Today is the big day. People have been queuing up outside Apple stores since the predawn hours for the chance to exchange their late model Jesus phones for an even newer model. Already, just a few hours in, there are shortages. Apple cannot keep up with the insatiable appetite for iDevices.
In the pantheon of geek holidays, New Apple Phone Day falls somewhere between Pi Day (March 14) and International Talk Like a Pirate Day ('twas yesterday, matey, in case ye missed it). So it's a perfect day to talk about iPhone 5's security -- or lack thereof.
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So far, the iPhone 5s's flashy Touch ID fingerprint scanner has been proven invulnerable to hacking -- unless, of course, you walk on four legs and think that Friskies Seafood Sensations is the cat's meow.
Yesterday, Darrell Etherington posted an 11-second video to TechCrunch showing how a colleague's kitty could unlock the Touch ID fingeprint scanner on the iPhone 5s using a pawprint.
The cat's paw worked, and while it encountered more frequent failures than did a fingerprint, it was able to unlock the phone again repeatedly when positioned correctly on the sensor. Note that no other paw pads would unlock the device, and that cats essentially have unique "fingerprints" just like people, so this doesn't make the Touch ID sensor any less secure.
Before this, Etherington had spent some time registering the feline's paw with Touch ID; technically, it was one of the five authorized users the iPhone 5s allows. This also explains all those Angry Birds apps Etherington found installed on the phone.