Ars Technic’s tech blog has a nice roundup of some of the more interesting hacks out there, but the most interesting was the one that uses Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader as a fingerprint scanner.
In this article, Ars Technics’ Joe Belfiore takes a look at the code that powers this feature, the fingerprint reader itself, and how you can use it to unlock your own iPhone.
We’ll get to Touch ID in a moment, but first, let’s get this out of the way: this feature is still in beta.
The developer behind the feature is a company called Touch ID Solutions, but it’s unclear how it will work.
Touch ID has a built-in security feature, but Apple has been careful to emphasize that the feature only works for iOS 11 devices, meaning it’s not yet secure for use with a later OS.
It’s also unclear what the developers have in mind for the feature beyond “hacking into the user’s device,” which is what we’re likely to see.
Touch IDs are used by Apple in some devices, like the iPad Pro, but they’re also being used in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices.
So while the developer of the Touch ID feature is promising “hacks that will take the fingerprint scanner out of your device,” the functionality is still very early and subject to change.
If you’re going to try to hack your own phone, you’ll need to use an older version of iOS or an older iPhone.
AppleInsider readers can’t guarantee that this feature works on iOS 11, but Touch ID works with a wide variety of devices.
If you want to try it yourself, here’s how to install Touch ID on your iPhone.
If you’d like to read more about Touch ID, the company has a handy FAQ on how to set it up, and if you’d prefer to see a demonstration of the feature, you can check out the video embedded above.
The fingerprint reader is an open-source, 3D-printed component that was originally developed by Apple.
The company claims that it’s able to recognize more than a billion different fingerprints, and is a bit difficult to break apart.
But this isn’t the first time Apple has used a fingerprint reader in a hack, and the developer behind it is one of the most prominent in the tech industry.
Earlier this year, Apple debuted a new feature called TouchID for developers that lets developers create a fingerprint sensor that can be used to unlock iPhones, iPads, and Macs.