option asking for their ID and password only.
How to Fix Touch ID Not Working iOS 8.3 Issue
Step 1. You’ll have to use some magic inside Settings application.
Step 2. Inside Settings you should find Touch ID & Passcode option. Do you see it? Click on it.
Step 3. It is time to disable this option for iTunes & App Store.
Step 4. Reboot the iOS 8.3 iPhone.
Step 5. Unlock the lockscreen by entering your password.
Step 6. Go to Settings – Touch ID & Passcode once again.
Step 7. Enable the feature for App Store and iTunes.
Step 8. Go to the App Store or iTunes and try to download or update something. Everything should be ok now. It should become possible to pay for applications and upgrade them via Touch ID on 8.3 firmware version.
P.S. While most users are enjoying the new changes in 8.3, Apple has already seeded the next iOS 8.4 to developers and testers.
You have most likely heard that Apple released a new firmware update iOS 8.3 which is a major one. There are some new options and a huge list of fixes the company has added. Users who had time to install this system report iOS 8.3 Touch ID not working issue. It looks like there are some bugs Apple didn’t think of.
In case you also experience iPhone Touch ID not working after update problem, here is some information we’ve got. The Cupertino-based company has most likely forgot to add the authorization for App Store purchases and this is why a lot of iPhone and iPad owners who installed iOS 8.3 cannot buy apps and download applications and games from this online store using their fingerprint.
Who report on the bugs with 8.3 update? According to Apple Support forums, users who have the smartphone and tablets [at least iPad mini3 and iPad Air 2] came across the new problem. They are not able to use Touch ID option inside the App Store.
The store simply doesn’t ask them to verify the fingerprint thus a purchase is impossible. It is also problematic to download or update the games and apps a user already has on his or her ‘fruit’ device. You can still enter the password for your ID to complete the purchase or download, but no matter what you are doing with your Touch ID the iOS Store doesn’t support this feature at the moment.
The number of affected users is growing. It might be a temporary issue. The iOS company might fix it or leave it as it is not allowing Touch ID to be used for online purchases in its application store.
We might see the fix to this new 8.3 bug in the small 8.3.1 update. This is just a prediction. Have you tried to buy an app using your Touch ID after updating?
Are you satisfied with your iPhone Touch ID scanner security? How can you be sure that no hacker accesses your personal information by using various methods that allow bypassing lockscreen? These questions arise in every Apple customer’s mind once in a while. Hackers also add their doubts assuring that this is not the type of security you can rely on completely.
How secure is iPhone fingerprint scanner? Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club also known as CCC shared some thoughts on this important topic. CCC know about security more than anyone can imagine because they have already hacked Apple’s Touch ID scanner and know for sure that it is possible to bypass this security option using an image of a fingerprint.
CCC is the biggest hacker association in Europe. They have proved that if you have a public photograph of a fingerprint of a person whose iPhone you can get in hands, you can also create a fake fingerprint and access this smartphone with ease.
Of course, chances that a hacker will get your iPhone and find a photograph of your fingerprint are low. Such method can work with famous people, celebs and politicians. For ordinary customers, there are other tools hackers can use. We’ve mentioned different black box tools that can use brute-force method to guess your passcode and bypass the scanner security by entering your real passcode. This is also the reality and Apple cannot deny that it is truly possible to hack its Touch ID security in multiple ways.
Even modern biometric security cannot be the one reliable tool that protects your iPhone or other smartphone from intruders. The companies have to think of other security methods as well. What do you think about this? Are you still sure that your Touch ID scanner is secured enough for you not to worry about anything?
It is possible to unlock Mac with Touch ID iPhone or your iOS passcode. There is a special program that allows users unlocking their computer with the help of Apple ‘fruit’ mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.
This tool you might like to use is called MacID. It supports iOS 8 versions up to iOS 8.2 [here is how you can install iOS 8.2 on your iPhone] which was presented this March. Apple is currently working on iOS 8.3 update, but this firmware is still available in betas only.
How to Unlock Mac with Touch ID
Step 1. Download MacID from the App Store. It usually costs some money, but right now it is free to get from iTunes.
Step 2. Install the tool.
Step 3. You have to make sure that your Mac has OS X Yosemite version. If you purchased your Mac in 2013, 2014 or 2015 you are surely good to go.
Step 4. Your Mac has to support Bluetooth 4.0 LE option.
Step 5. Use iPhone passcode to unlock Mac if you have iPhone 5c, 5, 4S or earlier model. If you own iPhone 6 Plus, 6 or 5S you can unlock with Touch ID option.
Step 6. Wake up your Mac, authorize and unlock it right from the iPhone lock screen by entering the passcode or using your fingerprint.
Everything is simple. This way you are able to distantly control your Mac, unlock and lock it.
What do you think about remote Mac unlocking option?
There are a lot of Apple patents that don’t mean that the company will implement everything it files. The USPTO lately granted another patent to Apple where the iPhone giant is working on Touch ID syncing over iCloud. The document mentions the possibility to sync user’s fingerprints to secondary gadgets via iCloud.
According to the idea, users of the iDevices might have to verify their Apple ID data in order to have their fingerprint image being accepted by Touch ID. The information is to be encrypted, and once it is uploaded to the cloud it can be passed on to a different iOS smartphone or tablet that is linked to user’s Apple account.
Of course, it won’t happen as simple as it sounds. The iOS giant will have to collect the fingerprint from the secondary device that must match the original biometric data and user’s original fingerprint. Then such data can be shared via Bluetooth or NFC through the encryption.
Apple’s new patent works along with Apple Pay service. As the company describes it, users who wish to buy something using the iOS mobile payment system can use the fingerprint data that is stored in iCloud.
This might happen only if the sale terminal includes the fingerprint scanner and is capable of processing user’s ‘to-be matched’ fingerprint through Bluetooth / NFC without Internet.
The iPhone maker gives its new patent that was filed in the summer of 2013 a long name. If you are curious, it goes as ‘Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods.’
Would you like such a feature to become real in the future?
There is a way how to hack a fingerprint on iPhone. It is known that Touch ID has popularized and mainstreamed biometric security on mobile devices. The sensor built into the Home button. It gained the sophisticated technology developed by Israeli smart sensor maker AuthenTec. Touch ID debuted on the iPhone 5s.
Although the fingerprint-based security solutions that exists at current time could be easily bypassed by generating a fingerprint image from a series of images of someone’s finger.
In Germany, at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club conference in Hamburg, Jan Krissler revealed that he has managed to hack the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen by using only some close-range photos taken from multiple angles.
Krissler did not even require any object that carried her fingerprint or the Defense Minister’s original fingerprint to create its replica. He used VeriFinger software to create the fake fingerprint from multiple images that were taken during a conference in September, including a close-up her thumb image.
He claimed that the similar method can be used to fool other security methods like facial recognition. He confirms the conceptional weaknesses of biometrical authentication.
Although it has not yet been proved that Chaos Computer Club fingerprint replica generated from a series of photos of someone’s finger could be tapped to bypass Touch ID.
It is understandable that there is no thing as the unbreakable biometric security system and Touch ID is no exception. Jan Krissler strongly believes that passwords are far more secure than relying on biometric security systems. As an example, he showed how to hack a fingerprint on iPhone and then use fake fingerprint to unlock the device. It features a ‘Touch ID’ fingerprint sensor integrated into its home button.
Even though Krissler has managed to prove that fingerprint sensors are not as secure as traditional passwords.
There are different rumors about iPhone 7 features. There were almost the same situation before iPhone 6 along with iPhone 6 Plus release. There were various iPhone 7 concepts about two new generation devices features, designs, firmware and improvements after the iPhone 5 and 5s were launched to public. Martin Hajek is known for rendered images of the iPad Air 2 design and the iPad mini 3 look and for design language of two iPhone 6/6 Plus devices before theirs launch. He just introduced his concept of the next awaited smartphone from Cupertino, the iPhone 7.
Taking into consideration that Apple’s iPhone 6 / 6 Plus really surprised all of us with theirs modern development of size, camera and other important details we still feel that Apple company could have done better. Many users are not satisfied with the radio bands at the back that should be improved somehow.
Martin Hajek introduced us the future iPhone model that every users will be able to use with its sparkling design. This time he has actually kept it quite simple. Although design can be pretty but it will be a huge flop if it will not be practical in usage.
The concept pictures show the new iPhone 7 as a iOS device that pretty much retains the the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus platforms. However the smartphone sports a display that extends to the edges all its 4 sides wrapping around the Touch ID Home button and the front speaker grill.
Although Hajek takes our attention to free-form displays development already in the works at Sharp.
It could look like achieving corners might be challenging given the large displays, however it will be certainly great meaning that this could permit Apple to extend display size whilst decreasing the size of the body.
Hajek throws in one of possible iPhone 7 features rendition, that is rather simple but can’t be released as a possibility in the coming year or two. That is an iPhone with dramatically narrow edges, and an improved body-to-screen ratio.