• Apple Adds Passcode Requirement for Touch ID

    Macworld has reported that Apple is secretly adding a new Touch ID rule in iOS. This new rule requires a user to enter a passcode to unlock the iPhone or iPad when the device has not been unlocked using a passcode for 6 consecutive days and has not been unlocked using Touch ID in the past 8 hours.

    Up until now, iOS prompted users to use the passcode for unlocking purposes when the device was restarted or switched on, has not been unlocked for over 48 hours, was remotely locked using Find My iPhone, and after five unsuccessful Touch ID unlocking attempts. iOS also prompts users to enter the passcode while adding a new fingerprint to Touch ID.

    This is likely going to be a pretty common scenario that many iPhone and iPad owners are going to face, since the Touch ID sensor is very accurate and reliable, which makes entering passcode to unlock and iOS device a redundant method. I almost exclusively use Touch ID to unlock my iPad and the device does sit idle for more than 8 hours at a stretch without me using it.

    Apple says that it added this new Touch ID rule with the release of iOS 9 last year itself, but the change only appeared in the iOS Security Guide on May 12, 2016. It remains unclear what prompted Apple to take this decision. Nonetheless, its a minor change and most iOS users are likely never going to notice it.

    [Via MacWorld]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Adds New Passcode Requirement for Touch ID started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      This seems like a terrible idea! I mean, good for security I guess, but bad for convenience. And lets face it, 99% of customers care only about convenience.
    1. xushi's Avatar
      xushi -
      Agree. Somehow this seems related to the last FBI iPhone hack and some basic prevention method (or stalling). But yea very inconvenient.
    1. matakibiker's Avatar
      matakibiker -

      Kinda risky maybe? But I understand why
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      So you enter your passcode once every 8 hours? Not that big of a deal.
    1. matakibiker's Avatar
      matakibiker -
      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      So you enter your passcode once every 8 hours? Not that big of a deal.
      That's if you haven't used Touch ID in the last 8 hours. Every time you use Touch, it resets the 8 hour timer
    1. roger1079's Avatar
      roger1079 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      This seems like a terrible idea! I mean, good for security I guess, but bad for convenience. And lets face it, 99% of customers care only about convenience.
      Talk about blowing something out of proportion. Unless you are using a complex password instead of a 4 or 6 digit numeric passcode and commonly leave your device untouched for extended periods of time I fail to see how this is inconvenient by any stretch of the word. For someone that is a heavy sleeper this measure could potentially save users from unauthorized access to their data. I have a buddy that got caught by his significant other who unlocked his phone with Touch ID while he was sleeping. Regardless of how you feel about infidelity in a relationship the fact remains that she gained access to someone else's sensitive and private information without permission using his "password" which was his fingerprint under that circumstance. Another friend had a minor accident and was accused by the other driver of texting while driving. When the officer asked if she would show him her messaging app to see when the last message was sent she refused. Because she had alcohol on her breath (from 1 beer 30 minutes prior with dinner) they found it to be probable cause to put her through the paces of a field sobriety test which she passed. During that process one of the officers used her finger to unlock the phone and she was not only cited for the accident but also received several tickets, one of which was for texting while driving. She took it to court and plead not guilty and her attorney attempted to get the phone evidence thrown out as she refused voluntary access to the phone during the incident. However immoral and irresponsible her actions were for texting and driving, she would have walked away from that with far less repurcussuons had Touch ID been disabled or needed actual password entry due to a device security timeout as an officer cannot legally compel you to type or disclose a password, but there is nothing preventing them from compelling you to touch your phone in a certain place. They got in on the second finger they tried. Her attorney vigorously tried to have the texting thrown out, but that law (at least in Florida) has not evolved to include biometric locks on phones as passwords. The complaints about this are greatly unwarranted as most will not even notice the change except when getting off work or waking up in the morning. Outside of those circumstances I don't know any people that go that much time without accessing their device.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Maybe what's needed is a quick and easy way to lock the phone to require a passcode. How about pushing the home button when the lock screen is visible? When a sticky situation presents itself, lock it down. Sounds like a handy jailbreak app someone should develop. Or just set it up using Activator.
      When "the man" shows up, better safe than sorry.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      I was wondering why during some mornings it said your phone restarted so you must enter your passcode.
    1. kelkel5313's Avatar
      kelkel5313 -
      The Touch ID is not that great actually.
    1. icebox93's Avatar
      icebox93 -
      8 hours is too short, because that means for many, it's a requirement that a passkey get entered every morning. 10 or 12 hours would be more reasonable.
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