Reports that the iPhone 5s's fingerprint scanner could lead to serious security breaches have not fazed most consumers, a survey reveals.
The biometric technology in the iPhone 5s is being billed as its killer software feature, a la Siri and FaceTime before it.
Dubbed Touch ID and intended to make iPhones more secure, the fingerprint sensor enables owners to unlock their iPhone 5s simply by running their hand over the home button. Thus elminating the risk of passcodes falling into the wrong hands.
However, ever since the iPhone 5’s Touch ID biometric scanner was announced, security experts have crawled en masse from their underground bunkers to claim that the technology could be a boon for hackers.
Previously, inventive researchers have been able to bypass fingerprint scanners in all sorts of lo-fi, DIY ways.
Not least among them was the team of US show Mythbusters which wormed its way past a scanner with a photocopied print of a fingerprint on a piece of paper.
But a poll of uSwitch readers appears to reveal that that security wonks' fears haven’t filtered down to the huddled, shivering iMasses queuing outside App Stores to get their hands on a 5S tomorrow.
Asked if they harboured privacy concerns over Touch ID, 57 per cent of our sample of 1,128 site users answered ‘no’.
The findings suggest that Apple’s pledge not to store fingerprint images on devices, lest it expose user to nefarious hackers, could have assuaged consumers' fears.
Or it could be that the uSwitch Tech user base are uncommonly unconcerned by the kind of privacy breaches that vex the paranoid tinfoil hat brigade/people concerned about tech firms riding roughshod over customers’ rights [delete as you feel applicable, dear reader. We're sitting on the fence].
The survey results come on the eve of the official UK release of the iPhone 5s. The handset goes on sale tomorrow alongside its more affordable stablemate, the iPhone 5c, which omits Touch ID in the name of keeping costs down.