Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Fingerprints

Craig Hockenberry, on the rumoured fingerprint sensor in the upcoming iPhone:

Imagine needing to type in a eight character password with letters and numerals just to check the current weather. That’s a reality for millions of people who use their device for both personal and business tasks.

A fingerprint scanner that avoids this complex password will sell a lot of devices.

Yep. I would give a substantial amount of money to never type in a passcode again while also retaining a modicum of security. A fingerprint sensor in the home button sounds like a perfect solution. Even if it had up to a 10% failure rate — that is, one out of every ten unlock attempts fails — that would still be better than I typically manage with my passcode. A typically-Apple level of integration would make it a killer feature.