Video: Cat’s Paw Successfully Unlock’s iPhone 5s Using Touch ID
Ever since the iPhone 5s got introduced and Touch ID was confirmed, the media has spent a lot of time debating the usefulness of the feature, as well as the degree to which it’ll function as advertised. We’ve even gone so far as worrying about whether or not ill-doers will be able to cut off someone’s finger and use it to access a stolen iPhone 5s… But not till today–the actual day of release–have we been able to test out Touch ID using biometric input from a non-human… With that, we present you with 11 seconds of video in which a cat’s paw successfully unlocks the new iPhone.
Is there anything else that needs to be said? Before this amusing clip starts stirring up security controversy, let it be known that cats have unique “paw prints,” and the maker of the video was careful to point out that other paws didn’t work once this gray feline was added as one of the five Touch ID profiles on this particular iPhone 5s.
In addition to the cat’s paw, Touch ID was also found to work on other parts of the body besides the fingertip including the heel of the palm and the forearm (how long before that concept gets taken way too far?). As you might expect, the functionality of Touch ID was found to be less reliable when not restricted to the fingertip.
Perhaps we should just be glad everyone is getting this Touch ID “testing” out of their systems on day one… If you found this article as the result of an intense interest in whether or not Apple’s new Touch ID tech has been hacked yet, let this site be your next stop.