Touch ID

Why doesn't Touch ID work on my repaired iPhone?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Episode 1455

Nam from Lake Forest, CA

Nam gave his daughter a used iPhone 6, but after fixing the charging port, the fingerprint reader doesn't work. Leo says that Apple has disabled it because it was fixed by a third party. It's really for their own protection. If he takes the phone into Apple and tells them what happened, they should be able to restore the function, but understand that they may not.

What do you think of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Episode 1343

Ross from Philadelphia, PA

Ross wants to know Leo's thoughts on the new MacBook Pro. Leo says that the screen is gorgeous, but he still says that the keyboard, while usable, isn't as good as the original one. The huge trackpad is pretty fantastic. He's not thrilled with the USB-C connectors, because he now has to buy dongles to keep using his externals.

Can you use something other than a fingerprint for Touch ID?

Apple iPhone 6

Episode 1178

Brad from Peoria, IL

Brad hears that you don't have to use your fingerprint for Apple's Touch ID -- you can actually use other body parts. Knuckles, palms, and even noses can work. Some guitar players or construction workers who have callouses on their fingers may not be able to use fingerprints. So for those people, they need to think outside the box.

Why doesn't Apple put Touch ID on a mouse?

Apple Magic Mouse

Episode 1172

Les from United Kingdom

Les is interested in Touch ID and how it can be used with laptops. Why hasn't Apple integrated this into computers yet? Leo says that Touch ID is a great new feature in the iPhone, and a better fingerprint reader is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6 too. But if Apple doesn't see a market for it on a computer, they won't offer it. But if they notice others doing it, then Apple will swoop in and do it better.

Some are using the Knock app, but Leo's had mixed results with it. The chatroom says the Mac ID app will do it.

Are Your Fingerprints Secure With Apple's Touch ID?

Episode 1017

Apple's iPhone 5s comes with a new security feature called Touch ID, which allows users to unlock their phones with their fingerprint. This struck a chord with many people concerned about privacy after the string of news stories about NSA surveillance, but the way Apple implemented this prevents fingerprints from being accessed by the NSA or any other entity. Apple does not store a picture of the actual fingerprint and doesn't upload anything to its servers.

Apple Announces iPhone 5s with Touch ID Fingerprint Recognition

Episode 1013

This week, Apple announced the new iPhone 5S which comes with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, which Leo says is an innovation that explains why Apple never chose to use NFC (near field communications) into their phone. Leo says that Touch ID has the option of being a new way to make purchases. But privacy advocates says that Touch ID could cause people to incriminate themselves as fingerprints are not protected by the 5th amendment. So Touch ID does affect user privacy in a very fundamental fashion. Leo also doesn't see the virtue of a 64 bit iOS operating system.