IOS 11 Emergency SOS Can Also Disable Touch ID

IOS 11 Emergency SOS Can Also Disable Touch ID

IOS 11 Emergency SOS Can Also Disable Touch ID

With increased security checkpoints at borders and the likely introduction of facial recognition, Apple wants a quick way to ensure only a device's true owner can unlock the phone and only when they want it unlocked.

A legal quirk can allow law enforcement to force smartphone access under certain conditions, but Apple may be providing a workaround to forced smartphone access in iOS 11. The update, which was spotted by Twitter users on the new iOS 11 public beta, can let you call 911 by tapping the home button quickly five times. This allows travelers and people who tend to get harassed by police more often - or just anyone concerned with privacy and security - to set their phone up using a long, complex password, thus locking cops and anyone who doesn't know the passphrase out. That chip is used to verify lots of secure interactions such as when you use a fingerprint to unlock a device or app or complete an Apple Pay transaction. That pulls up a screen where contacting emergency services like 911 is made easy. You already have the option to disable the Touch ID entirely from the system settings but doing this can make things inconvenient for the user.

Legally speaking, police in the U.S. can make individuals unlock their iPhone via Touch ID, but can't compel them to use their password. It's a little-publicized side-effect of the new software's panic button action, triggered by pressing the power button rapidly.

To disable the scanner previously, one would have to restart the iPhone and wait a few days until it prompts to enter the passcode, try unlocking the device with unregistered fingerprints until the phone prompts users to enter a passcode.

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